There's no better place to party on the night of the Golden Globes than the Beverly Hilton.Forget Morton's, the Pacific Design Center and Hollywood and Highland. The only place that matters on the night of the Golden Globes is the Beverly Hilton, which morphs into party central with an array of A-list shindigs all held under one roof. In a town where today's blissful couplings are tomorrow's tabloid fodder, the Beverly Hilton's 32nd consecutive year as host of the ceremony and its many afterparties is a run worthy of an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. The hotel's recent $80 million renovation -- which includes state-of-the-art technology in the ballroom, the new retrochic restaurant Circa 55 and nine penthouse suites suited perfectly to stars and their entourages -- has only added further zip and spice to one of Hollywood's most enduring relationships.
Much of the credit goes to acclaimed executive chef Katsuo "Suki" Sugiura, who designs the event's global-style menu and oversees 40 chefs, a culinary staff of 110, 50 bartenders, 1,800 bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne and 250 servers working nonstop to deliver the right stuff at the awards ceremony. In attendance are members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., who cough up $600 per head, the numerous nominees whose attendance is subsidized by the studios and networks and the presenters who are admitted gratis. While the awards ceremony is a Herculean effort in itself, it's just the warm-up for Sugiura, who also tends to the long night of afterparties -- each a glamorous crowd-pleasing playground for Hollywood's elite crowd. "Suki is a chef, producer and traffic controller all in one," HBO senior vp special events Eileen Rivard says. "He's what makes the Globes work."
A new entry on Sunday's post-party slate is the "green" bash hosted by E! Entertainment and the Environmental Media Assn. and staged by party planner Jeffrey Best. It will be held in the tented parking lot of the recently shuttered Robinsons-May flagship store adjacent to the Beverly Hilton. The 900 invited guests will enjoy organic foods and wines, environmental-friendly decor and even pro-conservation energy supplies. Carbons that will invariably be emitted due to usage of cell phones, limos, etc., will be negated by a tree planted in honor of each guest, courtesy of Tree People. "It's a carbon-neutral party," E! executive vp marketing and promotions Suzanne Kolb says. "Nothing about our party will cause a shift in the environment."
In spite of its heavy star power and 17 nominations (including mentions for "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking"), the Fox party will strive to steer away from the mob-scene environment in favor of creating an elegant, intimate soiree in the rooftop Stardust Room, which it has occupied each Golden Globes night since 1997, when "Titanic" won four awards. The eighth-floor venue, with an outside terrace and a commanding view of Los Angeles, will boast clean lines, comfy sofas, multiple bar areas and lots of white flowers. A DJ will mix a blend of tunes for the evening.
Who's Invited: Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Toni Collette, Judi Dench, Hugh Laurie, Meryl Streep, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Kate Winslet, as well as members of the HFPA
The Menu: "We're forgoing long buffet lines in favor of passed hors d'oeuvres in hopes of creating a fluid evening," senior vp international publicity Hilary Clark says. "When you've got a room that holds 300 at any given time and a guest list like ours, flow is everything."
The exciting new look of Circa 55 restaurant has inspired designer Billy Butchkavitz's midcentury chic design for HBO's fete. A color palette of mandarin orange, kiwi green and golden mustard will repeat in everything from table linens and custom carpeting to waiters' uniforms and lounge-area seating. The pool perimeter is being transformed into a sculpture garden showcased against a high orange wall. Three lounge areas will be constructed within the pool and will be surrounded by floating gardens. The party will swing to a vibe provided by DJ Samantha Ronson. "Our goal is to stay sharp to the game, consistent with the things that work, yet make it better each year," Rivard says. "Everyone puts 120% effort and months of preparation into the production."
Who's Invited: All HBO nominees and celebrities in attendance, as well as members of the HFPA
The Menu: Cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres will be followed by a buffet of grilled scallops, crab cakes, lobster, wild-mushroom ravioli, roast tenderloin and grilled veggies.
