Numerous celebrities will attend the Golden Globe Awards again, but it’s a good bet Jamie Foxx will be the proudest parent in the room.
A past Globe winner (for “Ray”), the actor-comedian-singer will see his daughter Corinne on stage all night as this year’s Miss Golden Globe, an established performer’s offspring who’s selected to assist in literally handing out the honors. With renowned snark-master Ricky Gervais returning for his fourth stint as host, the 73rd annual ceremony airs Sunday (Jan. 10) on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (“Today” staples including Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie will host a pre-show special.)
In succeeding such other Hollywood progeny as Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore), Sosie Bacon (whose parents are Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) and Gia Mantegna (Joe’s daughter), Corinne Foxx already has participated in such related activities as last month’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees.
“There were a lot of people in the room, a lot of media, so it was intimidating,” the charming University of Southern California senior tells Zap2it of that occasion, “but luckily, I didn’t have to go on stage and say anything. I could just sit there.”
Not so on the night of the awards, since Foxx will be in front of the crowd for the better part of three hours. “The pressure is more about not falling and not dropping any of the awards,” muses the model and aspiring actress, “and not tripping. My biggest concern is probably about finding the right pair of shoes so that I’m not stumbling across the stage.”
Even if that were to happen, Foxx’s dad likely would be delighted. “He’s super-proud of me in anything I do,” his daughter confirms. “I could change a tire on my car, and he’d be just overwhelmed, so this is a huge deal for him. He just goes on and on about it, in the best way possible. I think he might be even more excited than I am.”
A highlight of these Golden Globes is sure to be the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement to Denzel Washington. Any hijinks Gervais may be planning will take a backseat during that segment, but Foxx feels reasonably prepared for any mirth he might have up his sleeves.
“I’ve been to the Golden Globes, and they definitely make it more like a party than the kind of award show where you’re just sitting and watching. There’s a good energy in the room.” While the show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler the year Foxx attended it, she says, “I keep getting all these warnings like, ‘Are you ready for what Ricky’s gonna do?’ My dad’s a comedian, so I can take the punches if they come.”
In the end, Foxx simply is pleased for her Golden Globes role that she hopes will be a significant entryway into the acting profession. “It’s an incredible honor,” she reflects. “A lot of people who have done it have gone on to have really successful careers, and I hope to follow in their footsteps.”