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A tense Hollywood to exhale at glitzy Golden Globes, show to kick off Sunday night

  • Barry Adelman, far right, executive producer of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, is joined by, left to right, fellow Golden Globes executive producer Allen Shapiro, Miss Golden Globe 2015 Greer Grammer, Moet Ambassador Elettra Wiedemann and Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma as they roll out the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Barry Adelman, far right, executive producer of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, is joined by, left to right, fellow Golden Globes executive producer Allen Shapiro, Miss Golden Globe 2015 Greer Grammer, Moet Ambassador Elettra Wiedemann and Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma as they roll out the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Beverly Hilton is pictured during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    The Beverly Hilton is pictured during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Richard Linklater poses in the press room with the award for best director for “Boyhood” at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Richard Linklater poses in the press room with the award for best director for “Boyhood” at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)  (The Associated Press)

When Hollywood gathers for the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday night, real-world events may loom over what's usually one the industry's most carefree and rollicking evenings.

The three-hour ceremony, which NBC will televise live from Beverly Hills, California, comes on the heels of the deadly terrorist attack at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

It also follows Hollywood's own international incident over provocative parody: the hacking attack against Sony Pictures prompted by the North Korea farce "The Interview."

Yet Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can be counted on to exercise their right to free speech in their third year in a row hosting.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's backstage romp "Birdman" will rival Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood" and the World War II thriller "The Imitation Game" for the night's awards dominance.