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7 Fun Facts About The Golden Globes

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Looking forward to this year’s Golden Globes?

Before you watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-host the popular awards show for the third time on Sunday, get the lowdown about some surprising facts about the star-studded event, including why it has earned its reputation as the most fun and free-spirited trophy-fest of all.

1. The stars can eat – if they arrive on time

Even though the Globes serve a three-course meal catered by the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s chefs, dinner is served to nominees and guests closer to lunch time around 3:30 p.m. Why so early? Producers don’t want dining noises, such as the clinking of silverware, to be heard during the telecast. So by the time the show begins at 5 p.m. PST, dinner has already been served. The good news: The attendees are still served alcohol, which is why guests often seem tipsy (and get tipsier) throughout the three-hour show.

2. Drinking with the stars

The champagne will definitely be flowing during the glitzy event, with 400 magnums of Moet & Chandon made available for guests, one bottle per table. The celebs can get even get the party started early, since 1,500 bottles of Moet minis will be given out on the red carpet.

3. Mixing and mingling

During commercial breaks, the stars love to get up and mingle with each other, exchanging pleasantries, air kisses and posing for selfies. The banquet-style seating encourages these kinds of casual interactions, but since it’s a live broadcast, those freewheeling conversations sometimes mean it’s a scramble to get attendees back into their seats on time. In order to get the A-listers seated before the show comes back on air, announcements are made at mid-commercial break and at the one-minute mark so stars can make their way back to their seats.

4. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey belong to a very exclusive club

In the history of the 72-year-old awards show, just six celebrities have hosted the Golden Globes. Besides this year’s returning hosts Fey and Poehler, the show has only been emceed by four other people: Andy Williams (mid-1960s), John Larroquette and Janine Turner (1995) and Ricky Gervais (2011-2013).

Poehler is also the only host to win a Golden Globe while hosting the show, winning for her lead role on “Parks and Recreation” in 2014.

5. Frank Sinatra unwittingly started an A-list tradition

The Golden Globes are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose members are comprised of 100 international journalists.HFPA members were tasked with handing out the awards until the Globes were hijacked by the Rat Pack in 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. “stormed the stage with whiskey and cigarettes in tow” to hand out the trophies. The HFPA asked the trio to repeat their performance the following year, and celebs have been tasked with giving out awards on stage ever since.

6. Celebs skipped the 2008 Golden Globes

Out of solidarity with the Writers Guild of America writers strike, no actors attended the awards show that year. Instead, the winners were announced via a live news conference hosted by entertainment news personalities. So how did the winners finally receive their awards? According to TV Guide’s oral history about the 2008 Globes, “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven was given his statuette in his driveway.

8. The Globes is also the rare awards show with empty seats

Unlike other awards shows, the Golden Globes use no seat fillers. So when Clooney goes up to collect his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, no seat filler will take his place.-NY Daily News

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