THR's staff is on the scene at all of the weekend's big events.
The first big party of 2017 is here. Scratch that ... the first wave of parties is already crashing down on Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's major red-carpet fiesta — the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
9:30 p.m. The Stardust Ballroom appears to be the hottest ticket of the night: it was the only party with a line at the shuttle pickup area, and upon arrival, there's already a line that stretches through the lobby.
9:41 p.m. Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky cut it up on the dance floor, DJ'd by Questlove, a few moments after leaving the HBO party, where Hemsworth's brother Luke is an actor on Westworld. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck holds court in another part of the party. His brother, Casey Affleck, won Amazon its first Globe in the film category, for his performance in Manchester by the Sea.
9:58 p.m. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's publicist, Christine Tripicchio, looks elated walking near the hotel check-in, carrying her shoes and glowing following her client's incredible yet surprise win in the supporting actor category for his work in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. Looking less elated: loads of wannabe party people who are standing in a long line that is snaking its way from the carpet back through the hotel lobby towards the backstage press area. One guest is even standing next to his rolling suitcase. No one is getting into the party as word has it that the bash upstairs has hit capacity and the fire marshal is on the scene.
10:07 p.m. Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen and Eric D'Arbeloff are making their way toward the exit, both with big smiles on their faces following a nice win for Casey Affleck from their film Manchester by the Sea. Affleck isn't the only winner present — so is Billy Bob Thornton, who is celebrating his Goliath win, another trophy for the streaming service.
10:08 p.m. "This is such a great party," one guest tells THR. "Tons of stars, great music, good luck." The music is the centerpiece to the party as close to a hundred guests are swarming the stage where Questlove and The Roots are turning in an electric performance and Hollywood-types are actually dancing. Rumor has it that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck got close to the stage and were taking part.
10:13 p.m. Hemsworth isn't dancing; instead he ducks into a dark hallway leading to what looks like a kitchen or private entrance/exit.
10:45 p.m. The Roots launch into "Let's Go Crazy," and the crowd goes wild.
11:05 p.m. The crowd goes less wild when The Roots wrap up their killer set.
11:10 p.m. Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn are spotted in the lobby together, huddling over a cellphone while plotting their next destination.
Additional attendees include nominees Michelle Williams and Kenneth Lonergan, Jill Soloway, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Schwartzman and Gael Garcia Bernal along with Monica Bellucci, Lily Collins, Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Jay Duplass, Felicity Huffman, Lola Kirke, Amy Landecker, Diego Luna, Malcolm McDowell, Mike Mills, Ruth Negga, Keke Palmer, Bernadette Peters, Busy Phillips, Giovani Ribisi and Jason Ritter.
— Additional reporting by Natalie Jarvey
8:53 p.m. UTA partner Jeremy Barber is overheard talking to Gillian Anderson, mapping out the rest of their evening, which will include a stop at UTA's private agency event followed by CAA's party at Sunset Tower, he says.
8:56 p.m. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos holds court near the back of the massive tent, standing over a VIP section that remains empty.
9:07 p.m. There's a crush of people that have plugged up one of the party aisles between two VIP sections and Naomi Campbell doesn't seem interested in waiting for it to dissipate on its own. "Excuse me," she announces, as she breaks through the crowd and heads toward Harvey Weinstein's VIP area, which is being guarded by as many as five security guards. Campbell greets Weinstein and sits down next to him for a few minutes before getting up and moving over to his wife, Geogina Chapman. The longtime friends have a lively chat.
9:10 p.m. Sarandos joins Weinstein in VIP and sits down for a private conversation.
9:13 p.m. "Who did your makeup!?" Campbell shouts down from VIP to a woman who is walking up, dressed in all black. Campbell then motions to security to let the woman enter the area.
9:40 p.m. Joan Collins and her husband, Percy Gibson, walk out on the smoking patio as the actress takes a seat on an empty sofa. Gibson leaves his wife while he runs off to grab the couple a pair of martinis. Collins tells THR that she's on the hunt for her friend Donna Mills.
9:50 p.m. Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt is seen walking near the red carpet on his way into the party. He tells THR that while his late wife Zsa Zsa Gabor's funeral was less than two weeks ago, he's getting on by getting out. "This is what she would've wanted," he explains.
Additional attendees at the party — which kicked off a new partnership with Grey Goose vodka that will see the companies partner on Cannes, Oscar and film premiere events — include Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Diane Kruger, Winona Ryder, Heidi Klum, Sophia Vergara, Laverne Cox, Dev Patel, Emily Ratajkowski, Molly Shannon and Donald Glover.
