Although memories of the tight security and dressed-down celebrities from the Emmys are still fresh in attendees’ minds, the organizers of the 59th Golden Globes hope their event’s normal gala atmosphere will return.
“We are going to be sensitive and very appropriate to the current world situation,” says Barry Adelman, executive producer of the show, who adds that guests can expect I.D. checks, alert canines, metal detector wands and vehicle searches. “But there’s always been an atmosphere of celebration surrounding the event, and I hope to continue it.”
Adelman notes that the soaring box office numbers for pics “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” plus unexpectedly high ratings for veteran TV shows “Friends” and “Law & Order” prove that the entertainment industry serves an important function right now.
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“In times like these, people turn to us for solace and laughter,” he adds. “Films performed well during tough periods like the Great Depression and World War II. People need this, so my hope is that we’ll retain the glamour that we’ve always had.”
He also believes celebs are getting over their post-Sept 11 travel jitters and predicts the same kind of turnout that they’ve always had. Some critics thought that the large number of no-shows — several due to such fears — made the Emmycast less enjoyable.
Although ramped-up security separated the fans from the stars at the Emmys, the public are expected to be able to wave at Globes guests.
A one-hour preshow, hosted byco-exec producer Dick Clark (another Globes executive producer) and “Access Hollywood’s” Nancy O’Dell, will also zero in on the crowd.
The Golden Globes telecast is produced by Al Schwartz and Ken Shapiro; co-produced by Ron Weed; and directed by Chris Donovan. As far as the content of the show is concerned, Adelman won’t reveal too much in advance.
But he says viewers will want to tune in because of the unpredictable nature of the award season. “A Beautiful Mind” and “Moulin Rouge” are tied with the most Globes nominations at six each. But other award groups, like the American Film Institute, have recently honored different movies.
“I think you can always get excited when you don’t know the favorite or the frontrunner,” says Adelman, who is confident ratings will be strong. Last year’s numbers were a healthy 22 million viewers, but that was a couple of million less than the last two shows.
Hooks and looks
Viewers, he points out, should also get a kick out of watching “the interesting hooks in the show.” For example, Billy Bob Thornton (“The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Bandits”) and Nicole Kidman (“The Others,” “Moulin Rouge”) have been nominated in two different categories.
TV auds can expect the same relaxed show format that the Globes are known for, where the stars are allowed to speak for as long as they want onstage. That loose atmosphere likely caused Elizabeth Taylor to trip up over her speech last year, arguably one of the show’s most talked about moments.
In contrast to the stricter Academy Awards, “We don’t want to impose a rigid formula,” says Adelman, describing Taylor as “a great star” whom some people were probably a little too hard on.
“We don’t say ‘let’s go, let’s go, on to the next award,’ ” he adds, promising more surprise guests for the 2002 show. “We don’t try to inhibit people…this is when some of the famous things happen.”