Beverly Hilton’s Executive Chef Suki Sugiura prepares his specialty appetizer trio, Grilled Eggplant with Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Hummus on
Beverly Hilton's Executive Chef Suki Sugiura prepares his specialty appetizer trio, Grilled Eggplant with Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Hummus on Seared Tomato Mini Sweet Pepper with Feta Cheese Pomegranate Herbs California Olive Oil on Grilled Pita Grilled Artichoke on Multigrain Tabbouleh and Tahini, during the menu preview for the 71th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. The Golden Globes will be held on January 12. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tune in at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBC to see the 71st Golden Globe Awards: There will be 25 TV and movie awards handed out today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an enduring group of 80-odd (or fewer) reporters and photographers who claim to cover Hollywood for 55 countries. Small group, yes, but it's good enough to get movie stars, directors and producers to come to their party, eat their food and drink their wine. Here are five reasons they come:

1. It's a great dinner party: The Beverly Hilton chefs this time will serve grilled eggplant, hummus and artichoke. The main course is surf ‘n' turf: spice-crusted braised beef short ribs and sautéed smoked filet of Atlantic trout, Dessert is a tropical compote with chocolate.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Writer/actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler speak onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Writer/actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler speak onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Champagne, chardonnay and malbec will flow. And for those on the wagon, there's coffee and tea (organic).

 

2. It's a perfect place to network: Doing deals is Hollywood's No. 1 pastime. Leonardo DiCaprio can sit with Steven Spielberg. Vanessa Hudgens could nosh with David O. Russell. The atmosphere is relaxed. Everyone is in a good mood (see reference to wine in No. 1). Everyone can talk about their next project. Nobody is as nervous as they will be at the Oscars.

3. There's a red carpet: The perfect excuse for looking their best. Fashion designers beg actresses to wear their gowns and actors get free tuxedos delivered by messenger. They can wear millions in jewelry without buying any of it. The photos will look great. Almost makes up for the paparazzi shots of stars in gym shorts and no makeup. (Red Carpet TV coverage starts at 1 p.m. on E!)

 

4. They get to laugh a lot — maybe at themselves: Saturday Night Live alumnae Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are very funny women, and the Globes audience at last year's awards fell in love with their smart aleck jokes, parodies and drinking games. Nobody is allowed to take any of this seriously, although there will be a somber memorial for those who died last year. Other than that, it's fun.

Bottles of Golden Globes Moet & Chandon champagne are displayed during the menu preview for the 71th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
Bottles of Golden Globes Moet & Chandon champagne are displayed during the menu preview for the 71th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 3, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California. The Golden Globes will be held on January 12. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read .

5. Does winning a Golden Globe matter?: Sure. More people will go see winning movies and tune into winning TV shows, and that means more money for everyone involved in the production. Awards are a numbers game, and there are bragging rights for those who have the most. Of course, winners will have to find room on the fireplace mantel for those dust-catching statuettes.

 

— Catherine Gaugh