RAP ARTISTS: A significant number of journalists usually credentialed for the Globes didn’t make the final cut, according to sources. They just didn’t pass the FBI’s background checks, instituted for the first time and involving fingerprints and personal background information. As for the federal agents, they, for the most part, were hard to spot in their dress suits — except when they flashed their badges to gain admittance to several after-parties at the Beverly Hilton. In the meantime, those with a past, take note: Word is the Academy is considering similar security checks for the Oscars.
PLACEMENT TEST: Fledgling Los Angeles designer Cornell Collins got a boost by taking part in the Vanity Fair/L’Oreal supersuite at L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills. The exposure lead to new gal pals such as the Hilton sisters, as well as this year’s Miss Golden Globes, Haley Giraldo, daughter of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, who wore his spring 2002 porcelain silk taffeta gown.