InStyle magazine's eighth annual Globes bash has become the
party in much the same way that Vanity Fair's Oscar fete is that night's most-coveted ticket. "You can almost hear the thunder of footsteps coming down the hallway to our party the moment the ceremony ends," managing editor Charla Lawhon says. Tented, carpeted and draped to the gills, the Oasis Court will be transformed into a drop-dead setting inspired by the current world art scene. Various modern art mediums will play off a background of creams and golds, complete with turquoise and orange accents. Any revelers contemplating jumping into the pool (a la Angelina Jolie in 1999) will have to satisfy their urges with a wade through this year's fountain, built over the water. A viewing dinner will welcome 130 guests -- a mix of celebrities, industry executives and advertisers. Each will fill out a Globes ballot, and the two people (one male, one female) with the most correct picks will each receive a Piaget watch (valued at $9,500 and $13,900, respectively). Another 1,300 guests will join the festivities when InStyle teams with Warner Bros. for the afterparty. The 10-piece Cowling Band will rock the place and is ready for any musical guest who might take the stage (as Prince did three years ago). Guests will enjoy L'Oreal makeup touch-ups throughout the evening. The Godiva Gold Collection Lounge, meanwhile, will feature chocolate martinis and eye-catching chocolate sculptures. The glamorous bash caps off a week of InStyle festivities: a beauty-and-gift suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; a Diamond Fashion Luncheon for celebrities, stylists and fashion folk at the Beverly Hills Hotel; and Lawhon's intimate cocktail party for the cast of NBC's "Heroes."
Who's Invited: If last year's A-list turnout is any indication, expect all the big guns to show.
The Menu: Butternut squash bisque, Asian salad, sauteed veal medallions with wild-mushroom sauce, porcini ravioli, asparagus, baby carrots, roasted golden and rainbow beets. Dessert is a praline mousse with pears, caramel sauce and fresh berries
Event planner Mark Yumkas of Angel City Designs will transform the Hilton's rooftop parking garage into a deco-style lounge reminiscent of vintage Hollywood. Several thousand yards of charcoal satin fabric and Cartier red accents are planned to create a lush backdrop for vintage photographs of Hollywood icons wearing Cartier jewels. Three hundred guests will watch a closed-circuit feed of the ceremony. When it's over, a pair of his-and-her Cartier Roadster watches will go to the lucky person who has correctly chosen the most Globe winners. Another 500 guests are expected for the afterparty. The glam crowd will be shielded from the elements within a clear tent featuring four custom chandeliers made of imported Chinese silk fabric suspended from the ceiling.
Who's Invited: NBC/Universal swept the TV comedy actor category -- Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") -- so the male quotient should be high. The casts of "Heroes" and "Office" are expected, along with Ben Affleck (nominated for Focus Features' "Hollywoodland") and Jennifer Garner.
The Menu: Roast beef, leg of lamb, sushi, roast turkey on miniature croissants, plus a crowd-pleasing make-your-own-sundae bar for dessert
Those attending the Paramount viewing party and subsequent afterparty, also being held at the nearby Robinsons-May store adjacent to the Hilton, will find themselves in an atmosphere of sophisticated chic swathed in elegant grays, charcoals and whites. About 100 are expected for the viewing party; 400 more will join them for the later festivities.
Who's Invited: Paramount, Paramount Vantage and DreamWorks nominees, in addition to Gail Berman, David Geffen, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg, as well as members of the HFPA
The Menu: As of press time, the menu was still in the planning stages.
The Weinstein Co.
This is the second year Bob and Harvey Weinstein are hosting a Globes afterparty under the banner of their new company. The event takes place at the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic's restaurant and its tented parking lot adjacent to the Hilton, the same location where Miramax held its bash for many years. Jeffrey Best and Dina Wise have devised an ultrachic black-and-white decor that is an homage to the mod look of the 1960s when MGM/The Weinstein Co.'s "Bobby" took place. DJ Pesce will spin tunes from the era.
Who's Invited: The guest list is limited to approximately 500, including Renee Zellweger and the cast of "Bobby," in an effort to keep the event exclusive and intimate.
The Menu: As of press time, the menu was still in the planning stages.
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