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January 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Golden Globes red carpet: Live blog

Never mind that it snowed in Seattle today; here I am, in my best Golden Globes jeans and woolly scarf, to watch TV at work on a Sunday. And how’s your day going? Reflections on the Globes red carpet (currently on NBC) coming up, between 4 and 5 (when the ceremony starts); should you, like me, enjoy amateur fashion critique, refresh this page often . . .
4 p.m. The sound is screwed up and it’s impossible to hear Ryan Seacrest, which would indicate that yes, there is a God. Ricky Gervais is being interviewed on the red carpet, and he’s wearing a wine-colored hipster suit that . . . well, he’s trying, but I think only George Clooney could make it work. And he wouldn’t. Oh, darn, sound’s back. If anyone’s offended tonight, says Ricky, “I don’t care.”
4:10 Burgundy is looking much better on Viola Davis, who’s quite smashing in a one-shoulder flowing gown. Angelina Jolie is exqusite, as always, despite a strange red sash at the top of her dress, like an AIDS ribbon (remember when everyone wore those to awards shows?) gone wrong. And what on earth does Charlize Theron have dangling off her hip? Is it a first draft of her dress? And . . . @#$&*()%&*() sorry, I just saw Zooey Deschanel’s hair. Please tell me it’s a wig .
4:20 Michelle Williams looks like she’s trying hard not to look like Marilyn Monroe tonight, which is to say that her dress is a little frumpy. (By the way, I stand corrected; that was not Ryan Seacrest, but someone interchangeable.) Elton John is wearing a lapel pin that looks like a panther; not sure why. Elton, for the record, just got bleeped.
4:30 Octavia Spencer looks elegant in pale lavender; Salma Hayek is very va-va-voom in a dress that looks sort of like a black-and-gold version of the Chrysler Building. Madonna, nominated in the best song category, is looking curiously youthful in a metallic silver dress and enormous cross necklace that looks ready to dive into her cleavage. And I’m noticing that the NBC peacock logo in the corner of the screen is making all the actresses in sleeveless gowns look like they have an odd tattoo. (“Why does Claire Danes have a peacock tattoo?” I asked myself. And myself answered.)
4:40. I stand corrected again. Salma Hayek’s dress looks more like the interior of Radio City Music Hall. She looks nonetheless lovely. Leonardo DiCaprio looks handsome if perhaps excessively pomaded. Tina Fey is in purple strapless, sort of feathery at the bottom, very cute and very not Liz Lemon.
4:45 Rumor has reached my ears that Uggie the dog (from “The Artist”) is doing tricks somewhere on the red carpet, but NBC is not showing it, presumably because he’s not wearing a designer gown. This is a crushing blow. Meanwhile, George Clooney looks flawless, because he’s George Clooney.
4:50 Here’s Emma Stone in purple Lanvin, with a belt that looks like it belongs on Salma Hayek’s dress. Very pretty. (Me to self: “Why does Emma Stone have a peacock tattoo on her arm? Oh, right.”)
4:55 Reese Witherspoon is in strapless purplely/maroon/red, and looking quite happy about it. Very snappy. Ah, Helen Mirren, in a V-necked navy gown, showing the youngsters how it’s done. Why is nobody paying attention to her? And things are about to shift to the auditorium, so I’m going to start a new entry. Join me there!
Photo credits: Ricky Gervais by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Zooey Deschanel by Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Salma Hayek by Matt Sayles/AP)



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