Golden Globe party scene
EmptyDespite chilly weather, Los Angeles buzzed with Golden Globes parties this weekend. There were numerous events on Saturday: InStyle magazine toasted NBC's "Heroes" at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel; Universal celebrated its film "United 93" at nearby Lucques restaurant; L.A. Confidential magazine feted Sony Pictures Classics' "Volver" star Penelope Cruz at Whiskey Blue inside Westwood's W Hotel; New Line's Robert Shaye welcomed a select group to his hillside estate; and HBO celebrated at Chateau Marmont. Sunday saw the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles' annual Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, followed by Lionsgate and Showtime's party at the Sunset Tower. On Monday, of course, the Beverly Hilton was the place to be for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards afterparties. Late-nighters celebrated during CAA's bash at Sunset Tower and Reveille Prods.' gathering for ABC's "Ugly Betty" and NBC's "The Office" at Les Deux Hollywood.
After basking in the warmth of applause that greeted her at HBO's afterparty, double Globe winner Helen Mirren felt something cold: an icy drink pressed against her back. Turning from a bank of photographers, she found the culprit and instantly broke into a smile. "It is sweet, isn't it?" her "Elizabeth I" co-star (and co-winner) Jeremy Irons asked as they embraced. For Mirren, the response to her dual monarchs has been overwhelming: "I've been nominated a few times before, and I've won a few times, and nothing has been as amazing as tonight."
-- Chad Williams
E! Entertainment Television's party was among this year's coolest bashes -- literally. Co-sponsored by the Environment Media Assn. and Lexus, the tented party attracted talent with its cause but didn't keep them long, as guests sought out warmer ground at enclosed parties. "I believe strongly in what the (EMA) are doing here," said recording artist Pink, who toughed out the 40-degree temperatures until the end of KT Tunstall's set. "The fact that Los Angeles feels like Antarctica only punctuates the point."
-- Ada Guerin
With its eclectic mix of A-listers, it's no wonder that InStyle/Warner Bros.' perennially hot bash at the Oasis Court draws comparisons to Vanity Fair's Oscar soiree. Where else might one see Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg chatting with Sean "Diddy" Combs, or Cameron Diaz holding court with Leonardo DiCaprio as Justin Timberlake makes the rounds? Plenty of winners were on hand, including "Ugly Betty" creator Silvio Horta, who was still reeling from his show's best comedy series win. "It's surreal," he said. "I don't know what's happened in the past hour and a half, but it's good!"
-- Michael Burr
Many partygoers made their first stop the 20th Century Fox bash, where News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch powwowed with Brian Grazer, Chris Rock chatted up executives, and the studio's Jim Gianopulos greeted guests. The Stardust Room saw a cadre of burgeoning talent such as Fox Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who buzzed about the film's wild ride, which began at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Winner Sacha Baron Cohen made an appearance, while his "Borat" co-stars Ken Davitian and Luenell made the most of the passed appetizers and free-flowing bar.
-- Nicole Sperling
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu broke into a spontaneous workout during Paramount's party, held at the former Robinsons-May store adjacent to the hotel. Using his Globe statuette as a dumbbell, the "Babel" producer-director performed a series of bicep crunches. "Ah, this is what it's good for," he joked. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg chatted with Sacha Baron Cohen in a private corner, and Paramount's Brad Grey soaked up the accolades for the studio's double win for "Babel" and Paramount/Dreamworks' "Dreamgirls." "I just got an e-mail from my son, who's a freshman in college, and it said, 'Dude, good job,'" he said.
-- Tatiana Siegel
It was anything but all work and no play at the NBC Universal/Focus Features soiree on the hotel's rooftop. "The Office" staff posed for pictures with "Hollywoodland's" Ben Affleck, while the ultimatum boss, Donald Trump, looked on. Other bosses, real and fictional, made the rounds, as NBC's Jeff Zucker congratulated the network's nominees and winner Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" -- who just plays an executive on television -- received praise from co-star Tina Fey.
-- Michelle Grabicki
Despite the presence of heat lamps at the Weinstein Co. party, the chilly weather divided the bash into two camps. The "Grindhouse" gang (Robert Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan) and MGM/The Weinstein Co.'s "Bobby" crowd (Emilio Estevez, Sharon Stone, Christian Slater, Freddy Rodriguez) listened to tunes spun by DJ Pesce in the warm tent, while Bob and Harvey Weinstein played host to such honchos as News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, WMA's Jim Wiatt and producer Mike Medavoy at Trader Vic's.
-- Anne Thompson