Photo by Lisa Rose/JPI From left: Kim Cattrall, Ellen Degeneres and her mom, Betty, at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala at the Century Plaza Hotel.



    No question that the folks over at the Human Rights Campaign have a lot of heavy-hitting friends in very high places. It seemed like half of Washington and most of Sacramento turned out for the group’s annual gala at the Century Plaza Hotel. HRC is the world’s largest gay and lesbian action group, and mingling amid the sea of men in black were U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, U.S. representatives Maxine Waters, Howard Berman, Brad Sherman, Barbara Lee, Loretta Sanchez and Gov. Gray Davis.

    The governor vowed to respect the dignity of all Americans, HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch blasted the perpetrators of hate and intolerance, and Sen. Daschle gave the keynote address.

    But it wasn’t all politics as usual. Ellen Degeneres got the group to lighten up a little while Kim Cattrall was looking hotter than a house on fire. The “Sex and the City” siren graced the gathering along with her boss, Darren Star, who got the group’s Humanitarian Award.


    You almost need a road map to make out the maze of award ceremonies that are taking place in town. There’s the directors awards, the screen actors awards, the writers awards, the costume designers awards-heck, there’s even a Golden Trailer award for excellence in coming attractions.

    Last week the producers had their turn and Malibu’s Marcy Carsey didn’t go away empty-handed.

    Carsey received the prestigious David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producer’s Guild of America. Marcy has helped create some of America’s highest rated sitcoms, including “Roseanne,” “The Cosby Show” and “Third Rock from the Sun.”

    The star-studded presentation took place at the Century Plaza Hotel where Carsey joined friends and neighbors like Jeffrey Katzenberg, Robert Wise, Norman Lear and John Frankenheimer.


    While the entertainment industry is busy honoring its best, movie buffs are after the worst, hoping to see that no offensive film goes unpunished.

    Yup, roll out the red carpet and hold your nose because it’s time for the Golden Stinker Awards.

    The Bad Cinema Society is ready to name the year’s top turkeys and the competition is nastier than some of the nominees.

    Tom Green’s “Freddy Got Fingered” leads the pack with seven nominations, including Worst Film, Worst Actor, Worst Song, Worst On-Screen Couple, Most Intrusive Musical Score and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

    “3,000 Miles to Graceland” and “Jurassic Park III” also received multiple honors. Green is considered a shoo-in for worst actor. Mariah Carey is a favorite for worst actress. The winners will be announced March 22. Bombs away!