7:45 p.m. The People v. O.J. Simpson winners Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson bailed early on the official telecast as they're spotted here at the Fox party, a great place to eat and relax before the party crush. Murphy is chomping solo on Jon & Vinny's pizza while keeping an eye on giant monitors to watch the final minutes of tonight's show.
7:58 p.m. Best actress in a motion picture drama is announced and the name is not perceived front-runner Natalie Portman. Instead, Elle star Isabelle Huppert takes the prize and you can hear gasps throughout the crowd when the French legend's name is announced. (Portman stars as the onetime first lady in Jackie, a Fox Searchlight film.)
8:18 p.m. "From check-in to boarding to getting dropped off here, the entire process took eight minutes," one Fox reveler tells THR. "It's a game changer of the night following last year's mess. All the changes they made really worked!"
8:20 p.m. Murphy made the rounds, letting folks hold his statuette while he talked up his next project, FX's Feud. Nearby, a few This Is Us castmembers mingled, with a handler revealing that the male castmembers had planned to carry injured star Chrissy Metz to the stage had she won.
8:28 p.m. Two-time Globe winner Donald Glover can barely make it through the door as he's bombarded by well-wishers who are eager to offer their congratulations and take photos with the Atlanta creator and star. He poses for a few photos with fans, and be sure to ignore the "fan" credit in the accompanying tweet. That is more than just a fan, that's Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld.
8:35 p.m. A corner VIP section should be renamed the Winner's Circle as Murphy holds court with boss Dana Walden, Fox chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Television Group, along with winner Paulson and pals Amanda Peet and Cheyenne Jackson. At one point, Paulson jumps up and over to Murphy and Walden showing them a photo (or text maybe?) on her smartphone.
8:36 p.m. Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives to the party, led by a male handler to the VIP section. The large sofa mentioned above is filled to the max, so the actor moves to an empty one against the wall. Seconds later, Murphy, Paulson and crew stand and make their way toward the door, weaving their way through the packed crowd. Murphy leads the way, naturally.
8:46 p.m. Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider makes her way to exit.
9:35 p.m. It's the time of the night when ladies look to kick their stilettos off following a long day of standing on carpets of the red kind. Fox is ready for them with Hulu-branded flip-flops.
11:00 p.m. Aside from the golden trophies spotted throughout the bash, the other star of the Fox party is Jon & Vinny's pizza. By this time of the night, a party insider confirms to THR that more than 380 pizza pies have gone out to hungry revelers. And just to be sure nobody goes home with hunger pangs, to-go boxes are available for those who want pizza for the ride home.
— With reporting by Matthew Belloni, Lacey Rose, Andy Lewis and Chris Gardner
9 p.m. Kerry Washington chats up Blake Lively and Golden Globe-nominated husband Ryan Reynolds at the end of the carpet.
9:02 p.m. After chatting with Bob Saget, Jesse Tyler Ferguson skips the line at the bar to join husband Justin Mikita, who is waiting nearby.
9:09 p.m. Gossip Girl reunion! Leighton Meester chats up Lively while their respective husbands, Adam Brody and Reynolds, stand nearby and have their own conversation.
9:10 p.m. Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara pose together for photographers.
9:13 p.m. Steve (Joe Kerry) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) from Stranger Things chat near the dance floor.
9:16 p.m. David Schwimmer busts a move — jokingly, it seems — to a remix of the classic R. Kelly jam "Ignition."
9:17 p.m. Derek and Julianne Hough compare pics on their iPhones.
9:19 p.m. Atlanta star LaKeith Stanfield dances to a Black Beatles jam. Handling DJ duties once again at this annual hot party is celebrity DJ Michelle Pesce.
Additional attendees of the 18th annual event included Globe winners Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross and Claire Foy, along with Andrew Garfield, Anthony Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Lily Collins, Chris Pine, Chrissy Teigen, Christian Slater, Diego Luna, Drew Barrymore, Evan Rachel Wood, Felicity Huffman, Felicity Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Janelle Monae, Jeffrey Tambor, John Legend, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Sylvester Stallone and more.
