THR staffers share inside details from the biggest parties celebrating the best in TV and movies.
The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene with film and TV stars and execs as they hit red carpets leading up to, and following, Sunday night's 76th annual Golden Globes, including parties hosted by Netflix, Amazon Studios, NBCUniversal, HBO, InStyle and Warner Bros., Fox, WME, UTA, and CAA.
Use this ultimate party guide to see where the nominees will be clinking champagne flutes, and follow along as THR staffers take you behind the velvet ropes at this year's hottest events as they happen.
Below is a rundown of all the action.
PLAYERS: William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Jason Bateman, Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn, Chuck Lorre, Alfonso Cuaron, Willem Dafoe, Debra Messing, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Sophia Bush, Jeff Ross, Pete Davidson, Zoey Deutch, Malin Akerman, Alison Brie and Dave Franco, Lorne Michaels. Netflix boss Ted Sarandos also mingled among the A-listers.
PLACE: Tent in a construction area adjacent to the Beverly Hilton
SERVED: Bruschetta, jalapeno poppers, mini twice-baked potatoes, southern fried honey chicken, ahi tuna tartare, mini crab cake, margarita pizza, vegan beef sausage pizza, mini meatballs, shrimp and chicken tacos, veggie tostada, and vegan ice cream and Milk Bar desserts.
INSIDE DISH: The jungle-themed, off-property event was set apart from the rest in that it had less of a cattle-cart shuttle gate entry, with the entrance of the party featuring the company's name in lights among tropical plants. There were various other plants lining the walls and on the tables inside the afterparty, along with limited indoor lighting. Daisy O'Dell DJ'd the event, equipped with a dance floor and a MAC beauty bar for post-Globes touch-ups, next to a toiletries station with Advil, Altoid mints, Trident gum and deodorant.
Taylor Swift, who dropped her Reputation Tour special on Netflix just last week, was the star of the party, sitting in a VIP area next to Sarandos. At one point, Sarandos approached Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn to ask for a photo with the star. Swift obliged, but was quickly met with more and more photo requests from other attendees at the party. Security called for backup to her section to give her some privacy, but Swift and Alwyn left the event shortly after.
The girls from Glow tore up the dance floor, and at any given time there were always three or four of them dancing in front of the DJ stand. Though Alison Brie faced her own hot mic controversy — with reports claiming that This Is Us star Chrissy Metz called her a "bitch" on the red carpet — there was no sign of drama at the Netflix party, where she danced to Britney Spears and "Beat It" and spent time socializing on the couches with husband Dave Franco and friends, as Andie MacDowell, who stars in the streamer's The Last Laugh, and Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim boogied beside her.
Roma, Netflix's prized jewel this award season, had its own VIP corner at the party, as well as a special section for Alfonso Cuaron, who took home the award for best director. Cuaron spent the evening chatting with Sacha Baron Cohen, while Cohen's wife, Isla Fisher, mingled.
Later in the night, Pete Davidson, his Big Time Adolescence co-star Machine Gun Kelly, and Kate Beckinsale gathered on the dance floor as "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child played. Roma's Yalitza Aparicio spent some time in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by friends as the actress kicks off her first award season. In the back, Netflix exec Sarandos and Scott Stuber posed for a photo with their wives, Nicole Avant and Molly Sims.
Felicity Huffman stood in the middle of the room to record her children breaking it down on the dance floor, while her husband William H. Macy watched from their section.
Sophia Bush and Debra Messing entered the party complaining about their painful shoes, as staff handed them Netflix sandals for a more comfortable afterparty experience.
Netflix was hopping until about 1 a.m. The Roma ladies were having a blast — Aparicio danced with one of the producers and Marina de Tavira hung out in a quiet corner taking it all in. Lorne Michaels came by later in the evening as composer Justin Hurwitz, a Globe winner two years ago for La La Land, posed for pics with his new Globe for First Man — which makes him one of the few people who has won both the old model and the new model. — Kirsten Chuba with additional reporting by Alison Brower, Scott Feinberg and Rebecca Keegan
— Kirsten Chuba (@KirstenChuba) January 7, 2019
PARTY: Warner Bros. & InStyle
PLAYERS: Ava Duvernay, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Lana Condor, Lakeith Stanfield, Constance Wu, Mandy Moore, John C. Reilly, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Janelle Monae, Michael B. Jordan, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Kevin Tsujihara
PLACE: Beverly Hilton
SERVED: In-and-Out Sliders, Portobello mushroom sliders, tater-tots, mini tacos, dessert bar with cookies and brownies
INSIDE DISH: As soon as the show ended, a flood of stars could be seen making their way into the venue, starting with Succession’s Kiernan Culkin, Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o, Jim Carrey, Julianne Moore and Janelle Monae, who were all in the door by 8:30 p.m.
