Getting there is half the battle

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For the nominees, arriving at the Globes presents some problems.

Bill Nighy (“Gideon’s Daughter”) said, “I always forget how looney it is. You get out of the car, see the red carpet and you want to go back to the hotel and have a lie down.”

Lining that long red carpet were roughly 200 credentialed photogs, camera crews and reporters. And if the day is stressful on the nominees, it’s not a particularly noble day for journalism.

The same question (“What are you wearing?”) is repeated over and over and over. And the answers (“Armani,” “Versace,” “My friend Betty from high school designed it”) tend to be cut from the same cloth.

And if asking a woman what she’s wearing gets at least an animated response, asking a man what kind of tuxedo he wearing usually engenders either a blank look; some fumbling to see what the label says; or one word — rented.

Besides the press, adding to the celebratory atmosphere were roughly 500 fans in bleachers set just above the limo drop. Some had an HFPA connection that got them seats, but the majority were guests at the hotel.

The BevHilton sold 198 $2,200 to $3,000 red carpet packages that include two nights at the hotel; a pair of bleacher seats and breakfast.

The Globes are clearly a tough ticket. Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger had best picture noms for both “Little Children” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” but said Berger, “we still couldn’t get our wives tickets into the show.”

The technical side of arrivals went smoothly enough. Early on, music from “Dreamgirls” was playing so loudly over the red carpet the networks complained they couldn’t hear answers during interviews. It was shut off.

But what some might think could be a problem would come later in the evening.

A HFPA staffer who’d been in the ballroom said he noticed Cameron Diaz was seated at another table but just inches from now ex Justin Timberlake.

This late in the game he decided there was nothing to do about it. Anyway, he thought their meeting would be “interesting.”

As for the suits, there’s a good reason for an exec to attend the Golden Globes and Mouse House topper Bob Iger expressed it succinctly: “I’ve got a rooting interest.”

MPAA topper Dan Glickman echoed the same professional motives for attending. “We care about the overall economic health of the business,” said Glickman. “The awards shows are part of the film business shtick. If you were in the aerospace business, you’d be at the Paris air show.”

As for the delicate task of an exec coming to a studio after the big nominee was made, DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider said, “I wasn’t there for the beginning of ‘Dreamgirls,’ but I’m happy to be there at the end.”

And as for the delicate task of being an exec who’s studio had a big year in 2006 but sparse picking this time around, Focus topper James Schamus said: “I’m here just parking cars.”

Hearing this, Lions Gate’s Tom Ortenberg said: “James Schamus can park my car anytime.”

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