— Reporting by Mia Galuppo
10:32 p.m. Winners and nominees from the evening continued the revelry at Delilah, where Fallon hosted a private party following the studio affairs that were all held on premise at the Beverly Hilton hotel. From the evening's winners, such as Sarah Paulson and the entire cast of Atlanta, to presenters Pierce Brosnan and Sienna Miller and regulars on the A-list Hollywood party circuit (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Tobey Maguire), friends of Fallon danced along to a blaring DJ at the dimly lit after-afterparty. Other attendees included Christian Slater, Jon Hamm, Naomi Campbell, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Mark Robson, Zach Braff and Kate Hudson, among others.
9:05 p.m. Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard was celebrating Isabelle Huppert's best actress win for Elle. The indie veteran said he not only will be back at Sundance this month, but plans to participate in the anti-Trump march scheduled for Inauguration Day in Park City, Utah.
9:45 p.m. Bryan Cranston, a nominee for All the Way, spotted AMC head Charlie Collier and gave him a faux hard time for cheering "so enthusiastically" for AMC star Tom Hiddleston, who had beaten Cranston earlier in the night. Collier left soon after, joking it was bad "juju" to be at a rival network's party.
10:15 p.m. A woman took a spill by one of the back doors and Russell Simmons swooped in to help her up. The cast of The Night Of chatted nearby.
— Reporting by Matthew Belloni and Lacey Rose
6:25 p.m. At the Beverly Hills Montage for Sean Penn and J/P Haiti Relief Organization’s Haiti Rising event, Host Committee Chair Soleil Moon Frye tells THR she’s been going back and forth to Haiti with J/P HRO since the earthquake in 2010. “I don’t think we really focus enough on the incredible good work that we actually do in Haiti," she says. "You always hear these disaster stories, but you don’t hear about the work that people are putting their blood, sweat and tears into.” Others doing press on the carpet include Haitian-born Garcelle Beauvais, Lily Collins, presenter Ed Norton, Emile Hirsch, Diane Kruger, Joel Edgerton and Trevante Rhodes.
7 p.m. Seated at a table just inside the ballroom doors, Bob Weinstein proudly tells another reveler his daughter Sara works with Penn and J/P HRO. Patricia Arquette, Elizabeth Olsen, Courtney Love, David O. Russell and hosts including Veronica Ferres, Balthazar Getty and Sean Parker populate tables around the room.
7:18 p.m. Penn opens the event by saying he feels “fortunate to play a part in the birth of three beautiful children”: his daughter Dylan Frances Penn, Hopper Jack Penn, and J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The org’s staff “in just six years has gone from 30 Americans to 160 Haitians.” Penn notes he didn’t prepared a big “rabble-rouser” speech: “I don’t know what speech to write, post the age of reason. I’ve never lived here before.” (Big applause.) Focusing on the criticism regarding the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti, Penn says, “I’ve watched the Clinton Foundation save lives, so when a newsperson gets up there and blindly starts giving criticisms on this stuff, let me tell ya, they’re responsible for people not making it down the line, and they should be ashamed of themselves.”
7:27 p.m. Emcee Bill Maher says Haiti recently had a “free and fair election, isn’t that right, Sean? I’m glad somebody did last year. ... We, of course, we had a different kind of election here. The new president-elect will take office in 13 days. ... This is the first time in my life I’m using marijuana for legitimate reasons. ... We’re going to be living with Trump for the next four years. It sounds like one of those diseases in pharmaceutical ads: ‘I’m living with Trump, and I’m not letting Trump control my life.’”
7:35 p.m. Jeffrey Tambor pays tribute to comedian Garry Shandling, calling him “the kindest genius in the world.” He says Shandling was a longtime supporter of J/P HRO and left the org $1 million. He announces the establishment of a new annual honor, The Garry Shandling Humanitarian Award. Tambor ends on an emotional note: “Oh Garry, we miss you, oh Garry, we love you, oh Garry, we thank you.” Dinner and table-hopping ensues.
8:20 p.m. Presenter Norton says, “Sean, you catch more flak, you get more darts thrown at you for trying to do good things and for doing good things than almost anybody I know. I love that you battle that to the side and take the sustenance from the righteous work ...” before introducing honoree and his “man-crush” Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health.
8:28 p.m. Dr. Farmer starts off his acceptance speech by saying, “By the way, Sean, five minutes? I don’t think so. Chances of me doing this in five minutes is the same as William Jefferson Clinton speaking for five minutes, or maybe Fidel...”
