Winners report for award duty

Special to The Times

The stars are starting to align for the Golden Globes.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.

No official word on who will present which award. But according to Barry Adelman, executive producer of the Golden Globe Awards, it's customary for last year's winners to present in their category.

That could mean that DiCaprio, who won a best actor award in a movie -- drama for "The Aviator," will present in that category. It could also mean Foxx will present in his "Ray" 2004 winning category, best actor in a movie -- musical or comedy. And since Portman won best supporting actress for "Closer," well, you do the math.

Picking a presenter can be fun.

Edelman says Felicity Huffman jumped at the chance to get her "Desperate Housewives" co-stars to present the award in the best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV -- the category in which her husband William H. Macy ("The Wool Cap") was nominated in last year. She and the girls gathered onstage and read the winner's name. But Geoffrey Rush won for "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers."

Blood sucked right out of premiere

Every actress worth her box office salt has a super heroine alter-ego. Charlize Theron has her "Aeon Flux" assassin. Angelina Jolie does Lara Croft in the "Tomb Raider" series.

Now Kristanna Loken has Rayne.

Loken, last seen in the buff as T-X, who gave Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger a run in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," hit the red carpet Wednesday night at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, wearing a white chiffon gown for the premiere of "BloodRayne."

The fantasy film is based on a video game about the mixed blood daughter of the world's most powerful vampire, who seeks revenge on Dad for killing her human mommy. Rayne is also a vamp, but she only feeds on vampires.

Before the screening, director Uwe Boll ranted about all the "greedy thieves" in Hollywood, always a great way to endear yourself to the L.A. film industry. He dragged cast members including Loken, Michael Madsen and Billy Zane onstage but didn't let them talk because "I hate it when actors talk."

Then he made a fevered pitch for Romar Entertainment as the only truly independent film studio that makes and distributes films inexpensively.

Only a few plates of food were passed around at the after-party, held at the nearby Hollywood Roosevelt. So the black-clad, leather-loving crowd seemed thrilled when offered glass vials of watery red liquid.

Blood? "It's a kamikaze," explained the bartender.

Emotions truly worn on sleeves

At the end of "Brokeback Mountain," Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) goes to his closet and audiences see that he kept Jack Twist's (Jake Gyllenhaal) blood-stained shirt on a hanger, layered beneath one of his own shirts.

"That was the shirt Jack wore on their last day on the mountain," said "Brokeback" costume designer Marit Allen. It "symbolizes their entire relationship."

Throughout Ang Lee's love story, the characters' clothing telegraphs their emotions louder than any words.

Allen, who worked with Lee on two previous films, including his Civil War movie, "Ride With the Devil," said one invaluable tool for her in this one was Richard Avedon's "In the American West," much of it shot in the late 1970s.

But adhering to western wear traditions proved a challenge. "It would be very easy for an outsider unfamiliar with the code to make a mistake," said Allen. "For instance, cowboys wear Wrangler jeans (they're much tighter) and ranchers wear looser Levi's. Even the shape and heel height on a cowboy boot tells a tale ..."

A couple of items from Gyllenhaal's and Ledger's wardrobes (boots and belts) went missing when filming ended. "They wanted some things to remind them of the filmmaking experience," she said. "It's nice that they wanted souvenirs."


Snead writes "Styles & Scenes" as a blog for The Envelope (, a Times website devoted to Hollywood's awards season.

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