Who has the most to celebrate at the Golden Globes is always debatable, but the assessment of Disney’s Rich Ross that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association "spread the love around" was fair. Even host Ricky Gervais spread more love this year (and earned pans from disappointed critics). While The Weinstein Co. -- with The Artist, The Iron Lady, My Week With Marilyn and W.E. -- picked up six of the 14 film awards, best director went to Hugo’s Martin Scorsese, The Help’s Octavia Spencer and Beginners’ Christopher Plummer nabbed supporting wins, and The Descendants won for best drama and lead George Clooney. After the show, about 5,000 guests hit the Beverly Hilton’s six affairs, to-ing and fro-ing everywhere from HBO’s poolside party and Fox’s tent to Sony’s eighth-floor Stardust Room bash. Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell, ecstatic about Modern Family’s comedy series win, danced at the InStyle/Warner Bros. soiree. Harrison Ford turned out to be one of Peter Dinklage’s biggest fans, locking down the Game of Thrones supporting actor winner for a chat. Harvey Weinstein, meanwhile, could afford to be expansive, praising drama series winner Homeland as "the best show on television" and downplaying talk that "this hasn’t been a great year for movies. You’ve got Steven Spielberg, Marty Scorsese, David Fincher all making films. It’s been an amazingly great year." -- THR Staff
RAMBLING REPORTER AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES
Revenge of the agents was a big element of this year’s Globes afterparty scene. The HFPA and the agencies long have had a contentious relationship. The organization gives each agency only a couple seats for the telecast; they always want more. "If your client wants you with them, have the client give you one of their tickets," is the party line. The HFPA can get away with it because it doesn’t need assistance getting stars to attend. This year, it seemed CAA -- which holds its annual press-free affair off-campus at West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel -- flexed its A-list afterparty muscle more than ever before. After some perfunctory dropping-in at studio fiestas, a good many CAA stars vacated the Beverly Hilton within an hour of the ceremony. "The CAA stars moved on," griped one party organizer. At the Sunset Tower, where limos were still lined up at 1:30 a.m., and some guests reveled till 6, Brad Pitt chatted with CAA’s Bryan Lourd while Angelina Jolie hovered near the In the Land of Blood and Honey cast. It’s said Michael Fassbender had a few drinks, hanging out with Leonardo DiCaprio and Sacha Baron Cohen. Charlize Theron had to keep reminding people of her laryngitis. Meryl Streep and Glenn Close fawned over Jane Fonda most of the evening, Gerard Butler checked out the ladies and Jason Statham was accompanied by girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who kept her dance moves going all night even when nobody else did. Harvey Weinstein was there as well, having left his normally star-studded party, which was very obviously devoid of big names after 9 p.m.
♦ "I really want to bump into Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep. Even just to ask, ‘Where is the bathroom?’ " New Girl creator Liz Meriwether told THR before the show.
♦ Uggie, the near-overexposed canine star of The Artist, might be more charming on the red carpet than George Clooney. The cast of Homeland went out of its way to "meet" him, and Puss in Boots producer Latifa Ouaou couldn’t concentrate on interviews. "I’m sorry -- I’m totally distracted by the dog!" she said. Uggie, true pro that he is, licked anyone who put their hand out to him and had a different expression for every photo, from begging to standing on his hind legs and more. Red-carpet regulars could learn a thing or two from this red-carpet animal.
♦ It sounded as though making the awards rounds was a necessary labor of little love for DiCaprio. Just after he arrived at the annual BAFTA Tea Party on Jan. 14 at the Four Seasons through a side door, we heard him say, "Aw shit, I gotta dive in." But he stayed and had fun, chatting animatedly with Streep and later was spotted bidding in the silent auction for hotel stays -- under a fake name.
♦ Drive nominee Albert Brooks was doing step-and-repeat interviews when he was distracted by Theron’s dramatic red-carpet entrance in blush Dior couture. "Too bad she can’t wear clothes very well," he commented.
♦ An enormous fracas ensued as The Guard nominee Brendan Gleeson entered the HBO party with his seemingly tipsy wife, Mary. Looking faint, she had to be held up while several large policemen hovered, wondering if she should be rushed to a hospital. After being plopped into a chair and given water (fetched by Albert Nobbs’ Janet McTeer), Mary was revived and joined the reverie. But those cops didn’t leave her side for at least a half-hour.
♦ Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard was a bit circumspect about the evening. "It was a great night, but I don’t think you’ll see the same people onstage at the Oscars," he said at the Sony afterparty.
♦ On the red carpet, MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said he had to be careful about naming his favorite movies this year: "I’m a voting member, but I loved The Descendants. Meryl Streep was incredible in The Iron Lady; Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs was phenomenal as well. The Guard, a fabulous little movie. And Higher Ground -- isn’t Vera Farmiga great in that thing?"