Stars streaming into the Golden Globes had to navigate an unlikely obstacle – part of the red carpet was drenched when a lighting rig set off a sprinkler a few hours before show time.
Crews at the Beverly Hilton used wet-dry vacuums to clean it up
Amy Adams arrived sporting a red dress with a plunging neckline reminiscent of her attire in the 1970s-set American Hustle.
“I was kind of influenced by my character,” she said.
For the second year in a row, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will lead the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual glitzy banquet, where stars gather for a boozy dress rehearsal to the Academy Awards.
Last year’s broadcast got a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million, with the hosts winning praise for their irreverent cracks that punctured Hollywood’s veneer.
The favourites this year are David O Russell’s con-artist caper American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s unflinching epic 12 Years A Slave.
The films and their much-nominated ensemble casts lead with seven nominations each, but they will be kept mostly separated by the Globes’ split between comedy-musical and drama categories.
Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey Gravity, a worldwide hit starring Sandra Bullock, is just as much a frontrunner, only with a more limited cast.
Support is also strong for the Coen brothers’ 1960s Greenwich Village folk tale Inside Llewyn Davis, Alexander Payne’s father-son road trip Nebraska, Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance Her and Paul Greengrass’ pirate thriller Captain Phillips.
Those films and others will bring a room full of famous faces to the Globes show, including nominees Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett and Bruce Dern.
But Woody Allen, the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, is not likely to be there. The director famously disdains award shows and his Annie Hall star Diane Keaton is expected to accept on his behalf.