While there was an express entrance line for talent, a few names ended up being stuck in the "regular" line, including Storm Reid, Lana Condor and Rachel Bloom, who politely waited their turn.
Soon after, Globe winner Lady Gaga walked into the party, clutching her Golden Globe and thanking partygoers who hollered out congratulations.
About 15 minutes later, Moore was seen exiting the party, escorted by John C. Reilly, who returned to the party after walking Moore out. Inside, the space was packed with celebrities from wall to wall, from Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who were spotted walking hand in hand and chatting with BlacKkKlansman’s John David Washington, to Gina Rodriguez, Laverne Cox and Troye Sivan.
In one corner, Warner Bros.’ top brass, including Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich, gathered, with the Crazy Rich Asians table nearby. Some of the stars of the romantic comedy, like Harry Shum Jr., Jimmy O. Yang and Chris Pang, had watched the show from Warner Bros.’ viewing party, and were soon reunited with director Jon M. Chu and Constance Wu.
Outside Gemma Chan bummed a cigarette off of a fellow partygoer. Gaga exited the party by 9 p.m., with security having to clear a path for the star and her massive gown, but plenty of other stars continued to party late into the night thanks to tunes by celeb DJ Michelle Pesce.
As the Black Panther group was leaving the tent, they ran into directors Ava DuVernay and Peter Ramsey (who won for his animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and quickly snapped some photos together. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor was able to congratulate Ben Wishaw on his Golden Globes win for A Very English Scandal, while Taylor Swift spoke with the winner later in the night.
Kiki Layne was on the dance floor while DJ Pesce was playing a mix of early to mid-2000s hits. As Isla Fisher was exiting the party she spotted Rosamund Pike, yelling, “There’s Rosamund! We could have partied!” One of the most surprising sighting was Pete Davidson, who quickly walked through the party with Machine Gun Kelly. — Rebecca Ford and Mia Galuppo
PARTY: Amazon Studios
PLAYERS: Rachel Brosnahan, Timothee Chalamet, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Jennifer Salke, Jeff Bezos, Kevin Pollak, Marin Hinkle, Caroline Aaron, Sam Esmail, Emmy Rossum, Lena Waithe, Stephan James, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, HAIM, Derek Hough, Hugh Grant, Jon Chu, Ava DuVernay, Gemma Chan, Harry Shum Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Kathryn Newton, Heidi Klum, Kiki Layne, Sarunas J. Jackson, Nina Shaw, Trace Lysette, Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Chace Crawford, Jill Soloway, Constance Wu, Debra Messing, Sterling K. Brown, Fiona Xie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ben Whishaw.
PLACE: Beverly Hilton's penthouse Stardust Room
SERVED: A raw seafood and oyster bar with shrimp and crab legs, grilled shrimp, pizza, five cheese ravioli, lasagna bolognese, fruit and elaborate charcuterie and cheese plate. Pass-arounds included crab cakes, beef sliders, and mac and cheese. Bomboloni vanilla cream-filled doughnuts, Capri gelato (flavors included Sicilian pistachio, dark chocolate hazelnut, vanilla bourbon caramel, raspberry champagne, Amalfi Coast lemon basil)
INSIDE DISH: After the Globes, Beautiful Boy star Timothee Chalamet started the party at Amazon by getting down on the dance floor with young guests. He began laughing with a reclusive Alex Borstein as the DJ played Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” before speaking to co-star Kaitlyn Dever. It was a Lady Bird reunion when Kathryn Newton asked Chalamet for a photo and met his mother, Nicole Flender, his plus-one for the night, whom he boogied with throughout the party. The Blockers actress carried her flute of champagne in her hand with her Time’s Up ribbon, while guests moved to “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and “All the Stars” from Black Panther.
Bezos, the Amazon chief, was — natch — the most popular man at the party and barely took three steps into the door when he was mobbed by friends and fans. That’s what happens when you have the power to greenlight movies, TV shows and build a rocket ship all at once.
