This past Sunday, January 17, 2010, the clouds looked ominous while the red carpet photographers had a slight smile on their faces since a little bit of sunlight was still shining through before the start of celebrity arrivals at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. However, less than 15 minutes into the arrivals, those smiles turned into dread as the slight drizzle turned into an outright down pour.
Photographers scrambled to find ways of keeping themselves dry along with protecting their camera equipment. This day, trash bags became a big commodity as photographers used it as raincoats and caps. Standing next to hotel rooms, various guests tried to help the photographers also by throwing down a few towels. To no avail, everyone was drench including cameras.
One could hear the grumble of photographers as they complained about the rain. Rumor had it that since the rain was supposedly going to start around 9pm, Dick Clark Productions decided not to tent the arrivals section.
Quite a few photogs, began having camera malfunctions by the last quarter of the arrivals. This reporter/photographer’s camera lens began to fog up and had missed some of the bigger celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock. Well,
Sandra was another story. She only posed for the first half of the line but didn’t stop at all after wrapping up her interview with Access Hollywood. Olivia Wilde was such a trooper as she posed without an umbrella. Forget about Sofia Vegara. A few photographers mentioned that she was the epitome of a celebrity that did not want to do her duty of working it on the red carpet. One photographer mentioned that she acted too much like a diva requesting that celebrity handler make sure the umbrella is right above her. Hmm, must be the expensive dress she may have borrowed and had to return.
Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson didn’t mind the rain either as she flowed her dress giving us great over the shoulder shots and full front dress shots. With her outfit, you can see how wet the carpet was as her dress soaked up water along with some water spots. No matter what, photographers gave her kudos bearing with the rain.
Speaking of gowns, i had the privilege of meeting one of the fashion designers and actually partying with him at the HBO party. Designer Oliver Tolentino, who had become one of most talked about upcoming designers at the recent Los Angeles Fashion week, had three dresses on the carpet worn by three lovely ladies made up of Janet Nepales from the Philippine Daily Inquirer wearing a lovely lavender dress with a nice sequined wrap around her shoulder, Margaret Gardiner former Miss Universe and MIss South Africa turned journalist wearing a black baby doll styled dress turned evening gown and Jannelle So of Los Angeles Channel 18’s “Kababayan LA” highlighted in a lovely form fitting red couture dress.
Zoe Saldana was my favorite as she wore a cute ruffled burgundy dress. She definitely worked it on the carpet while fighting the rain.
Maybe next year, Dick Clark Productions will decide to tent the arrivals section even if the weather officials say it will only be a 10% chance of rain.