By Alesandra Dubin Posted January 9, 2009, 4:50 PM EST
LOS ANGELES Last year's Golden Globes press conference hardly packed the glamour—or the production opulence—of an awards ceremony in a typical year. But, after having dodged another strike threat, Sunday's show at the International Ballroom in the Beverly Hilton is expected to return in full force, and potentially exceed the glitz and spectacle of previous years.
For one thing, there's the slate of top-tier star nominees. But also the break itself might have done the program some good, Gil Cates, who has produced 14 Oscar telecasts, suggested to Variety: “The opportunity to leave what you're doing and watch it from a distance and then come back is helpful. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.”
Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Jorge Camara said that the show will stick to its traditional formula: a dinner-party with an open bar, rather than straightforward theater seating for guests, like the Oscars at the Kodak. “We really don't want to make anything different from what it is, which is celebrating, in a party atmosphere, the talent in motion pictures and television," Camara told Variety. “The Golden Globes is a party, whereas the Oscars are a celebration of excellence.”
Executive producer Barry Adelman told The Associated Press that the show's design will be more glamorous than ever, reminding “everyone in the room why they got into this business in the first place.”