8:50 p.m. Penn launches the fundraising portion of the night: “The worst thing in my life is this hat-in-hand stuff. It’s a beast to do that stuff. You’re calling your friends, and enemies, and telling them they’re your friends.” He talks about funds being diverted away from the org’s development in Haiti due to Hurricane Matthew in October last year and also recalls that “my friend President Chavez” helped supply “350,000 bottles of morphine” after the earthquake (in 2010), saying, “We’ll make our apologies later.”
9:10 p.m. The event’s live auction launches with Sotheby’s gavel mistress Andrea Fiuczynski pitting Leonardo DiCaprio against Fox International Productions president Tomas Jegeus, who ends up placing the winning $100,000 bid on a South African shark-cage-diving adventure. Leo, who bids on multiple lots (and almost ends up with Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour dress) later grabs a custom Ed Ruscha work on paper for $125,000. Nick Jonas announces a partnership with J/P HRO and his organization Beyond Type One to serve those with diabetes in Haiti. Among the "spontaneous lots" added is a boom-operating internship on an Oliver Stone project in a country where they say “Da” and “in a city that rhymes with brown cow,” according to Penn (it goes for $60K). The in-room tally rises to $2.6 million. The French government, the Parker Foundation and the World Bank are among the other major donors bringing total commitments to some $37 million for J/P HRO and their initiatives in Haiti, according to a later missive from the org’s press corps. The night ends with magician David Blaine doing card tricks with guest Jason Segel, then musician Beck performs with the Compton Community Choir.
— Reporting by Sharon Swart
2:15 p.m. The official start time on the party invite said 2 p.m., and Mahershala Ali isn’t ready for tea and talk. The Moonlight star is sitting by himself in the Four Seasons’ Windows Lounge, which is closed for the afternoon and completely empty at the moment. He’s staring at his cellphone with a smile on his face and looks to be sending text messages. (Could he be fielding congratulatory words from friends and family over this news? Yeah, hopefully. It’s a good day for the actor and his Moonlight team.)
2:17 p.m. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner makes her way past the guest check-in. She’s with a few handlers or representatives, but no one with the last name of Jonas.
2:24 p.m. At the end of the red carpet, Joe Jonas (there he is!) is spotted entering in through the regular guest entrance, the one that doesn’t have a red covering on the ground. It’s the low-key way to enter the BAFTA Tea, and he heads straight to the party inside the ballroom. “I haven’t had lunch yet,” Jonas tells another man. “But I don’t know if I want to eat anything here.” The spread is filled with traditional British tea treats, including lots of carb-heavy sandwiches, and that may not be on his diet. (It's not all tea here, however, as guests sip wine all afternoon courtesy of Ruffino Wines, which hosted the event.)
2:30 p.m. Manager-producer Rosalie Swedlin says she’s going to watch this year’s Golden Globes from home, where she will root on her Anonymous Content colleagues who, fortunately, have a slew of nominees. Meanwhile, a well-dressed New Yorker basically tells Swedlin that she should win an award for her impeccable ensemble, which features a dress by red-hot British designer J.W. Anderson.
2:38 p.m. Transparent star Jay Duplass tells THR that he didn’t set any New Year’s resolutions. “I’m just trying to be happy,” he laughs. “And employing any odd strategies in order to do so.”
2:42 p.m. “I’m super happy the film is getting recognition, but I’m not entirely comfortable when the attention is directed at me,” admits 20th Century Women breakout actor Lucas Jade Zumann, who adds that he has a strategy for staying grounded and keeping a low-profile. “I have a small, tight-knit group of friends and I like it that way. They’re real people.” He also likes the opportunity to read new scripts, which are being sent his way as potential follow-ups to the Mike Mills-directed film, though he has yet to decide what it will be. “I’m looking at different projects,” he says coyly.
2:52 p.m. Ava DuVernay glides through the party along with Netflix’s Lisa Nishamura. The filmmaker, who worked with Netflix on her critically acclaimed documentary 13th — which is currently shortlisted for a potential Oscar nomination — says she’s on a break from shooting her Disney film A Wrinkle in Time, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle and adapted by Jennifer Lee. “It’s my turn towards lightness fighting the darkness that now exists in our country,” she says. “I’m taking everything from the story to bolster me. I feel depleted and assaulted, and the film is nourishing me. We’re on day 39 of 80.” (Up next is a trip to New Zealand in February to finish principal photography.) And while she’s been challenged emotionally during this period of political uncertainty, her work life couldn’t be better. “Culturally, I feel very alive and vibrant,” DuVernay says, clad in a beautiful red Narcisso Rodriguez dress. “I’m very fortunate with Queen Sugar and a second season, 13th is part of the conversation and I’m working on a movie that I love.”
