Golden Globes Preview: Kings Vs. Geeks, Charlie Sheen And Sea Bass

15 Jan

Get the inside scoop on the Best Picture horse race, host Ricky Gervais and more before Sunday’s show, which airs live at 8 p.m. ET.
By Eric Ditzian

Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Photo: Sony Pictures

On Sunday evening, Hollywood will gather for the 68th Golden Globe Awards, an annual shindig at which celebs in attendance are at least as interested in re-filling their wine glasses as they are in watching to see who wins.

Browse through photos of the Golden Globe nominees.

Emceeing the shenanigans once again will be Ricky Gervais, who last year guzzled beer onstage, hilariously eviscerated Mel Gibson and generally won rave reviews for his keep-the-show-rolling comedic talents. Gervais will have a new crop of Hollywood royalty to dis this year. Thus far, the 2011 awards season has been shaping up to be a two-horse race between “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” for top prize. But it’s anybody’s guess which film will triumph at night’s end in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category; even ear-to-the-ground prognosticators are split on the outcome.

Other categories are more clear-cut. You can take it to the bank now: David Fincher will nab Best Director for “Social Network,” “The Kids Are All Right” will take home Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Colin Firth will triumph as best dramatic actor for “King’s Speech.” Oh, and if Natalie Portman doesn’t win best dramatic actress for “Black Swan,” it’s a sure sign of the apocalypse.

The Globes air live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, and as always, MTV News will be reporting from the red carpet and post-Globe parties, so be sure to check out for all of the latest awards-show developments. Also keep an eye out for our interviews with the night’s winners and losers.

For added enjoyment, play a game of “Spot the Drunken Celeb.” The 1,300 guests will be sitting around tables, knocking back the booze and, if they’re smart, filling their bellies with food too. On this year’s menu is an appetizer of grilled eggplant and marinated artichoke, topped with a blend of edamame and red pepper hummus. The entrée is a trio of beef tenderloin, sea bass and black risotto, accompanied by baby carrots and baby Bok Choy.

“We tend to keep things simple,” executive chef Suki Sugiura told the Los Angeles Times. “Mostly we’re concerned about the true nature of the flavors we use.”

What comedic flavors will Gervais be sampling when the show goes live? The comedian hinted to Ellen DeGeneres recently that he’ll once again be skewering celebs who behave badly. “Charlie Sheen has obviously put his head above the power pit,” he said on Ellen’s show. “Like last year, Mel Gibson was a gift from the comedy god. So yeah, that’d be two good people out of the audience. Mel Gibson. Charlie Sheen. O.J. Simpson.”

Stick with MTV News for our Golden Globe Awards red-carpet coverage, interviews with the show’s winners and losers and inside scoop on the hottest afterparties.

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