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article imageGolden Globes: Prepping for the show, the host speaks

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 14, 2012 in Entertainment
As we get ready for Sunday's telecast of the 69th Annual Golden Globes, here are some appetizers to chew on. For example, guests will have a chance to eat gold dust and flakes.
- Much has been made of host Ricky Gervais and his habit of nastiness toward celebrities. With that, NBC producers and Dick Clark Productions are insisting on a seven second delay. This way they can weed out items they deem may insult some of the guests. It will be interesting to see if this actually happens and what the outcry will be for those cut items.
- But, in truth, when he spoke before the press this week, he seemed a bit tamer than usual. "I won’t do real personal tragedy, he said, during the press conference. He continued, after a question about his targets. "Who am I targeting? Targets isn’t a word I would use - subjects. I’m going to do a monologue about what happened during the year, and then introduce six or seven people as I did last year. I’ve got nothing against any of those people in the room. I’ve worked with many of them. I like many of them. I admire them. They’re just gags. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America. I’m a comedian."
- For several years, the show had no host. As for the delay, if it really is going to be used. "The delay lets Dick Clark, the award show’s legendary 83-year-old producer, cut comments about celebs in attendance that are deemed too close-to-the-bone to broadcast," says the Daily Mail. Even if they end up saying no to using it, will that be true?
- Meanwhile, this is also a dinner and a show. But, in reality, the dinner is served before the start of the show and while we see many nibbling on food, the main dining is done. But, the drinks flow throughout.
- At the Beverly Hilton, where the awards take place, there will be 1,300 guests who will eat dinner before the telecast. That includes the ballroom and viewing parties.
- 550 Moët & Chandon vintage 2002 Champagne magnums will be poured into glasses and consumed during the dinner. And, 1,000 Moët Imperial mini-bottles will be passed out.
- In the main ballroom, there will be 120 round tables. On hand will be 50 chefs, 50 bartenders, 250 servers and 110 kitchen and prep staff.
- On the tables, 10,000 pieces of Royal Doulton silverware, place settings and glasses will be placed.
- For dessert, stars can expect a chocolate almond crunch terrine with acacia honey, caramel and fresh berries, laced with edible gold flakes. Plus, a globe rolled in gold dust, also edible.
- As the stars arrive, 20,000 individual drinks will be poured on 30,000 square foot red carpet.
- Then there is the statuette. It weighs 5.5 pounds and was remodeled with a new mold.
One last item may come in handy, too. Each guest will receive four brands of pain relievers, to help with those pending hangovers.
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