3:00 p.m. Golden Globe-nominated star Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) says he’s “elated as I would hope” about the recognition he has received from the HFPA, yet he’s “not as cool and calm as I should be.” Asked for how he’s treated himself with the awards season love, the actor has a quick joke that rivals his Big Bang Theory character’s comedic timing. “I ordered some socks from J. Crew and they arrived quickly. … They must’ve known that I’m a Golden Globe nominee.”
3:14 p.m. Socks aside, Helberg greets fellow nominee Aaron Taylor-Johnson, complimenting him on his work and saying that he’s a big fan. “Likewise,” says the Nocturnal Animals star.
3:26 p.m. Christina Ricci arrives to the ballroom by herself and takes a quick look at her cellphone. The 36-year-old is a Hollywood vet who admits that she still enjoys a spin down the red carpet and the chance to attend a Globes event. “I like it more now, after I’ve gotten through the insecure, jittery period that I experienced in my twenties," she says. "And I have a show now that I’m proud of, so it feels great.” She’s referring to Z: The Beginning of Everything, which returns later this month and is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.
3:31 p.m. “Hi, I’m Thandie,” Ms. Newton says to Jonas, who now is holding hands with Turner.
3:36 p.m. Emma Stone greets awards consultant Lisa Taback, and the two exchange words about their busy weekend. Stone then turns around to greet filmmaker Shawn Levy, who is talking with Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobbie Brown of Stranger Things fame. Compliments are flying, and flashbulbs soon follow.
3:38 p.m. Ryan Gosling enters the ballroom and crowds start to form around the circle where Stone, Levy and the Stranger Things kids are. A bodyguard hovers near Gosling, and it’s clear why he’s one of the only (maybe the only?) stars who is flanked by muscle at the afternoon tea party, because it feels like he might get mobbed by frenzied fans at any minute.
3:52 p.m. Peter Fonda speeds toward the ballroom entrance, but first answers this: What’s your favorite performance on film this year? “Fences blew me away,” he admits. “What Denzel Washington did as an actor and director is remarkable. I have yet to watch them all, but I will.”
3:56 p.m. Next to the south wall at the end of the lobby, a small crowd starts to form in what looks like an emergency situation. Four people are staring down at the floor where a woman is completely laid out. Loving star Joel Edgerton is kneeling down over the woman, asking her if she’s OK. “She had a fainting spell,” a woman tells THR. “Actually, it was more than that. She fainted and fell right over.” Edgerton stays down with the woman as a Four Seasons security staffer calls for help. Seconds later, an official medic-looking staffer arrives, who must’ve been on-site in an adjacent room. Toting medical supply bags, the man gets down to help the woman, who has now lifted her head off the ground. She’s helped to a seated position with her back against the wall, though she still looks dizzy and disheveled. Noticing that other guests have started to take notice of the situation, Four Seasons staff help the woman to her feet, then escort her through double doors just steps away to a private hotel area. Edgerton sees that she’s being taken care of and then rejoins his group, who have been waiting nearby while monitoring the situation. It’s unclear whether she’s a BAFTA member.
4:17 p.m. Edge of Seventeen star Hailee Steinfeld meets Lion actor Sunny Pawar and asks for a pic with the first-time actor, who is only 8 years old. They pose for adorable photos, and that seems like the cutest way to end the afternoon tea party. Check, please.
5:42 p.m. Keegan-Michael Key is at the back bar on the Chateau Marmont's courtyard chatting up FilmNation's Aaron Ryder.
6:19 p.m. Wearing a striking gold dress, This Is Us star and Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz walks down the stairs to join the party, but it's hard for her to walk two steps without fans grabbing an arm or an ear to tell her how much they love her work and/or the NBC show. She tells THR that she doesn't mind the attention. "It's very, very, very amazing to hear compliments because actors, like all people, can be hard on ourselves," Metz explains. "Even though I hear it, sometimes, I'm like waiting for someone to tell me that the jig is up." It's not, and the Globes nomination is very real, and she's less than a day away from attending her first ceremony. The dress is ready and so is her knee. (She tore her miniscus over the holiday break.) "I had a cortisone shot and that thing is magical," she gushes. "I couldn't even walk a day ago and now I'm mobile. I'm on the mend, so I'm going to stay positive."
