THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS IS ON EVERYBODY'S GIFT LIST
Certainly the most popular people in town this time of year are the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who present The Golden Globes. A friend of ours lives in the same building as an HFPA member and he’s astonished at the number of gifts delivered to the foreign reporter. Gifts from studios, from talent agencies on behalf of actors, PR people etc. In October there were Halloween gifts – – baskets of wine, exotic coffees, pies, expensive chocolates etc. Big deliveries almost every day! Thanksgiving brought gourmet pumpkin pies, Sprinkles cupcakes (from Nicole Kidman – he sneaked a peek at the tag,) orchid plants galore, pistachio nuts, dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts, and floral arrangements. Our nosey neighbor also observed the delivery of a large $375 Jo Malone candle from England. We happen to LIKE the Foreign Press people and we’re more than a little envious, but now that the nominations have been announced, will the gifts INcrease or DEcrease? The bigger question is: will the writers strike scuttle the event altogether? We still think the Golden Globes is the most entertaining award show of all.