Red carpet talk positive for return of show

Absence certainly made Hollywood hearts fonder towards the Globes.

The one consistently expressed remark on the red carpet was how glad people were that the show was happening after last year’s truncated version.

The joy ranged from NBC Uni topper Jeff Zucker saying, “Let’s just say I’m happy there’s peace in Hollywood this year,” to one of the after-party planners saying she “couldn’t believe how happy I felt going to storage and getting all my stuff out.”

Or as one studio topper remarked not for attribution: “I’m happy to see it back and I never thought I’d say that.”

Exec producer Barry Adelman said Hollywood wanted the kudocast back because “it’s part of your body rhythm. You’re just ready to do the Globes at this time of year.”

What Hollywood got back was the same crazy the scene prior to the show — a year off changed nothing. “The people asking questions are either intelligent and funny, or mentally challenged,” Jeff Garlin from the red carpet. “And about 90% are mentally challenged.”

“Wall-E” director Andrew Stanton said he enjoyed going to the award show and approached the experience “the same way I do when making a movie: I never assume I’ll do it again.”

Industry types weren’t the only ones glad to see the show back. There were roughly 250 fans in the bleachers who bought packages that started at $3,000 that included a room at the BevHilton, breakfast and a box lunch. They were joined by what looked like glamorously dressed tourists who all seemed to have auto-focus cameras and wandered as far as security would let them in the lobby.

What the industry got was “one of the best rooms in business,” in Showtime topper Matt Blank’s words and maybe a bump in the award season, though Focus topper James Schamus said the kudos should be seen as a stand-alone event.

What it came down to for a lot of guests was there’s nothing like going to the Globes.

“Where else,” said “Slumdog Millionaire” helmer Danny Boyle, “are you going to find this kind of madness for film.”

A correction was made to this article on Jan. 23, 2009.

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