It's that time of year again. The only time the glitterati of the acting elite crawl out from behind their rocks (or extravagant mansion homes), and welcome the flashes of the thousand or so paparazzo clamoring to get the best shot.
Some stars indulge in Botox 'preparation' days before the event. Others confer with their stylists over designer gowns and statement accessories. While others still dread the day everything from their hairstyle, to their latest lover or nominated performance is scrutinized by the experts and the masses alike.
From cat fights to controversy, there are a few stars this year who are sure to make headlines.
With Angelina Jolie nominated for Best Actress in a Musical of Comedy for 'The Tourist', it is expected that our favourite love-to-hate couple, Brangelina, will be back in full force. The pair were absent at the Golden Globes last year, as Brad Pitt was not nominated individually for an award. A source told E! last year: "They're not going because he’s not nominated individually...Inglourious Basterds is, but not him."
While it is not yet confirmed whether Pitt's former flame and jilted lover Jennifer Aniston will be in attendance at the Awards this year, entertainment critics predict her absence so as to avoid confrontation with Brangelina. It is also unconfirmed as to whether Aniston's new BFF Chelsea Handler will be present, but after her pot-shot at Jolie last year, we won't be surprised if daggers fly.
Another red carpet confrontation that would be worth pulling up a seat and a bucket of popcorn for would be the Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Versus Anne Hathaway face-off. A former friend of Holmes, Hathaway is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for 'Love and Other Drugs,' but has not been in her friend's good books since November last year. The star is reported to have deeply upset Holmes after mocking her on Saturday Night Live last year.
A source told the Daily Mail: "Tom and Katie don't want to have to cross paths with Anne.
"Katie feels they were really supportive at a difficult time, so she feels let down that Anne took to national TV to make fun of her. Anne didn't even warn her it was going to be on TV."
It appears the tongue-in-cheek-act may have burned more bridges than was intended, with Holmes and Cruise rumoured to be boycotting the Globes in protest of Hathaway's skit. A spokesperson from Tom's camp has said: "It's too early to confirm [the couple's attendance] – it depends on shoot schedules."
If such 'convenient' shoot schedules are anything to go by, TomKat's absence at this year's Golden Globes might say a thing or two about Holmes' feelings towards Hathaway (and her sense of humour).
Who else should we keep an eye on at the big event? Two words; Ricky.Gervais.
The English comedian best known for his roles on television show 'The Ricky Gervais Show,' and 'The Office' received mixed reviews for his Golden Globes debut last year, but will be hosting it again this year. Gervais is gearing up for the big night saying: "I can't believe they invited me back after awful things I said. Let's see how far I can go this time." That said, thing are bound to get ugly. (But we can't wait.)
Gervais found enough time in his four hour stint to offend:
1. Mel Gibson: "I like to drink just as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson!"
2. Angelina Jolie: "Actors aren't just loved here in Hollywood, they're loved the world over, because they're recognizable, you can be in the Third World, and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star, and it makes you feel better. You can be a little child, a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money - but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you think, 'Mummy!'"
3. The NBC: "I will be making the most of this," he said of his hosting gig. "I'm not used to these viewing figures - let's face it, nor is NBC."
4. Even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA): "One thing that can't be bought is a Golden Globe, I'm not going to do this again, anyway." He then went on to proclaim: "If you want to buy one the man to see would be Philip Berk," he said, referring to the president of the HFPA.
To name a few.
While the words of Gervais may not be lovingly intended, you have to admit, they make for a good watch.
So get ready for the day where the drama queens and kings of the world assemble in one venue for four hours. Tears will fall, Champagne will flow and headlines are sure to follow.
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