Any organization that once honored Pia Zadora as new star of the year, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did in 1982, has a lot to live up to in terms of peculiarity. The association, dispensers of the Golden Globes, didn’t quite match that level with the latest awards ceremony, but it made a valiant try. It was a night, after all, in which Moonlighting co-winners Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd publicly proclaimed their love for each other, yet pointedly sat at opposite ends of the Beverly Hilton ballroom. Accepting his award, Willis thanked “my gorgeous, lovely and funny co-star,” but never looked in Shepherd’s direction while he was saying the words. On the other end of the happy-together spectrum, three of the Golden Girls visited the powder room en toute.
Aside from the large number of seasoned troupers who won (Olivia de Havilland, Loretta Young, Angela Lansbury, Edward Woodward, Maggie Smith), the awards didn’t hold many surprises. Instead much of the attention was trained on odd couples in the audience. Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber actually showed up, thus ending their reputation as the town’s long-running but seldom-seen engaged couple. Bruce Boxleitner, recently separated from his wife, showed up with Mary Hart; a presenter, Boxleitner sat at his table practicing the name of one of the nominees, The Color of Money’s Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. But the biggest trend spotted at the event was the Family Night theme. Evidently playing it safe, many celebs decided to come with parents and children (see following page).
All told, it was a night unlike any other in Hollywood. Once again the Golden Globes distinguished itself by being one of the few awards ceremonies that honors both TV and film, that serves dinner before the show, and that—making us all feel at home—allows its high-salaried, high-profile guests to leave with the centerpieces.