Mrs. Maisel herself — that is, back-to-back Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan — was swamped the entire night with well-wishers and stayed at the party until about 11 p.m. (taking selfies with fans as she slowly made her way out of the venue). When asked where she planned to put this year’s trophy, she told THR, “My Golden Globe from last year is on my toilet. I live in New York. Truly, it was the only available shelf and it’s cute in there. It livens up the place. I’ll probably put this one next to it.”
At the Amazon bash, the Maisel cast socialized among themselves: Brosnahan was deep in conversation with Amy Sherman-Palladino; Tony Shalhoub chatted up Caroline Aaron, then congratulated Brosnahan and later indulged in the crab legs at the iced buffet (where Bezos hugged and caught up with Judith Light).
Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan went for the pizza, snagging a slice before the Italian buffet was replaced by Capri gelato that had guests raving. At the bar, Chace Crawford chatted up Erin Moriarty and Karen Fukuhara over drinks.
She may not have gotten a trophy, but supermodel Heidi Klum did get the rock when her boyfriend, Tom Kaulitz, proposed to her over the holidays, and the newly engaged couple could not keep their hands off of each other as they waited for the elevator to take them to Amazon’s penthouse party.
Hugh Grant tried to skip the press line and wound up in the non-VIP guest line for the party. However, in true British fashion, the Very English Scandal star politely queued up and waited his turn to be let upstairs. Once inside though, he celebrated with his Scandal co-star Ben Whishaw, who took home the trophy for best supporting actor.
Mr. Maisel Michael Zegen, meanwhile, had a long conversation with the band HAIM — Alana Haim, Este Haim and Danielle Haim. Attorney Nina Shaw bobbed her head to Silk City and Dua Lipa’s hit “Electricity” before heading out with her client Ava DuVernay. Kiki Layne and Sarunas J. Jackson preferred Drake’s “In My Feelings,” dancing as they arrived together.
The Stardust penthouse was packed all night and, like a good wedding party, after a few drinks the heels came off, the dance floor was full and everyone was jamming out to '80s and '90s dance hits. Also available to partygoers was a black-and-white photo booth for keepsakes of the evening.
And the end of dinner wasn’t the end of the feast. As the pasta and pizza were carted away, a gelato station was opened. And just when guests were packed full to bursting, white-jacketed servers brought out trays full of fresh-baked bomboloni filled with Nutella keeping partygoers satisfied and dancing well into the evening. — Alex Cramer and Lindsay Weinberg
— Lindsay Weinberg (@WeinbergLindsay) January 7, 2019
PLAYERS: Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton fending off well-wishers while chatting with Queen's Brian May, The Favourite trio Rachel Weisz (with husband Daniel Craig), Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman (who showed up after her co-stars left, owing to post-win press), The Favourite's Joe Alwyn and girlfriend Taylor Swift, Darren Criss and his The Assassination of Gianni Versace castmates, Antonio Banderas, This Is Us' Chrissy Metz, ice dancing siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, and Fox execs Stacey Snider, Gary Newman, Dana Walden, and Charlie Collier.
PLACE: The Fox Terrace at the Beverly Hilton (a tented space on the parking lot rooftop)
SERVED: Beverly Hilton-catered sushi, pizza, salad, polenta cakes, and a coffee bar and dessert spread
INSIDE DISH: Old Fox may be in its final days as the Disney merger looms, but the mood at the company's annual Globes bash was lighthearted. With plenty of winners in attendance — Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite's Olivia Colman, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and The Americans all took home major trophies — there was joy in the air (and on the dance floor, where the ladies of Pose took center stage, dancing to beats by DJ Alex Merrell). Though the party was the place to be with stars (and winners) all around, all eyes were trying to get a glimpse of T-Swift, who was sitting with her boyfriend Alwin and the rest of Fox Searchlight's crew.
Versace's Darren Criss and the legendary Joan Collins (a new member of the Ryan Murphy stock company) caught up in the roped-off section; she eventually left and got on an elevator with Mike Myers, while someone asked her about a new Michael Caine documentary in which she appears. She says Michael's an old friend and she gave him a three-hour interview for it, even though she wasn't paid.
