On Sunday, January 13, the biggest stars of film and television will gather in Beverly Hills for the best celebration of the year. While similar ceremonies might get tedious year after year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's big bash is always a must watch event. Here are 10 reasons to tune in to the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
10. It's the Best Party in Town
Entertainment lovers always hear stars complain about how boring and stuffy events like the Oscars and Emmy Awards can be. But there's never any whining about the Golden Globes. That's because the HFPA knows how to throw a party. Thanks to the 700 magnums of 2004 Grand Vintage Moet et Chandon champagne that will be on hand, the nominees will get to have fun over dinner and will be more likely to deliver more effusive acceptances speeches, as well.
9. Will Jennifer Lawrence Still Think Acting Is 'Stupid'?
Jennifer Lawrence is a frontrunner to take home the Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for "Silver Linings Playbook." But earlier this month the 22-year-old actress made headlines when she told Vanity Fair magazine that acting is "stupid." If she does beat out competitors like Meryl Streep and Maggie Smith, it will be interesting to see if she changes her tune about her profession.
8. Francesca Eastwood Talking to an Empty Podium
Every year the HFPA picks the child of a big name star to serve as Mr. or Miss Golden Globe. This time around Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher's 19-year-old daughter Francesa was chosen for the honor. Fans of her reality show "Mrs. Eastwood and Co." will want to tune in to see if her boyfriend, photographer Tyler Shields, is up to any red carpet shenanigans. And politicos will be curious to see if she'll get a chance to give a nod to her famous father's Republican National Convention stunt and talk to an empty podium.
7. The blend of TV and film
For decades there was a certain snobbery in Hollywood that separated the film stars from those on TV - everywhere except at the Golden Globe awards, that is. For the longest time it was one of the only big events where both groups intermingled. So fans of movies, television or both were satisfied. This year the lines are even further blurred by the ever increasing number of big screen actors who have made the leap to the boob tube. Celebs like Nicole Kidman will mingle with colleagues on both sides of the crumbling fence. She scored nominations for both film ("Paperboy") and TV ("Hemingway and Gellhorn") roles.
6. Best Drama Is a Battle of Historic Proportions
This year the five films that are vying for the Best Motion Picture - Drama award span the centuries and the globe. And they all tell tales of some historical significance, while embracing the concept of dramatic license, of course. But along the way they represent everything from "Lincoln's" crusade for emancipation in 1860's Washington, D.C. to "Argo's" Iran hostage rescue in 1979 to "Zero Dark Thirty's" hunt for Osama Bin-Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
5. George Clooney Presenting
Not only do nominees flock to the Golden Globes, the show always packs a punch with its presenters, too. This year's list of celebs who'll be dolling out statues includes Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Amanda Seyfried, Jeremy Renner, Kristen Wiig and Kerry Washington. And if that wasn't enough, George Clooney will grace the stage, too. And everybody loves Clooney, right?
4. The Always Entertaining Red Carpet
No self-respecting pop culture fan ever gets tired of a good red carpet and nothing tops the Golden Globes. Who will glamorous movie star Anne Hathaway be wearing? Could Sofia Vergara have another wardrobe malfunction? What stylish but respectable gown will Helen Mirren don? Whether watching Ryan Seacrest on E! or the "Today" show gang on NBC , the precursor to the main event is sure to please.
3. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as Hosts
For three controversy-filled years Ricky Gervais hosted the big event this year and the megastars cowered in fear. Now the much more gentle but equally hilarious comedy duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will act as emcees. The golden girls should put Hollywood heavyweights at ease as they're far less likely to make jokes about their box office flops or their tabloid run-ins.
2. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as Nominees
Poehler and Fey have been close friends since their early improv days at Second City in Chicago. Then they were the first female team to co-anchor "Saturday Night Lives" Weekend Update fake news desk. And now they're helming the Golden Globes. But the BFFs will also be facing off in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy Or Musical category on Sunday. Fey's already a two-time winner for portraying Liz Lemmon on "30 Rock" but this could be Poehler's year to take the statuette for playing the eternally optimistic Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."
1. Kicking off Awards Season
The best part of the Golden Globes is it's only the beginning. Once that night hits, the awards season is officially in full swing. The grand ceremonies that will follow include the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, the Independent Spirit Awards on February 23 and the big show, the Academy Awards, on February 24.
Tune in to the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs on Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. Central on NBC.
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