The Golden Globes are billed as one of the most glamorous nights on the Hollywood social calendar, but Cate Blanchett has another view.

The Australian actress, in the running on Monday (NZ time) for her performance in the romantic-drama Carol, compares taking a seat in the Beverly Hilton ballroom to enduring a rock concert.

"It's like a mosh pit, actually," Blanchett, speaking on US comedian Jimmy Kimmel's TV talkshow, said.

"If there's not enough ketchup, you literally lean over and get (Leonardo) DiCaprio's ketchup from the table behind you.

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"You're all very tightly packed."

Blanchett should know as this year's Golden Globe nomination is her ninth since her first, a win, in 2000 for Elizabeth.

The return of the sharp-tongued British comic Ricky Gervais, who in past years has skewered the A-list audience with bad taste jokes, will also add a layer of nervous sweat on nominees.

Blanchett will be joined at the Beverly Hilton by prolific Australian filmmaker George Miller, who has two nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road: directing and best dramatic picture.

Blanchett and Miller aren't favourites, but a win at the Globes - where most of the film categories are split into drama and comedy/musical - will add fire to their Oscar campaigns.

Brie Larson for Room is the Globe dramatic actress frontrunner, followed by Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan.

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Blanchett's chances will likely be hurt by her Carol co-star Rooney Mara, who was thought to be a supporting actress candidate but was elevated to Blanchett's lead category.

Blanchett plays a mother in 1950s New York going through a tough divorce who unexpectedly falls for Rooney's character, a younger photographer.

The Globes are also known for nominees' and presenters' drunken behaviour, with alcohol flowing for guests throughout the ceremony.

Blanchett, who doesn't mind a drink, says it presents a problem.

"Normally you're so stitched into those dresses that you can't even drink anything because if you have to pee, it's a disaster," Blanchett said.

The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday.

• We'll have all the action from the red carpet and beyond live on nzherald.co.nz from 10am.

-AP