First-time attendees trekked down the Golden Globes red carpet taking in the glamorous gowns, screaming fans, camera flashes and long line of journalists.
“It feels like we’re going to somebody’s wedding or a prom,” said Denis Leary, nominated for best actor in a dramatic series for “Rescue Me.”
Another rookie was Thomas Haden Church, nominated in a supporting movie role for playing Paul Giamatti’s vain actor sidekick in “Sideways.”
“I’m just moving along in a herd of famous people. Whenever they go to water, I’ll go to water. When they go to feed, I’ll go to feed,” Church said.
Sharon Warren, who played the mother of a young Ray Charles in “Ray,” worked the carpet on her own. Without a publicist hovering nearby, Warren introduced herself to reporters with a firm handshake.
“I’m from Alabama,” she said. “The South is debutante balls, teas and luncheons. This is like debutante balls, teas and luncheons rolled into one with famous people.”
Shatner celebratesWilliam Shatner will forever be Captain Kirk to most, or a bombastic lounge singer to a musical cult following. But it’s Denny Crane that’s winning him some hardware.
Shatner picked up a Golden Globe for his performance as boastful lawyer Crane on “Boston Legal,” a few months after winning a guest actor Emmy for the same character in “The Practice” last year.
“I’m truly thrilled,” he said. “I really wanted to win.”
He wasn’t buying any backstage talk of a comeback. “I don’t feel I’ve ever left,” he said. “I’ve been gainfully employed all these years.”
It would be just like Crane to ask for a raise for his work.
“And so will William Shatner,” he said.
“Wouldn’t you like to know!” a saucy Anjelica Huston replied when asked backstage about what a woman over 40 knows that a woman under 40 doesn’t.
She turned serious, however, when she talked about Hollywood life for a maturing actress. She picked up her first Golden Globe award after eight nominations for HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels.”
“I spent a lot of my youth feeling insecure,” said Huston, 53. “I look back at those pictures and think, ‘What was wrong with you?”’
Huston had been considering wearing a daring white dress designed by Stella McCartney, but figured it was a magnet for red wine. So she wore a simple black Calvin Klein.
“Maybe that’s one of the things you learn after 40,” she said. “You don’t show too much skin.”
Small stormThe storms that battered Southern California cleared out several days ago, but there was a flood on the red carpet.
A barrel containing bottled water fell over with a thud while being wheeled toward the end of the carpet near the entrance to the Beverly Hilton. Water from melted ice gushed out, creating a flood that workers feverishly tried to blot with white towels.
“This is what counts as a disaster in Hollywood,” joked actor David Cross of Fox’s “Arrested Development.”
The Globes not only escaped the rain that has been the rule in Southern California lately, but with temperatures pushing toward 80, the day felt more like summer than midwinter.
Excited ‘Housewives’“Desperate Housewives” co-stars Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross shared a true Hollywood moment on the red carpet.
Passing each other in different directions, they exchanged air kisses and compliments on their dresses.
Enjoying her first major success on the ABC series, Longoria said she knows why the show has been a breakout hit.
“People were tired of reality TV and crime dramas,” she said. “It was something different and new and it was accurately what women go through today.”
A legend remembersRaquel Welch remembers when stars played it fast and loose with their outfits on the red carpet.
“In the ’60s, people were not so careful. There were a lot of different faux pas,” she said. “They dressed like they felt. They would do outrageous things. We never talked about the labels. It was considered gauche.”
Welch said Hollywood’s younger stars should take some fashion risks.
“I’m over-the-hill,” she said, “but I’d like to see people be a little less conservative and let it hang loose. We’re actors in Hollywood, not the first lady.”
Welch, 64, won a Globe in 1975 as lead actress in a musical or comedy for “The Three Musketeers.”
Griffin goes to farWhat was Kathy Griffin thinking?
The comedian, doing red-carpet reporting duty for E!, made repeated and apparently joking references to 10-year-old actress Dakota Fanning entering drug rehab. She even went so far as to ask Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat, teenage co-stars on Fox’s “Arrested Development,” if they had any words for Fanning as fellow young people.
Messages left for Fanning’s representatives were not immediately returned.
Griffin co-starred with Brooke Shields in the ’90s sitcom “Suddenly Susan. Her other credits include TV’s “Celebrity Mole: Hawaii” and the role of “armed female” in the 1999 movie “Muppets From Space.”