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NBC NEWS -- Golden Globe veterans and first-timers flowed onto the red carpet Sunday night in Los Angeles, as the awards show prepared to get underway.
Kevin Spacey, who is nominated for best drama actor for "House of Cards," praised the new model of TV series being produced on non-traditional networks, such as Netflix, and said he expects to see more of the same. The entire second season of "Cards" comes to Netflix streaming on Feb. 14.
"12 Years a Slave" is tied with ABSCAM drama "American Hustle with seven nominations apiece. "12 Years" star Chiwetel Ejiofor is also attending his first Golden Globes. "I'm feeling really excited," he told NBC. "It's thrilling to be here."
Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" said her gown was by Oscar De La Renta and it was one of the first she tried on.
"I loved it," Dockery said. "I felt amazing wearing it." Dockery also noted that her day began at 9 a.m. with a manicure and moved on to hair and makeup. She also reminded "Downton" fans that her character, Lady Mary, will be experiencing some romance this season. "There'll be some suitors," she said."
"Gravity" star Sandra Bullock joked, "I'm playing a consumer of alcohol tonight." The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is known for its free-flowing alcohol and for not always marching to the beat of the more staid, Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But many of the Globe nominees will likely appear on the Academy's list as well.
Kerry Washington, star of "Scandal," confirmed to NBC that she's expecting a baby, and said her gown was designed to accomodate her baby bump. "I just feel very blessed," she told Tamron Hall. "Life is truly extraordinary right now."
Historical heartbreaker "12 Years a Slave" and ABSCAM drama "American Hustle" lead the movie nominees, with seven apiece. Sandra Bullock's space thriller "Gravity" and DiCaprio's rollicking Wall Street ride, "The Wolf of Wall Street," are among the other much-talked-about nominees.
On the television side, critically acclaimed drama "Breaking Bad" earned three nominations, but it was topped by "House of Cards" and the Liberace TVmovie, "Behind the Candelabra," which earned four apiece.
Legendary director Woody Allen is scheduled to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, given to a Hollywood figure who's "made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment." Allen famously avoids awards shows and Diane Keaton will reportedly accept on his behalf.
"I think it's wonderful," previous DeMille winner Michael Douglas said of Allen's win. "Well-deserved."
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts of the event. Fey joked that they'd be changing clothes 50 times during the show, and Poehler added, "We're changing in the middle of jokes."
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