It’s nice to see Hollywood return to business as usual. After a somber fourth quarter filled with subdued, understated, basic black business attire, industry A-listers got back to doing what they do best: getting attention.
At long last, the Golden Globes gave us something to talk about. The red carpet had a good mix of glamour, solid style and fashion faux pas.
As for the honors, a lot of locals had something to cheer about. Jeffrey Katzenberg crowed over the success of “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four globes including Best Motion Picture, drama, and Best Screenplay. Russell Crowe got Best Actor for his portrayal of tormented Nobel Prize winner John Nash. Crowe’s co-star Jennifer Connelly trotted away with the globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Music man Sting picked up Best Song for “Until…” from “Kate & Leopold.” Tom Hanks’ “Band of Brothers” snagged Best TV Movie and Charlie Sheen edged out Kelsey Grammer for Best Actor in a comedy.
Charlie’s dad, “West Wing” Prez Martin Sheen, got shut out once again, but said he was happier about Charlie’s win than he would have been over his own. Winner Robert Altman walked away as Best Director for “Gosford Park.”
Every year, the globes are watched with an eagle eye as an indication of what might take place on Oscar night. The race is said to be wide open, but for now, “A Beautiful Mind” is sitting pretty.
Speaking of Oscars, Whoopi Goldberg will host the Super Bowl of the movie biz, the Academy Awards. Whoopi returns for the fourth time to oversee the event, which will take place at Oscar’s new home at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Goldberg couldn’t be happier about the hosting gig, noting that this year’s ceremony has added relevance. “It says that as filmmakers, actors and technicians worldwide, we will continue to do what we do best and celebrate it.” The 74th Annual Academy Awards takes place on March 24. The nominees will be announced in two weeks.
And speaking of stars, rocket man-turned-space tourist Dennis Tito hosted a heavenly fundraiser bash of his own. Tito opened the doors of his posh hillside home to celebrate Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Locals like Ginny Mancini shelled out five grand to feast on a dinner of pumpkin ravioli and rack of lamb, followed by the works of Foulds, Schubert and Schumann. Not bad for a nice bite and a little night music. The evening helped raise half a million bucks for the orchestra.