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Interview With Dagmar Dunlevy

Aired January 20, 2002 - 15:57   ET

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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: In California, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is set to award this year's Golden Globes. They're often considered a barometer for the Academy Awards. A number of films are in the running, but "A Beautiful Mind" with Russell Crowe, and "Moulin Rouge" with Nicole Kidman have the most nominations. Alisha Davis is taking the temperature in Beverly Hills, just four hours ahead of tonight's star-studded event, and she joins us live.

Alisha, what is the scene like out there now?

ALISHA DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Carol, I will tell you, the lights are on, the red carpet is down, the bleachers are filled, and everyone is ready for the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards.

And joining me now is Dagmar Dunlevy, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Dagmar, thanks for joining us.

DAGMAR DUNLEVY, HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION PRES.: You're very welcome, Alisha.

DAVIS: On a very busy day, I know. Now, tell us, you have been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for 18 years.

DUNLEVY: That's right.

DAVIS: What kind of changes are we going to see here this year?

DUNLEVY: Well, let's start off with the fantastic weather. We have been here a few times where it had to be covered, and the rains were pouring down like crazy. What we've got is just a little bit more security than normal, as I'm sure you knew trying to get into your spot.

As far as changes, do you mean about the show or just in general or what?

DAVIS: Well, are the events of September 11 going to effect what we see at the show?

DUNLEVY: Well, we are going to be respectful, of course, of what happened there, but I think that it's very important to be celebratory of the human spirit, to move on, and to also just have a wonderful time. It's time to celebrate and just have a really good time. DAVIS: And now we have Australians leading the pack this year, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, both of their films with six nominations. It's going to be a good year for the foreign stars?

DUNLEVY: I would think so, and that seems to be the one race that nobody can really call how it's all going to turn out.

DAVIS: All right, we have got you here. Can you give us a little bit of a preview?

DUNLEVY: You must be kidding.

DAVIS: All right...

DUNLEVY: Only Ernst & Young knows exactly what's going on, and when I interviewed Ernst & Young, I said, you know, how do you always make sure everything is -- in order to secure accuracy, do you know that there are actually 40 procedures that they go through on this ballot, 40 procedures to ensure that it's accurate and perfect and no mistakes?

DAVIS: Wow. And what are some of those procedures?

DUNLEVY: That's what I asked them, and guess what they said, those are trade secrets and we can't even tell you.

DAVIS: All right, well, that's understandable.

Now, tell us a little bit about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Many people might not be familiar with it.

DUNLEVY: Well, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is comprised of journalists from all over the world. What makes this group unique is the fact that like other organizations, you become a member once and you're a member forever. Here, what we do every year is the slate is wiped clean and you start all over. You have to show your clippings, your videos, anything that you have that proves that you are an active, working journalist.

So every year, that's re-credentialed. We do that through the internal and external process, and again with Ernst & Young people, making sure that all the T's are crossed, and you know, I's are dotted, or whatever way it goes -- or my I's are not dotted, whatever.

DAVIS: So it's roughly 90 members who are making the big decision here tonight?

DUNLEVY: Which I think is fantastic, because they're all independently arrived at. It's not a small committee who can sit down around a table and decide, well, this should be best picture and this should be such and such. It's truly everyone individually, seals and signs these ballots and sends them off.

DAVIS: Excellent. Well, Dagmar, thank you so much for joining us. We know it is going to be a great show. Carol, back to you.

LIN: All right. Thanks, Alisha. We'll see you through the evening.

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