Red carpet watch
By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
Initial reports stated that a sewage pipe had burst near the Beverly Hilton, flooding the red carpet. But the actual problem was a sprinkler malfunction, depositing a much cleaner form of water under the feet of Hollywood's most hoity-toity. Still, in the ulta-controlled, ultra-pampered world of awards shows, even a minor malfunction such as this merited extensive discussion in the media. At least the weather remained pleasant. (Jason H. Neubert / Los Angeles Times /January 12, 2014)
The first major award show of the season takes place tonight at the 71st annual Golden Globes Awards, setting up plenty of interesting showdowns.
The category for best drama film, for example, pits a ship's captain, an enslaved musician, an Irish mother, a stranded astronaut and a Formula 1 racer against one another.
Best musical or comedy, meanwhile, is a throwdown between a a 1970s con artist, a man in love with his digital assistant, a hard-luck folk musician, a cantankerous old coot and a drug-addled corporate thief.
Golden Globes 2014: Play-at-home ballot
For those keeping score at home, you can mark and share your predictions and opinions via The Times' play-at-home ballot. All the categories are there, from director to score to foreign-language film. After making your selections, you can share your ballots via Facebook and Twitter with the click of a button.
Prognosticators who need to brush up on this year's nominees are encouraged to check out our full Golden Globes coverage.
Once the winners are announced, check back to see how your picks stacked up.
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