Hollywood launches awards season amid storms

By Sandy Cohen, AP

LOS ANGELES–A blustery bad boy is set to crash Hollywood’s red carpets this awards season and he’s already taking the town by storm. Shows like the Golden Globes are putting proper protection in place, while celebs, of course, will be stressing about how they look.

They call this hombre El Nino — a rare wet-weather phenomenon up from southern climes — and he blew in amid a flood of publicity this past week, with no plans to leave before making a likely splash at the Oscars on Feb. 28.

If Los Angeles has a hard time with rain, Hollywood pageants have it even worse: The world’s most beautiful people in their fanciest designer attire do NOT want to get wet before their close-ups. Nor do the masses of media folks, with their expensive equipment, who beam these gilded images around the globe.

“It is a big deal,” veteran Golden Globes producer Barry Adelman said of rain on show day — a slight possibility for Sunday’s 73rd annual Globes, say forecasters.

Adelman recalled the 2010 Golden Globes, when a storm arrived sooner than expected and soaked the red carpet just as stars were arriving.

“It was not a happy time with everybody trudging around under umbrellas,” he said. “We don’t want that to ever happen again.”

This year, plastic tents already stand over the Globes’ arrival areas, and Adelman said they would stay up through Sunday. “We’re not taking the tent down yet,” he said.

Cheryl Cecchetto, who has produced the Academy Awards’ Governors Ball for more than two decades, said she puts her rain contingency plan in place if there’s even a drop of drizzle in the five-day forecast.