Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet stand in the way of a Golden Globe victory for Cate Blanchett.

Cate Blanchett has a simple plan for surviving the Golden Globes red carpet, ceremony and after parties.

“Suck your stomach in, stand up straight and don’t fall over,” the Australian actress laughed.

Blanchett also prefers to eat lightly.

“I probably wouldn’t have five hamburgers before I walked out,” she added.

The Golden Globes are one of the major events of the Hollywood awards season and often forecast the winners of the Academy Awards, which this year will be held on March 2.

If awards experts and bookmakers are correct, Blanchett will not only win the dramatic actress trophy at Sunday’s (Monday AEDT) Golden Globes, she will go on to win the second Oscar of her career.

After an almost two-year hiatus from Hollywood while focusing on her family and Sydney Theatre Company duties with husband Andrew Upton, Blanchett has taken Tinseltown and its countless awards ceremonies by storm with her performance as a fallen New York socialite in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

On Thursday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announces its Oscar nominations, Blanchett is expected to earn the fifth nomination of her career.

She won the supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

For this year’s Oscar assault, Blanchett, thanks to the Sydney school calendar, has brought her three sons, Dashiell, 12, Roman, 9, and Ignatius, 5, to Los Angeles to enjoy the ride.

“My children are on school holidays,” she said at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) international award ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday.

Just as she competed for the AACTA award against an all-star list of Hollywood leading ladies – Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Amy Adams (American Hustle) – Blanchett faces a similar A-list at the Globes.

In the Globes’ dramatic actress category Blanchett is up against Bullock, Dench, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) and Kate Winslet (Labor Day) – all five have won Oscars.

The Globes, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, honour both film and TV categories.

The Globes also separates films into two categories – drama and musical/comedy – so it is unlikely to help define the Oscar best picture favourite, which is a battle between American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and Gravity.

American Hustle is in the comedy/musical category while 12 Years a Slave and Gravity are in the drama category.

American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave have seven Globe nominations each, more than any other films.

In other major Globe film categories the best actor-drama nominees were: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave); Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom); Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips); Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club); Robert Redford (All Is Lost).

Best actor in a musical or comedy film: Christian Bale (American Hustle); Bruce Dern (Nebraska); Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street); Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis); Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

Best actress in a musical or comedy: Amy Adams (American Hustle); Julie Delpy (Before Midnight); Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said); and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).

Best film drama: 12 Years A Slave; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Philomena; and Rush.

Best musical or comedy film: American Hustle; Her; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; and The Wolf Of Wall Street.