Guests at the Golden Globes this Sunday will be under scrutiny from beefed-up security. But apparently it’s those darn journalists who are raising the biggest suspicions.
While nominees, presenters and guests can expect metal detectors, vehicle searches and ID checks at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the press and publicists will come under much more intense analysis. (Ironically, the event is sponsored by a journalists’ org, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.)
Press and publicists have been fingerprinted and photographed. Background checks are being conducted on those applying for credentials. Sources say a handful of journos’ backgrounds did not check out, and they have been banished from the ceremony.
For most awards shows, credentials are issued the week before the event. Not the case here. Those covering the event must go to a parking facility Sunday morning to pick up credentials and then be shuttled to the BevHilton.
With the press not allowed to park near the venue, the Associated Press is checking into a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton simply to store equipment throughout the nightlong festivities.
Others at the show will have a slightly easier time. Guests only need to provide a photo ID that matches the name on their ticket and allow their vehicle to be searched to gain entry to the 59th annual show. All guests — including newly announced presenters Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Foxx, Dennis Quaid, Dylan McDermott and Naomi Watts — will enter through a metal detector.
The post-ceremonies parties — which are held on the grounds of the BevHilton — will be more difficult than ever to meander in and out of. At the Fox party, guests will need to show a picture ID along with their invitation before being issued a wristband to gain entrance to the poolside party.
For the DreamWorks/Universal/USA Films party at Trader Vic’s, all guests not already at the hotel for the kudocast must take a shuttle to the venue and have a picture ID with their invitation to gain entry. Walk-up guests will not be admitted.
Security certainly has been heightened since Sept. 11– at November’s Emmys, for example. Before that, most events had security to keep out party crashers.
Only a few earlier events had to adhere to stricter guidelines. For instance, last summer’s massive “Pearl Harbor” junket/premiere in Hawaii subjected all guests to checks by the military. Some hoping to attend were turned away when the background checks showed outstanding warrants.
Similar security checks were in place in November when Fox preemed “Behind Enemy Lines” at the North Island Naval Station on San Diego’s Coronado Island.
All this for the Golden Globes? Hold on to your hat for the Academy Awards and start searching for your original birth certificate, third-grade report card and a note from your mother.