As a precaution the entrance to the red carpet has been tented to shield the arrivals from any rain but forecasters are predicting a sunny afternoon.
Inside the ballroom rehearsals have been going on all day Saturday with the hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and some of the presenters, including Salma Hayek and Ricky Gervais.
|with Ricky Gervais and HFPA president Theo Kingma|
As a fee for his services Ricky demanded a six-pack of Fosters which I bought from the Main Street Market in Venice and presented to him when he arrived.
Apart from Ricky's six-pack there may not be any Fosters on hand but there'll be no shortage of food and drink as apart from the awards show dinner two bars will be open through the afternoon and evening in the adjoining lounge along with a Petrossian caviar stand, Godiva chocolate display and Moet et Chandon bar serving special cocktails as well as champagne.
And when the show is over guests will have their pick of SIX parties hosted by movie and TV studios in different parts of the hotel.