The Party: Audi’s annual Champagne-soaked pre-Golden Globes bash.
The Place: Cecconi’s West Hollywood.
The Players: A venerable pu pu platter of young Hollywood (Chord Overstreet, Derek Hough, Ashley Madekwe), heavier hitting talent (Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Michelle Dockery), nominees (Monica Potter) and a line of people sequestered outside the velvet ropes who swore they were on the list.
The Scene: Endless trays of the Italian eatery's signature fare, including white pizza, chicken parm sliders, buratta eggplant crispies and particularly good beef tartar with shaved truffles on top, circulated through the packed house -- which, in standard L.A. party fashion, got shut down at one point by the fire marshal. Some guests waited in line for a photo booth in the back while others, including Dancing With the Stars' Karina Smirnoff, cut a rug to Azealia Banks tracks on a makeshift dance floor in front of the DJ table. Downton Abbey's Dockery sported a stunning plaid Altuzarra dress, while Mad Men’s Moss turned heads in an equally eye-catching paneled black jumpsuit. Naomi Watts sequestered herself in a corner with hubbie Liev Schreiber and Christoph Waltz. And we caught up with The Mindy Project’s charming Ed Weeks, who hinted that he'll be decked in Burberry come Sunday. The Brit, who plays a doctor on the hit FOX show jokingly passed along a not-so-medical red-carpet prep tip he received from a friend: "If you drink a lot, you get dehydrated and you look thinner," he said with a laugh. "But I'm not going to do that; I'm healthy."
The Sound Bite: "I gotta get the hell out of here." -- Bill Maher, running away from a mob of paparazzi, fans, foes and one especially tenacious reporter who was curious as to his Sunday plans.