6:32 p.m. A fire marshal enters the courtyard and surveys the scene inside the Chateau Marmont. And there's no other word to describe what he sees than this: PACKED. But, fortunately for Paramount, he doesn't shut it down. Revelry continues.
6:37 p.m. Someone should study Sterling K. Brown's stamina. This is his third party of the day, following Film Independent's Nominees Brunch (which he co-hosted with Issa Rae) and the BAFTA Tea Party. "You take it one minute at a time and try to enjoy the whole thing while you are going through it, and then you look forward to going home and kissing your kids and getting ready for tomorrow," he says in reference to how he does it. "You also pace yourself and drink plenty of water and enjoy the moment. Like a year ago, I wouldn’t have been here." As for picking a highlight, that's easy. "I got a chance to run into John Lithgow at BAFTA," says Brown. "I gave him a hug and told him that I’m rooting for him. I don’t mean that I don’t want to win because that would be cool, but if he wins, I will celebrate. He was very kind and said, ‘Let’s just tie.’" (Brown also made the rounds on Saturday with his actress wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, who tells THR she's wearing a David Meister dress and Martin Katz jewelry at the party, just like she will be on Sunday.)
6:58 p.m. Jovan Adepo, one of the stars of Fences alongside Viola Davis and director-star Denzel Washington, just experienced his own highlight of the night. "Literally like five minutes ago I got to meet Meryl Streep," says the actor. "I saw her very briefly at Viola Davis’ Walk of Fame presentation, but I didn’t get a chance to speak to her. I saw her at the bar over here and I said that I’m such a huge fan, and she said, ‘I’m a fan of you.’ It was unbelievable. She shook my hand and kissed me on the cheek and said, ‘Keep doing your work.’ I’m very close with Viola, so I take everything that she says to heart, but to have somebody who doesn’t know me say something like [Meryl did], it’s unbelievable."
8:20 p.m. Amy Adams almost closes down the party, as she is one of the last remaining revelers to make her way toward the exit.
Spotted at the Paramount pre-Golden Globe party: @KeeganMKey and Christian Slater embracing and chatting up a storm.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 8, 2017
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11:09 a.m. Oops! A woman falls on the slippery pavement on what has been a rainy morning in Los Angeles. She's a staff member who is holding a pair of umbrellas, and a colleague rushes to her side to help her up. Crisis averted: She's OK!
11:19 a.m. French superstar Isabelle Huppert takes a moment to tell THR that her red pantsuit is by Armani, the same designer that will dress her for Sunday night's Golden Globes. "It's very elegant, and it’s also very modern," she says. "He makes such beautiful clothes."
11:26 a.m. Tichina Arnold arrives, and while she admits that she loves film, the actress has politics on the brain. Arnold is headed to the Women's March on Washington and for good reason. "I'm going because of my daughter," she says. "It's important that my daughter physically sees me fight, so that she will know someday how to stand up for what she believes in."
11:29 a.m. Riz Ahmed has been on a great streak as of late. And he's not letting it go to waste, he says as he finishes up his blue carpet interviews. "The best part of these last few months is that it's given me a bit of a platform to talk about the things that are important to me," Ahmed explains. "In the current global climate, we live in a divided world, and it's important for artists to speak up. There is no us and them, it's just us together." On that note, he's using his voice for Syria. See here.
11:55 a.m. Film Independent president Josh Welsh and board chair Mary Sweeney are needed inside for the grants presentation, but first the two stop to talk to THR. The event is a real brunch with a breakfast spread, but who has time to eat when there is money to give out and filmmakers to speak with? Not that Welsh or Sweeney have time for the former. "They have amazing bacon here," Welsh says. "But for the last three years, I never eat any because by the time I'm able to, it's all gone." They do, however, have time to talk film. "Everybody is a winner today," Sweeney proclaims. "So it makes for a relaxed morning with no pressure." Awards aside, several filmmakers say the pressure comes when they get back to creative process, crafting stories with purpose in these uncertain political times, which is a mission Welsh and his team are 100% behind. "There's a billboard a few blocks from here for Ava DuVernay's 13th and the tagline underneath says, 'Now more than ever.' I feel the same way about the work we do at Film Independent. We don't change our mission now, we double down on it."
12:21 p.m. Filmmaker Andrew Ahn broke out with his indie feature Spa Night, enough to earn him one of the grants nominations today. (He may not have won, but these filmmakers did.) He promises to continue on with his mission to showcase parts of Los Angeles that are yet undiscovered onscreen. "Who knows what will be next?" he teases. "I'm thinking about K-town, Hacienda Heights, those neighborhoods that have great stories to explore."
