One look at Heather Locklear provided proof that the sparkle has returned to Hollywood's red carpet.
Locklear paraded into the Beverly Hilton Hotel for Sunday's Golden Globes in a turquoise-and-diamond minidress with an equally glittery attached necklace. Her strapless shoes were adorned with turquoise stones.
"I feel like you can be a little looser at the Globes," she said. "That's why I'm loose in my short dress."
In November, Emmy Award attendees were asked to wear dressy business attire instead of black tie and glitzy gowns as a show of respect for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The voltage was turned up at the Globes, this year's first major awards show.
Among the awards show staples making a comeback was the bleacher section, filled with screaming fans begging for autographs and urging stars to look their way for photos.
Denzel Washington's wife, Pauletta, wore a black strapless leather gown; Jennifer Garner of "Alias" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus risked blending into the carpet with their red dresses; and Jennifer Aniston of "Friends" accessorized with husband Brad Pitt.
Kevin Spacey accented his black suit and blue tie with a picture stuck in his jacket of Ted Demme, the 38-year-old director who collapsed and died while playing basketball at a charity game last Sunday in Santa Monica.
***Tom Cruise's ex, Nicole Kidman, walked the red carpet without a date, but there was no shortage of glamorous couplings.
Billy Bob Thornton clung tightly to his wife, Angelina Jolie, who flew in Sunday morning from Montreal where she's filming a movie.
"I'm never nervous about awards. I'm nervous about this sort of thing," Thornton said, nodding toward the gauntlet of reporters and photographers.
Jolie was conservatively dressed in a black satin strapless gown, matching wrap and jumbo pearl choker.
"I'm just happy we're together," she said. "We're in our own little bubble."
Also making the scene: Charlie Sheen and fiancee Denise Richards; Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith; and Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes.
"It's a fun party," said Denzel Washington, holding hands with his wife.
***The kids were doing all right at the Golden Globes.
After presenter Martin Sheen acknowledged a number of second-generation stars at the ceremony, two of them went on to win awards: Sheen's son Charlie for "Spin City" and Kiefer Sutherland, son of Donald Sutherland, for "24."
Charlie Sheen played the part of dutiful son, thanking "my mom and dad for everything. For years of everything."
Sheen won for best actor in a musical or comedy television series. Sutherland won for best actor in a television drama.
***Helping pass out statuettes was Miss Golden Globe Haley Giraldo, no stranger to the backstage area of big events.
The 16-year-old daughter of singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo grew up in the music business. In 1999, she formed her own band called GLO, which toured with her parents during the summer of 2000 and has opened for pop rockers Smash Mouth.
When she isn't attending high school, Giraldo is trying to land a recording contract.
Other offspring of well-known performers who have served as Miss or Mister Golden Globe: Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, John Clark Gable and Freddie Prinze Jr.
***Unlike November's Emmys, America's war on terrorism received scant attention at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, with it left to the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to strike a serious note.
After noting that the Golden Globes have been called "the Hollywood party of the year," Dagmar Donlevy added: "Tonight, we have even more reason to celebrate. In recent months, members of the entertainment community have given their all.
"They have entertained the troops, they have raised enormous sums of money, and through the world's most popular art form, they have inspired us with stories that touch our hearts and minds," said Donlevy, whose organization bestows the Globes.
***Like other awards shows since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Golden Globes implemented strict new security measures.
Celebrities, publicists, reporters and others attending had to pass through metal detectors to enter the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the Globes were handed out.
Thumb prints for reporters and publicists were taken and affixed alongside their photos on press credentials. The hotel also did background checks on reporters, publicists and others working at the ceremony.
"We have more security personnel on hand, and a lot has happened behind the scenes to ensure tonight's event is completely safe," said Michael Russell, spokesman for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which stages the Golden Globes. "Everything has been done that can be done."
In the past, the Globes required only photo IDs and did not use metal detectors.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun