x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Allen may grace Globes

The stars and surprises at tomorrow's Golden Globes.

The filmmaker Woody Allen may appear at the Golden Globes to accept an award. Matt Sayles / AP
The filmmaker Woody Allen may appear at the Golden Globes to accept an award. Matt Sayles / AP

If Woody Allen attends the Golden Globe Awards, he’d rival Bill Clinton as its biggest surprise guest.

Allen will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award at the ceremony, held in Los Angeles tomorrow night (4am on Monday in the UAE). The writer-director famously avoids awards shows, however, including those for his previous 12 Golden Globe nominations.

“We’ve heard rumours there may be some surprises,” says the executive producer Barry Adelman, who kept Clinton’s appearance under wraps until airtime last year.

Some stars are confirmed: Emma Stone, the lead of Allen’s latest film, will present his DeMille award. Chris Hemsworth and the Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda will introduce the Best Picture nominee Rush. Laura Dern will present another Best Picture nominee, Nebraska, which stars her father, the Best Actor candidate Bruce Dern.

Other presenters include Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts for a second time after winning raves and ratings last year. They work without restriction with their own writing teams and will also improvise throughout the show.

Leading the nominees this year are American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave. Each has seven ­nominations.

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