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Golden Globes Considers Paying Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

The red carpet was officially rolled out for this year’s Golden Globe Awards by host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday morning. The first-time host was joined by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria, as well as this year’s Misses Golden Globe Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet Stallone at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills to kick-off the official start of this year’s ceremony.

With last year still fresh in people’s minds, it’s anyone’s guess who or what Fallon will poke at come Sunday night. But as Golden Globes executive producer Barry Adelman states, the ceremony has never been about censorship, so all topics are fair game.

Adelman also stated that although the ceremony hasn’t included an “In Memoriam” segment, there are talks about paying tribute to the notable stars who passed away in the past month.

“We’ve always kept the show as a celebration and as a party, and yet we realize this is a special circumstance — certainly with the recent passings of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. So we’re going to acknowledge it, but we’re still in discussion with exactly how we’re going to do that.”

Fisher and Reynolds will be reportedly be laid to rest together in a private funeral on Friday, two days before the Globes.

As preparations ensued in transforming the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom into Golden Globe chic, guests were given a preview of the venue as they enjoyed the show’s official Moët & Chandon champagne. Whilst each year of production remaining more or less the same, some unpredictable issues will inevitably emerge, according to stage manager Debbie Williams, who has worked on the telecast for 28 years.

“The chaos of it is what I love and that kind of never changes,” Williams said. “This has always been one of those shows that is kind of unpredictable. It’s a party. People say, ‘Why can’t other shows be like the Globes?’ Well, they can’t — there is only one Golden Globes.”

“Nothing is off limits at the Golden Globes,” added Adelman, who also serves as EVP of Television for Dick Clark Productions. “[Co-producer and Dick Clark Productions CEO Allen Shapiro and I] certainly don’t impose any restrictions on anybody. Jimmy does it every night and he knows exactly what to do.”

The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. PST.

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