1. Dinner is served
Even though it’s more of a late lunch, nominees can eat their three-course meal, prepared by the Beverly Hills Hotel’s chefs, at around 3:30pm. Why so early? So the loud clinking of china and glass isn’t heard once the show begins.
2. Let the champagne flow
400 magnums of Moet and Chandon will be served for guests, making it a merry party indeed. And the stars need not wait until the main event, seeing as 1,500 bottles of Moet minis will be dished out on the red carpet too, making the all-important glamorous entry all the more challenging.
3. The VIP Club
Only six celebrities have ever hosted the Golden Globes, making Amy Poehler and Tina Fey a part of a very exclusive club. The other hosts include Andy Williams (mid-1960s), John Larroquette and Janine Turner (1995) and Ricky Gervais (2011-2013).
4. Frank Sinatra started something
Long before the Golden Globes were handed out by celebrities, it was members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who were tasked with the job. That is, until it was hijacked by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr in 1958 who “stormed the stage with whiskey and cigarettes in tow” to dish out the trophies. The tradition caught on, and has been done by stars ever since.
5. The great 2008 boycott
Not a single actor attended the Globes in 2008, in a defiant act of solidarity with the Writers Guild of America writers strike. Rumour has it Entourage star Jeremy Piven was handed his statuette in his driveway that year.
6. Heavy Globes
We’ve heard it many times before: “this thing weights a tonne!”. But it’s true – each trophy weighs around 5.5 pounds (that’s around 2.5 kilos). Go figure.