The 72nd edition of the Golden Globes kicks off Sunday afternoon with a high-profile honoree, a vast array of starry presenters and nominees and some lingering wet weather.
Although the weather is set to clear around 3 p.m., some scattered showers could still mean a soggy walk into the Beverly Hilton Hotel, though the red carpet will be tented to keep gowns dry just in case.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return for the the third year in a row to co-host the ceremony, which starts airing on NBC at 5 p.m. PST. The hosts are expert in toeing the fine line between humor and bad taste, so expect several jokes about the Sony hacking and “The Interview,” now that the crisis has mostly passed. It will be interesting to see whether the recent French attacks will be off-limits for serious speeches, as speakers may not want to detract from the event’s light-hearted nature.
George Clooney will be on hand to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the politically involved star is likely to use his speech to make some kind of larger statement in addition to thanking the HFPA for saluting his career.
Law enforcement officials say security will be extensive — as it was planned to be even before Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in France.
“We have a tactical plan in place, but it hasn’t changed since the Paris attacks,” said Lt. Lincoln Hoshino of the Beverly Hills Police Dept. He declined to give specifics about the operation, but reminded that security has always been extensive, including cooperation with the FBI, which will also be on the scene at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday.
After 9/11, security increased exponentially for showbiz events. Awards-show reps over the years have declined to give away details of their operations but have consistently said that that security is much more extensive than is detectable to the average person. The armed guards, street closures, traffic reroutes, car searches, ID checks and undercover security people are only the tip of the iceberg.
For the first time, a drone will fly over the red carpet to provide a new angle on the arriving stars.
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The first award to be given out from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is probably the easiest to predict: J.K. Simmons is the odds-on favorite to receive the Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture award for “Whiplash.”
“Birdman” led Golden Globe nominations with seven, including Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum’s World War II drama “The Imitation Game” come in with five nominations apiece.
Matthew McConaughey, Amy Adams and Jared Leto — who won Globes last year — will be back to present awards along with Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey, Jr., Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.
On Friday, the Golden Globes website added some intrigue by mistakenly putting up “Selma” and “Into the Woods” as the winners before being removed. The tech company Bluefin took the blame.
“While testing the official website of the Golden Globe Awards for Sunday’s ceremony, Bluefin inadvertently took the test live,” a spokesperson said. “We randomly selected two film titles with no knowledge of the category winners. We are solely responsible for the error.”
In TV, “Girls,” “Orange Is the New Black” “House of Cards” and “The Good Wife” picked up several nominations. But HFPA also nominated several new series including “True Detective,” “The Affair,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Transparent” and “Silicon Valley.”
Tim Gray contributed to this report.