12:25 p.m. Annette Bening is seated by herself in a round booth on the outdoor Boa patio just as Film Independent's Welsh takes the stage to welcome Issa Rae and Sterling K. Brown, the morning's co-hosts who are on hand to announce the winners of the film grants. Bening focuses on her eggs, while Welsh explains that the Spirit Awards has an unofficial tradition that has carried on for two years straight. "Nobody has pulled out scraps of paper," he explains. "Keep this tradition going and don't bring out the paper." Rather, he encourages nominees who may take the stage as winners in February to "speak from the heart."
12:31 p.m. Bening's 20th Century Women director Mike Mills discovers that his star is sitting by herself, so he cozies up alongside her. "You can't see anything but you can hear," she tells him, as they are directly to the west of the stage, which is obstructed by the crowd.
12:40 p.m. Trevante Rhodes and Michael Shannon both took the weekend off from filming their new movie Horse Soldiers to come to Los Angeles for the weekend. "I wasn't going to come, but I thought I'd be bored out of my mind staying out there alone with nothing to do for a couple days," said Shannon of shooting in desolate New Mexico.
12:45 p.m. Mahershala Ali says the awards love has been a bit overwhelming (he picked up another award on Saturday) but wonderful. "It is these guys who made me look good," he says, pointing to Rhodes.
12:48 p.m. Ava Duvernay sits with The Black List creator Franklin Leonard at a booth eating breakfast, but then she is told by her people that it is time to head out. She stops for hugs throughout the restaurant on her way.
12:57 p.m. Director Barry Jenkins walks over to actress/director Jacqueline Kim to tell her that he's a fan of her work. She says thank you and asks what he does. He says he made Moonlight and she asks, "Were you in it?"
1:12 p.m. When she leaves the party, DuVernay is followed by a paparazzo with a video camera and politely answers a couple questions.
— With reporting by Rebecca Ford
7:35 p.m. The driveway leading up the iconic property is packed with people, and the party has just started. A woman with a glittery gold jacket does her best to stop each and every wannabe reveler, asking them where they are headed. One suit-clad gentleman says in a very ungentlemanly way, "I'm going to Stefano and Lynn's party." Not everyone needs the complete party title apparently, but this annual bash celebrates W's "Best Performances" package featuring awards-season standouts. More on that here.
7:36 p.m. Julie Delpy arrives and walks across the street to a crush of waiting photographers. (More on Miss Delpy later and how she feels about people asking her to pose, pose, pose for them.)
7:41 p.m. Following a few check-in points, it's party time. The penthouse has been reimagined for the W party, and the long entry way (that leads to the living room and ever-crowded outdoor penthouse) is covered with mirrors on both sides, giving a minimalist, almost club-like feel. And, the penthouse is actually not crowded at all. The walls outside on the sixth floor are covered with images from W's 2017 spread.
7:49 p.m. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is here. She's chatting with Lynn Hirschberg, while over their shoulder Tom Ford (wearing chic aviator sunglasses) is talking with Andre Balazs. Ford's husband, Richard Buckley, is there, too.
7:52 p.m. ICM Partners' John Burnham, wearing a sleek green leather jacket, glides through the event. Asked about his party strategy for the weekend, the veteran agent laughs, "I'm strategy-less." He's also without New Year's resolutions. "I would break them anyway."
7:56 p.m. Time to talk to Stefano Tonchi. How did they pick who got those coveted cover slots? "We always get inspired by what's in the movies and the performances," he says. "For this portfolio, we were also very inspired by the political situation and we felt the message should be come together." So they brought together famous faces from this year's standout films, asking them to pose very closely to one another. "Couples of every kind — black and white, men and women, men and men, woman and woman — that's the beauty of the project." Speaking of beauty, Tonchi said less became more when they redid the penthouse: "We wanted something minimal that is very '70s in spirit but still feels futuristic. It's very glamorous, clean and minimal." He walks away because it's time for him now to talk to Jackie star Natalie Portman, who arrives with publicist Barry Dale Johnson.
