If you’re one of tonight’s nominees in a black sedan, be ready for a couple security checkpoints — if not more — as you drive to the Golden Globes today at the Beverly Hilton.
The LAPD has cleared close to a four-mile wraparound zone from Santa Monica Boulevard to the onset of the Westwood line past the Beverly Hilton in which there is zero non-event traffic.
Guests driving to the Hilton from Santa Monica were subject to trunk checks and mirror “bomb” checks underneath their vehicles. LAPD had several CBRN Hazmat and K-9 SUVs parked alongside the Hilton on the Santa Monica Boulevard side.
As for inside the hotel: Be sure you have a badge if you plan to cross the lobby. There are various internal security checkpoints inside the Hilton. While it’s common to go through a badge clearance heading to the backstage press area, hotel guests were being scanned coming off the elevator into the lobby, as well as traversing to the pool side of the hotel. The layout for the Globes is far more strategic in its security than at the Microsoft Piazza for the Emmys. All of this should open up tonight as the entire Beverly Hilton gets turned into a college party campus with guests running to various part of the hotel for the Fox, Focus, HBO, NBC Uni and WB InStyle parties.
“There will be a very clear heightened police presence over even last year that attendees will see,” a law enforcement source told Deadline. “There will also be a lot you won’t see but will be in place within the perimeter too,” he added, emphasizing earlier reports of increased security this year.
Getting off easy in terms of searches: the press. Media parked in Century City only endured one checkpoint and search — not two as in years past.