"We really look forward to this party every year," Newman told THR. "It's great to celebrate it with our film colleagues at Fox, and this year we had the great fortune to have a very successful year, both for TV and film, along with FX, cable, and the studio, so everyone is very happy. In years like this, the party kind of rocks."
While this might be the final major Fox corporate event, Newman told THR he didn't necessarily view it as a last hurrah.
"It's a last hurrah for Fox as Fox, but the business evolves and there will be plenty of celebrations in its new home at Disney. It will be different, and that's good. That's the way life is — always evolving," he sagely said before exiting the bash just as it began to die down around 10:30 p.m.
His co-chairman and CEO Walden stuck around just a few minutes longer as Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke stopped by to congratulate her on the night's big wins. — Jean Bentley with additional reporting by Scott Feinberg
Players: HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and programming president Casey Bloys welcomed HBO stars and friends including Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Candice Bergen, Patricia Arquette, Debra Messing, Laura Dern, Mahershala Ali, Constance Wu, Ava DuVernay, Thandie Newton, Christina Ricci, Billy Porter, Jon Voight, Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King and Anthony Hemingway.
Place: Circa 55 Restaurant, poolside at the Beverly Hilton
Spread: roasted brussels, roasted roots, rainbow BBQ rubbed cauliflower, gnocchi sardi, roasted salmon, lemon chicken breast tagliata and slow-cooked short rib, with an assortment of desserts that included Frangelico panna cotta, cinnamon stick cookies, baklava macaroons, sea salt rum ganache caramel pops and orange yogurt mousse ricotta trifle.
Inside Dish: “Everybody wants a picture with you!” director Jean-Marc Vallée gushed to a beaming Patricia Clarkson as she slowly weaved through the crowd at the '70s-inspired soirée, Golden Globe in hand. As HBO’s only victory of the night, out of nine nominations, Clarkson was certainly the belle of the ball.
At the beginning of the night, the Sharp Objects actress was surrounded mainly by her castmates, making the annual poolside bash feel like an intimate event for their show. Elizabeth Perkins was the first person to walk the green carpet with Vallee on her trail. Inside Amy Adams was already digging into the spread of roasted vegetables and assorted proteins with husband Darren Le Gallo and was soon joined by Perkins at their table.
Soon others started to trickle in. At the restaurant’s indoor bar, Emma Stone’s bodyguards made sure the Maniac actress was not bothered by strangers and instead got to spend quality time catching up with Succession’s Kieran Culkin. At another bar, Tiffany Haddish and a friend were dancing with their hands in the air to no music, as only the bass of what was playing could reach the room at the time. Haddish also took multiple photos with a group of guys, checking the screen several times to make sure they got it right — because photo approval is everything.
At a group of tables reserved for him, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler made sure he greeted all his A-list guests, spending extra time with the cast and director of Sharp Objects. While Clarkson chatted with Plepler and programming president Casey Bloys for a significant amount of time, a lucky assistant got to hold up Clarkson’s dress to make sure no one stepped on the striking Georges Chakra number.
As the rain began to drizzle outside where the DJ spun everything from Childish Gambino's "This Is America" to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" remix, the partly tented party packed in and the room soon filled with familiar HBO faces, like Big Little Lies’ Laura Dern, Westworld’s Thandie Newton, and True Detective’s newest castmembers Mahershala Ali and Carmen Ejogo. The crowd also included less predictable guests like Nancy Davis and her family, who held court with Rick and Cathy Hilton and Joan Collins. Pals Pete Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly, in a bright red tux, also made the rounds.
Colin Hanks with Zoe Lister-Jones and Angelique Cabral happened to walk by as Patricia Arquette was trying to wrestle her Golden Globe back from Debra Messing, who tried to steal it from her friend, eliciting laughs from the Life in Pieces crew. Though Messing was unsuccessful in her mission, the Globe continued to be passed around to strangers wanting to take a picture with it, while Arquette jokingly pretended to choke her boyfriend.
Around 11 p.m., the thus far calm fete found its second wind, with Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Jimmy O. Yang taking pictures of themselves on his cellphone. Wu spent the rest of the evening laughing and taking selfies with Westworld’s Leonardo Nam before closing out the party at midnight by leaving on the arm of her own personal bodyguard. — Carita Rizzo
Party: HFPA's Golden Globe Awards Celebration Viewing and Afterparty
Players: HFPA members and press, along with many of the night's big winners, including Mahershala Ali, Christian Bale, Glenn Close, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Bridges and Rachel Broshnahan.
