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Golden Globes offers glamour, a great party and, yes, some awards

January 8, 2018 GMT

How will Sunday night’s Golden Globes shape the awards-season race for the best films of 2017?

Will it be shaped by one of the films with the most nominations winning big, like the fishman-fantasy “The Shape of Water” or something more conventional like the vintage newspaper drama “The Post” from Steven Spielberg?

Or will it shape the awards race at all? The Globes are no predictors of Academy Award glory.

Consider the numbers: The Oscars are decided by 8,000 or so members; the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has 90 or so voting members deciding everything, for movie and TV categories.

NBC late-night host Seth Meyers will preside over this evening for the first time, and it will be interesting to see how he addresses the elephant in the room — the explosion of sexual harassment reporting in Hollywood.

It will be just as interesting to imagine how four-time host Ricky Gervais would have skewered a few Hollywood phonies on this subject.

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Oprah Winfrey has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, and you have to wonder if she will decide to go political in this highly charged year, especially in the wake of Meryl Streep’s powerful speech last year.

The list of award presenters includes Gal Gadot, Carol Burnett, Chris Hemsworth, Shirley MacLaine, J.K. Simmons, Emma Watson and Hugh Grant, among many others.

You can forget about Miss Golden Globe helping to hand out awards this year: It’s still a second-generation member of Hollywood royalty in the job, but the new title is Golden Globe Ambassador, and the first one is Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia.

If there’s one thing that the people behind the Golden Globes have proven over the years, it’s that while they may not always know much about movies, they sure know how to throw a party.

Bottom line: Just enjoy the party Sunday on NBC. Take the winners with a grain of salt and a swig of champagne.

See nominees in Tulsa

As usual, Tulsa moviegoers have not had a chance to see some of these movies that are the most acclaimed.

The good news is that “Molly’s Game” (Jessica Chastain runs a high-stakes poker game) opened this weekend. “The Post” and “I, Tonya” (Margot Robbie sizzles as skater Tonya Harding) open here Friday, Jan. 12. Gay coming-of-age story “Call Me By Your Name” and “Phantom Thread” (the final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis) arrive Jan. 19.