8:03 p.m. Delpy stands nearby with a friend, looking down from the ledge to Sunset Boulevard below. "I didn't make resolutions actually," says the multihyphenate. "I quit drinking and I quit smoking, not that I was doing either very much. Only a drink or two per week, and two or three cigarettes per week. I'm a very moderate person, but I decided to completely stop all of it and I feel great." Speaking of feelings, Delpy says she's always surprised when people ask to take her picture, like they did downstairs in front of the hotel. "I don't do many films because I'm focused on writing and directing. I think people forget me, and I'm sure some do, but not everybody apparently."
8:11 p.m. Gersh Agency partner Leslie Siebert has arrived, fresh from her holiday vacation in Turks and Caicos. She's not alone, however. Joining her are son Jack and his friend, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece. Yes, royalty has arrived. And when I ask her about New Year's resolutions, she smiles with a rather ordinary answer. "I did make a resolution," says the princess. "I was going to eat healthy and then on New Year's day, I went to Subway before going to the airport. So the new me started the next day, but actually every Monday morning I say it." (Dear Subway marketing execs: Even royals eat at Subway.) I don't ask Siebert about Subway, but instead the query becomes her date to Sunday's Golden Globes. "I'm driving with David Schwimmer," she says of the longtime client. "But I'll go and roam the room, working for three hours saying hi to people."
8:25 p.m. I introduce myself to two striking guests, just for fun, because that's what parties are for, right? They're cool and they tell me their names because I should know. It's Kuba Tornado and Rivington Starchild. That's all.
8:36 p.m. I don't need to ask Jurnee Smollett-Bell's name. No broken resolutions for the Underground star, either, who is standing next to the show's co-creator, Misha Green. "I didn't set any. I did have a few things that I wanted to leave in 2016. They're gone. I shook it off like Taylor Swift," she laughs, before getting serious for a moment looking for food because it's her first night out since having a baby boy in November. His name is Hunter.
8:43 p.m. Amy Adams and husband Darren Le Gallo find the terrace corner and post up there for most of the night.
9:07 p.m. Caitriona Balfe weaves her way through the party. She's one of many Globes nominees at the party along with Ford, Evan Rachel Wood, Rami Malek, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Damien Chazelle, Claire Foy and Lily Collins. But she's the only one who tells me this: "I didn't set any resolutions, but I gave myself a word. I can't say what it is, but it's more of like a mantra of how I want to live for the whole year. A couple of years ago it was 'No fear.'" The Outlander star is making her second appearance at the Globes for back-to-back nominations for her work. And it sounds like last year she had a good time at the event. "I got to meet Mark Rylance, and he gave me relationship advice," she smiles. "Where I grew up, he's this bastion of British theater — he's amazing, and that was very cool."
9:21 p.m. Wearing a beanie and walking with wife Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake finds Adams and husband in the corner, where they each hug and strike up conversations like old friends. (A party insider says later that Timberlake never confirmed to attend the bash, but fortunately just showed up with his wife.)
9:31 p.m. With just one hour left in the party, the terrace starts thinning out. Lots of people still huddled near the bar drinking Moët.
9:36 p.m. After the party, it's the hotel lobby. That's always a thing at the Chateau, so it's time for dinner in the courtyard, which is packed with notable names. Sharing the room downstairs are filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan and wife J. Smith Cameron, Chloe Sevigny, Garrett Hedlund, photographer Amanda Demme, arts maven Bettina Korek, China Chow and Jim Goldstein.
9:56 p.m. The Weinstein Co. chief Bob Weinstein walks through the courtyard and ducks behind a curtain behind the bar. A server relays the information that the area behind the curtain is a designated smoking area. If one needs a lighter, ask the wizard.
10:15 p.m. A guest from the W party stops by the table to dish on who she saw upstairs. Ladies and gentlemen, Barbra Streisand made a cameo with husband James Brolin. "The seas parted for her, as they should," says the reveler. "But you could've blinked and you would've missed her. She was in and out." (As you may recall, Streisand had her own W cover in 2016.)
10:31 p.m. On his way back from the restroom, Hedlund meets Lonergan, who is on his way out. (On a personal trip to the restroom, Adams, Le Gallo, Timberlake and Biel are spotted holding court in the hotel lobby bar.)
10:39 p.m. This is not a joke: Weinstein reemerges from the designated smoking area behind the curtain. That was one long smoke-break, Mr. Wizard. (A source later says that Weinstein doesn't drink or smoke.)
10:48 p.m. HFPA president Lorenzo Soria arrives at the courtyard, making his way from the W party upstairs. The man of the weekend is yet another reminder of the busy days on the horizon, so time to call it a night.