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Family is favorite accessory on red carpet

This year's Golden Globes a family affair
/ Source: The Associated Press

Family in all its various combinations was the favorite accessory on the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.

Troy Garity escorted his mother, Jane Fonda; Jamie Lee Curtis of “Freaky Friday” brought 17-year-old daughter Annie; Tom Cruise brought his mother; and Cruise’s ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, had her parents in tow — “How pathetic!” she laughed.

Nominee Patricia Clarkson of “Pieces of April” came with her father; Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas had their brood; and Kevin Costner escorted fiancee Christine Baumgartner and Lily, his 17-year-old daughter who served as Miss Golden Globe.

That honor annually goes to a second-generation performer who helps hand out the statuettes.

“She’s not just looking beautiful on my arm. She’s got a little job to do, so we’re kind of pleased for her,” Costner said.

His advice to his daughter: “Watch your footing.”

Family is more important in Hollywood than most people think, Costner said.

“Our business, we’re up and down like anybody, but when we’re celebrating, sometimes it’s time to bring your kids along,” he said.

The actor’s 16-year-old son, Joe, hung back from the media mob. “He’s my date,” Lily said.Garity, whose father is politician Tom Hayden, was nominated for the television movie “Soldier’s Girl.” At first, he wasn’t sure he should bring Fonda, who is relaunching her movie career.

“I was a little nervous that bringing my mother would create an uneven media frenzy, but at the end of the day, there’s nobody I’d want here more than my mother,” he said. “It’s like payback because she used to drag me down the carpet and now I get to drag her. She has enough experience to keep me calm.”

And did Fonda need much persuasion to accompany her son?

“No, it took me about two seconds,” she said.

Other duos were CBS President Les Moonves and Julie Chen of the CBS “Early Show” strolling the carpet hand-in-hand; Barbra Streisand and husband, James Brolin; and Elton John and his companion, David Furnish.

“We’re family. We’ve been together over 10 years,” John said. “It’s just nice to come with someone you know.”

J. Lo goes soloJennifer Lopez walked the red carpet alone Sunday, days after official word that she had ended her engagement to Ben Affleck.

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Dressed in orange, Lopez strode quickly past throngs of media shouting her name. She smiled and waved, but said nothing.

Lopez and Affleck will be together again, however. Their movie “Jersey Girl” opens March 19. Lopez, who plays Affleck’s wife, dies 12 minutes into the movie.

Diane Lane of “Under the Tuscan Sun” also came to the Globes alone. Fiance Josh Brolin was in the Bahamas filming, but she sent him a message via her strapless chiffon dress.

“The floral and coral — my homage to my sweetie,” she said. “The film I’m here for is a lighter, happier film and I think that tends to have a little rub-off effect on me in terms of feeling lighter and happier.”Nicole Kidman doesn’t play around when it comes to picking her well-regarded awards show attire.

“It’s always the way. I pick one dress and that’s it,” she said.

Her 1920s-inspired spangly dress was designed by Tom Ford in his last collection for Yves Saint Laurent. She complemented it by wearing her red hair in curls.

“I hold him in very high regard and I wanted to wear this for him to pay my respects to him,” she said. “He’s been very good to me.”