Golden Globes: Live from the red carpet
Avoiding the soggy press on the red carpet (and who could blame them?): Robert Downey Jr. ("Sherlock Holmes"), Morgan Freeman ("Invictus"), Mo’Nique ("Precious"), Tom Hanks, Heidi Klum, Julia Roberts ("Duplicity"), Tobey Maguire ("Brothers"), Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth ("A Single Man").
On-and-off couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long may not have figured out their position on lasting love, but they certainly know how to be intimate. When Barrymore approached print reporters on the red carpet, she stopped dead in her tracks and panicked. "I've got gum!" The actor immediately turned up his palm, and she spit it into his hand.
Paul McCartney, nominated for best original song, "I Want To Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine," arrives to chanting from the bleachers: "We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah."
George Clooney of "Up in the Air," wearing "a tux I think is by my friend Giorgio Armani": "It's nice to see all my friends; it's fun to see them get soaked. I enjoy watching journalists with trash bags on their heads. That's fun."
Gabourey Sidibe of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" on possibly meeting Justin Timberlake: "Seriously, he better have security -- I will fan out on him."
The Edge, left, of U2 on his nomination with Bono for best original song, "Winter," in Jim Sheridan's "Brothers": "It's always nice to be acknowledged in a medium other than you own.
Jane Lynch of "Glee: "I'm feeling really lucky tonight... it's fantastic!"
Marc Webb, director of "(500) Days of Summer" on what he'll do if he wins: "I'm gonna do the dance from '(500) Days of Summer' with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the entire ballroom's gonna have to clear the way."
Maggie Gyllenhaal, left, of "Crazy Heart": "I decided to come tonight because I'm gonna say a little something about Haiti... Also I wanna support Jeff [Bridges]. I really hope he wins. I love our little movie."
Glenn Close of "Damages": "Feeling good! Its a great party, I'm in a wonderful dress...I love my husband who is here with me. It's gonna be a good time."
Lea Michele of "Glee": "I'm happy to represent a young girl who is 15 and normal."
Cory Monteith, right, of "Glee," wearing Hugo Boss: "If I saw George Clooney, I'd probably be like, 'What's up? I love your work.' No big deal. Do you think his bodyguards will attack me?"
--Amy Kaufman, Denise Martin and Matt Donnelly
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Top photo: The rainy scene on the red carpet, with Kate Hudson ("Nine") at right. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Photo: George Clooney by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Photo: Edge of U2 by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Photo: Maggie Gyllenhaal by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Photo: Cory Monteith by Chris Pizzello / AP