On the red carpet: (from right) US producer Joey McFarland, US actor/cast member Jonah Hill, Australian actress/ cast member Margot Robbie, DiCaprio and Riza arriving at the London premiere of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. — EPA
LOS ANGELES: Red Granite Films co-founder Riza Aziz was excited during the red carpet ceremony in the 71st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel here.
The Hollywood based-Malaysian producer, who invested in The Wolf Of Wall Street that won Leonardo DiCaprio the Best Actor in A Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical award in the Sunday event, took a minute or two to speak to The Star, which is the only Malaysian media invited to cover the prestigious event.
When Riza found out that a Malaysian media was present at the Golden Globes red carpet, he cried: “No way!”
He explained that working with DiCaprio was a pleasant experience and that the actor was an ultimate professional.
He said that The Wolf Of Wall Street was a comedy, a cautionary tale about men, money and greed.
Riza is the son of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
American Hustle emerged the lead winner at the awards ceremony above the rest, especially 12 Years A Slave, which led the way with seven nominations.
American Hustle won the Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, as well as producing the Best Actress (Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).
Organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes typically kicks off the awards season, and is an early indicator of a movie’s potential at the Academy Awards (the Oscars).
Among the winners of the night who spoke to The Star were Lawrence, Adams, Michael Douglas, Chiwetel Ejiofor and the cast of TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
When The Star asked Lawrence how she stays grounded as it must be hard for a young actress like her not to go astray, she said: “I just have a good group of friends that I have had for a very long time and an amazing family, and I am just always busy working. I don’t have time to get into trouble.”
Veteran actor Douglas, who won Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for his saucy portrayal of Liberace, when asked which was more fun to play, baddies or good guys, said: “I’ve always enjoyed playing bad guys more because I don’t know of any good guys. I have always been intrigued by the ambivalence of characters.”