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SHOW BITS: Olympians make the scene

The Associated Press, Sunday, January 13, 2013, 5:55pm (PST)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 70th annual Golden Globes awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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Olympic champions Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin and Evan Lysacek shed their athletic garb and slipped on slinky duds to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

"Evan put it perfectly," Franklin said. "He said, 'This is kind of like the Olympics for the celebrities.'"

Douglas, the all-around gymnastics champion, shimmered and shivered in a lime dress on the chilly carpet, where temps hovered in the 50s.

Franklin, the five-time swimming medalist, wore a black silk gown with a sparkly statement necklace.

Lysacek, the reigning Olympic figure skating champion, donned a black velvet tuxedo that would have looked equally as dashing on the ice.

"I want to see everyone," gushed Douglas, who stopped to pose for a picture with Sean "Diddy" Combs. "I want to meet Emma Stone. I'm having so much fun."

— Beth Harris — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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"When my name was called, my knees gave a little bit. Actually, I was sitting. My knees gave when I walked up there." — Christoph Waltz, who won a Golden Globe for supporting actor for his role in "Django Unchained."

— Anthony McCartney— Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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Golden Globe nominees Steve Buscemi and Louis C.K. shared some love inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom as they waited to find out whether they'd go home winners or losers.

"Thanks, it was fun," the comedian said sheepishly after the star of "Boardwalk Empire" complimented him on his Globe-nominated performance in "Louie."

Buscemi was nominated for best actor in a TV drama, while C.K. was up for best actor in a TV musical or comedy.

Elsewhere in the ballroom, Kathryn Bigelow and Jodie Foster made a beeline for each other, navigating around several star-filled dinner tables to exchange greetings and a hug.

— Sandy Cohen — http://www.twitter.com/apsandy

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As the announcer shouted out that it was time to clear the red carpet and get inside for the Golden Globes show, Anne Hathaway managed to quickly sign her name to a fan's autograph book.

George Clooney and his fan weren't so lucky.

The fan-friendly actor was heading toward the bleacher crowd before he was ushered inside just in time for cameras to roll.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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A tube of lip gloss, some mascara, an iPhone and her driver's number.

That's all Megan Hilty of "Smash" is carrying in her golden clutch at this year's Golden Globes.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have even less in their itty-bitty purses. They're empty.

The ceremony's co-hosts whipped them open and held them upside down on the red carpet for the "Today" show co-hosts before the heading inside to prove nothing was weighing them down Sunday.

— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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He is Bond after all. He has to look cool. Even when it's cold.

With the sun going down and temperatures dropping, Daniel Craig strolled down the Golden Globes red carpet still wearing his sunglasses.

As fans shouted his name, the man who plays James Bond turned to the crowd and waved, flashbulbs flashing in his face and reflecting off his shades.

— Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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Max Greenfield of "New Girl" stopped to sign an autograph for bleacher sitter Arturo Vargas, just after Vargas' mom, Patricia, remarked that she had the best seats outside the house.

She and her 22-year-old film student son's bleacher seats were next to the area where the Golden Globes' very own camera crew had set up.

As a result, just about everybody who was anybody stopped to say hello to their fans on their way into the Golden Globes show.

—Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://twitter.com/@mccartneyAP

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Film students Arturo Vargas and Renee Huesca snagged front row seats for the Golden Globe Awards bleachers, with Vargas providing some veteran commentary to his fellow fans.

This is the third time the 22-year-old Vargas has attended the show and this year he was accompanied by his mother, Patricia, and aunt Claudia Verdes, who traveled from Mexico City to take in the event.

Verdes craned to get a photo of "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere and Vargas' mom. She joked that she planned to play paparazzi later and sell it to her nephew.

Vargas, meanwhile, fielded questions as stars arrived on the carpet.

He's hoping to eventually become a science fiction writer and director.

Huesca, also 22, says she hopes she might be walking down that red carpet herself someday.

"I've already thought about what I would say when interviewed," she said.

—Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://twitter.com/@mccartneyAP

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Show Bits brings you the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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