The 2011 Golden Globes will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday. The 68th annual award show will celebrate the best in movies and television from the previous year. Hollywood stars will gather again in Beverly Hills for the presentation. The Golden Globes will be broadcast live to audiences all over the world.
Here are some fascinating facts about the 2011 Golden Globes.
* The first Golden Globes ceremony in 1944 awarded scrolls instead of statues to winners.
* The 2011 Golden Globes will be broadcast in 160 countries.
* This year, “The King’s Speech” is the most nominated film with seven nominations, and “Glee” is the most nominated television program with five nominations.
* 1955 was the first time the Golden Globes began awarding television programs in addition to films.
* A three-way tie occurred in 1989 in the category for best actress. The three nominees were Jodie Foster, Shirley MacLaine and Sigourney Weaver.
* Hollywood stars will walk on 27,000 square feet of red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the 2011 award ceremony.
* More than 300 people will sit in metal bleachers outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a chance to see the stars.
* The 2011 Golden Globes will have 1,300 guests seated at 110 tables inside the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
* The staff has prepared 1,000 filet mignon dishes for the main course at the Golden Globes. The dessert will consist of an almond cake, berry tart, chocolate and cream. This year, the portions will be smaller.
* Moet & Chandon will provide all the champagne for the event.
* Guests at the 2011 award ceremony will receive gift bags with an estimated value of $550. Women will receive products from L’Oreal, Godiva, Ralph Lauren and InStyle. Men will receive products from L’Oreal, Schick, Ralph Lauren and Classic Hollywood.
* The 2011 set will be new. The stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel will be decorated with 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The crystals weigh 3,000 pounds and arrived from Austria.
* The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has 84 active members who voted for the 2011 Golden Globes nominations.
* This is the first year the Golden Globes have been sued three days before the ceremony. Michael Russel, a former publicist, sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Jan. 13. He is accusing them of “payola schemes” and unethical behavior. The HFPA has denied the allegations.