Recession? What recession? The only mention of the economic downturn at last night's Golden Globes ceremony came from actor Sacha Baron Cohen, whose jokes about the recession elicited few laughs: "This recession is affecting everyone, even celebrities," said Cohen. "Even Madonna had to get rid of one of her personal assistants." Maybe it was the word recession that made the crowd nervous, or maybe the celebrities were just scared of Madonna's wrath.
Either way, you couldn't really tell if the Golden Globes show was affected by the economic slump, especially when you take into account the extravagant gift swag provided at suites around Beverly Hills.
According to the Statesman Journal: "Stars who visited the DPA gifting lounge at Beverly Hills' Peninsula Hotel—including Golden Globe nominees Blair Underwood and Melissa George—could collect Jil Sander sunglasses, a six-day Tahitian getaway, fine jewelry, handbags, and designer dog collars. They could also get pampered with treatments such as eyelash extensions, facials, massages and foot reflexology. "Down the street at Kari Feinstein's Style Suite in West Hollywood, guests perused three floors packed with goodies to eat, drink, wear or apply to skin and hair. "Wendi's Fine English Toffee and Nothing Bundt Cakes provided a sugar kick, and Little Black Dress wines and Glowelle antioxidant beauty drinks offered liquid refreshment while guests including Jessica Alba, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Golden Globe nominee Debra Messing stocked up on swag."