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Golden Globes 2014: Five compelling reasons to tune in on Sunday

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Awards season 2014 kicks off on Sunday with the Golden Globes, one of Hollywood’s biggest and most famous parties. Oh yeah, lots of accolades will be given out too. There are plenty of reasons to tune in, but there are definitely five more compelling ones. From fabulous fashions to free-flowing alcohol, the Golden Globes always throws a tremendous affair and TV event. Emily Yahr from “The Washington Post” explained the Golden Globes on Jan. 9 by writing:

Hollywood doesn’t really need an excuse to throw a boozy party or spend three hours of handing out self-congratulatory prizes, but the Golden Globes have always been a delightful, slightly strange tradition that combines both.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and the 80s biopic “American Hustle” lead the nominations in the motion picture category with seven each. On the television side, “House of Cards,” the Netflix hit starring Kevin Spacey, and the HBO made-for-TV movie about Liberace titled “Behind the Candelabra” lead the pack with four nominations each.

It will be interesting to see the highbrow stars of film mix it up with the underlings of television. Here are five more compelling reasons to watch the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
In 2012, Ricky Gervais offended not only TV viewers, but also members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with his off-handed dry wit and sometimes crude commentary. That was his demise. In 2013, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey stepped in to provide a more lighthearted approach the hosting gig. The comedy duo was such a smash that they were asked back for two more years. “It’s wonderful news,” Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA, stated in a press release. “They have always been our first choice as hosts and we’re delighted they’re back for the next two years,” he added. According to the Huffington Post, the 2013 Golden Globes was the most watched broadcast in six years. The show is sure to repeat its successful formula in 2014. In an interview with the “Hollywood Reporter,” Poehler explained that she doesn’t like to take nasty jabs just for a few cheap laughs. The “SNL” alum added, “We’re not mean. That’s really not our thing.” Which is quite refreshing. To see Amy and Tina talk about how they prepare for the Golden Globe Awards, be sure to watch the funny video above.

2. A Parade of Hollywood Heavyweights
In addition to the impressive list of nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has also attracted a ton of Hollywood heavyweights who will show up just to present awards to their hard-working colleagues. Oh, yeah. And to claim their highly coveted and extremely valuable goody bag. The following stars are set to present awards at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards.

  • Tom Hanks
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Julie Bowen
  • Laura Dern
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Colin Farrell
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Mila Kunis
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Seth Meyers
  • Laim Neeson
  • Margot Robbie
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Channing Tatum
  • Uma Thurman
  • Emma Watson
  • Naomi Watts
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Reece Witherspoon

3. Woody Allen: The 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner
How do you solve a problem like Woody? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants to recognize Allen for his lifetime contributions to the world of movies. However, according to the “Los Angeles Times,” Woody doesn’t want the award. In fact, he won’t even be in attendance at the 2014 Golden Globes. Instead, his pal Diane Keaton, who won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for her role in Allen’s “Annie Hall,” will accept the prestigious award on his behalf. It should be interesting to see how the HFPA handles this awkward situation. Woody will be in good company. In 1953, at the 10th Annual Golden Globe Awards gala, Walt Disney received the award. The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962. Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Potier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery and Barbra Streisand have also been named honorees. In the last decade, the Cecil B. DeMille Award went to:

  • Jodie Foster (2013)
  • Morgan Freeman (2012)
  • Robert De Niro (2011)
  • Martin Scorsese (2010)
  • Steven Spielberg (2009)
  • Warren Beatty (2007)
  • Anthony Hopkins (2006)
  • Robin Williams (2005)
  • Michael Douglas (2004)
  • Gene Hackman (2003)

4. Red Carpet Fashions
Since it’s the first awards show of the season, the stars go all out to present their positively best on the red carpet. Well, at least most of them do. There are always a few fashion flops. The networks will have the entire Golden Globes covered, from the infamous red carpet walks to the celebratory after parties. Below are two red carpet TV specials and one that goes behind the scenes at the after parties.

  • “Live from the Red Carpet.” Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will cover the glitz and glamor of the Golden Globes red carpet for E! It begins at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Jan. 12.
  • “2014 Golden Globes Arrivals Special.” NBC will air a 60-minute red carpet special and a preview of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. It airs from 7-8 p.m. EST (4-5 p.m. PST) on Sunday.
  • “After the Golden Globes.” E!’s after party (11 p.m.-midnight EST) keeps the festivities going and recaps the evening.
  • “Fashion Police: The Golden Globes.” A special edition of “Fashion Police,” starring Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, will air at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 13 on E! to recap all of the fashion hits and misses at the 2014 Golden Globes.

5. Extraordinary Moments
Because booze is free flowing at the Golden Globes, extraordinary moments can and do happen. In 2011, Elizabeth Taylor forgot that she was supposed to announce the nominees before naming the winner. Dick Clark raced on stage and saved the day. In 1998, Christine Lahti almost lost out on her chance to win an award for “Chicago Hope.” After running up to the podium, she said breathlessly, “I was just flushing the toilet.” Journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press used to present the awards until 1958, when a bored Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage, whiskey glasses and cigarettes in hand, and played host for the rest of the show. The crowd loved it - and so did the HFPA, enough to invite them back the next year. The best acceptance speech goes to Hugh Laurie. When he won in 2006 for “House,” he joked that he wrote down 172 names to thank, but would only draw three names out of his pocket randomly to save on time. The three names turned out to be the script supervisor, the hairstylist and his agent. The audience loved Laurie’s originality. What will be the extraordinary moments at the 2014 Golden Globes? Tune in to find out.

The 2014 Golden Globes Awards airs live at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Jan. 12 on NBC.

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