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Freedom of speech will reign supreme at Golden Globes

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The folks behind Sunday night’s Golden Globes show say they won’t address the Sony hack during the big show, but the subject is fair game for hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

“I think that especially in the last couple of months, the girls have been provided with quite some interesting fodder,” Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma told the AP coyly outside the Golden Globes’ ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday.

Fey and Poehler haven’t dished on what they prepared, but the hosting duo is expected to make tweaks right up until show time.

No holds barred.

Fey said last week’s attack on a French newspaper is a reminder of the importance of free speech.

“Even if it’s just dumb jokes in The Interview, we have the right to make them,” the comic said. “You cannot back down.”

This will be the third year in a row Fey and Poehler have hosted the show, and they’ve said it will also be their final time. Last year, they helped boost the Globes’ TV ratings to the best they’ve been in a decade.

Birdman leads film nominees at this year’s Golden Globe Awards with seven bids, including best picture (musical or comedy), best actor for star Michael Keaton and supporting actor nods for Emma Stone and Edward Norton.

On the television side, the FX crime drama Fargo has a leading five nominations, followed by HBO’s True Detective with four.

George Clooney, who called for an alliance to release The Interview in the name of artistic freedom after it was shelved by Sony, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

He’ll be in starry company. Apart from the acting nominees — which include Julianne Moore, Ricky Gervais, Helen Mirren, Steve Carell and Jake Gyllenhaal — a spate of A-listers are set to serve as presenters. Bryan Cranston and supporting actress nominee Meryl Streep were announced. Other presenters include Robert Downey Jr., Kate Hudson, Channing Tatum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Hart, Lily Tomlin, Salma Hayek and Chris Pratt.

With a mix of TV and film stars and a flowing open bar, 20-time Globes producer Barry Adelman is hoping for a festive launch to the industry’s awards season.

“We’ve always tried very hard to live up to the label Hollywood’s party of the year,” said. “And the way we do that is to let the party happen.”

Sunday’s 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC from 8-11 p.m.

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