Place: Wilshire Garden at the Beverly Hilton
Served: During the show, the party included a spread of lasagna, five cheese ravioli, roasted prime rib and Chinese chicken salad. When the night turned into an afterparty, the menu included pulled pork sliders, teriyaki burgers, waffle fries and a variety of mini pizzas, including meat-lovers, goat cheese and tomato, and BBQ chicken.
Inside Dish: The tented space allowed guests to watch the show indoors or outdoors from any one of more than a dozen TVs. The second annual party got off to a rocky start when the live stream of the show began without sound, causing attendees to miss Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg’s opening monologue. But the audience, made up mostly of guests of the HFPA and other sponsors seemed to recover from the initial blip, actively cheering when winners were announced throughout the night.
The party was crowded compared to its inaugural year, causing many attendees to stand when seating ran short. At one point, a shell-shocked bartender, upon returning to the party from another room, whispered, “I just saw Lady Gaga.” The party was light on celebrities — Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani, aka "The Shib Sibs," were spotted roaming the party, along with Yvette Nicole Brown and Missi Pyle (who had both helped host the red carpet show) — but attendees entertained themselves with plenty of booze and food. Drinks were flowing inside, with most attendees at the viewing party lounging on large couches.
Sponsors Fiji water, Lindt chocolates and Moet champagne kept the party stocked with their products on every table, and mini champagne bottles were passed around throughout the night.
At the far end of the room was the engraving station, where winners could drop by with their new hardware. Richard Madden, who took home the award for best actor in a TV drama for Bodyguard, was the first to arrive at the engraving station, where the actor pulled out his phone to record the occasion and ran into Versace’s Darren Criss as the two newly minted winners lugged their trophies into the room and shared a quick hug.
Criss continued to watch the show on the screens as Rami Malek took home best actor in a drama. He loudly cheered on Malek's win, giving him a lengthy round of applause, and did the same when Bohemian Rhapsody won best drama.
Beau Bridges attempted to make his way to the engraving station to join brother Jeff Bridges, the night's Cecil B. DeMille honoree, but was stopped by security.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took a lap around the party before heading to his company's festivities across the hall.
Best actor in a musical or comedy winner Christian Bale and best actress in a drama winner Glenn Close had a long chat while waiting for their awards to be engraved before the Vice star left hand-in-hand with his wife, Sibi Blazic.
Mahershala Ali and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, who was a large part of his acceptance speech for the best supporting actor award, took photos and video of his statue being engraved.
The winning crew behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took jokey photos with their awards, pretending they were weights at the gym. — Kirsten Chuba
— Kirsten Chuba (@KirstenChuba) January 7, 2019
PARTY: Roma reception
PLAYERS: Host Angelina Jolie; Alfonso Cuaron and his Roma stars including Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira; plus guests such as Stephen Dorff, Frances Fisher and Scott Cooper
PLACE: San Vicente Bungalows
INSIDE DISH: At the new San Vicente Bungalows, run by Dimitri Dimitrov, former maitre’d at Sunset Tower Hotel's Tower Bar, first-time visitors were, by club rules (not Netflix’s), required to sign on the club’s policies (no photos, no approaching strangers, etc).
Within the event itself, though, Academy members saw the film in a 40-seat screening and then joined Cuaron, Aparicio and de Tavira.
Jolie was chatting with guests during the event, including Stephen Dorff, Frances Fisher and Scott Cooper. She told THR, “I love foreign language films” — she directed one last year, First They Killed My Father, and then saw Roma a few weeks ago and decided to lend it her support.
PLAYERS: Showtime Chairman and CEO David Nevins raised his glass in toast in the dimly lit lounge of the Sunset Tower as a torrent of rain pelted the tented patio (and even threatened to start pouring through at one point) and was joined by the pay cabler’s A-list assortment of Globe nominees, including Escape From Dannemora executive producer and director Ben Stiller and star Patricia Arquette, Kidding producer and star Jim Carrey (who provided some light heckling during his acknowledgement) and Who Is America? creator and star Sacha Baron Cohen. Also circulating: Cohen’s wife Isla Fisher and an assortment of Showtime talent both current and pending, including Judy Greer, Bonnie Hunt, SMILF creator-star Frankie Shaw, Casey Wilson and husband David Caspe (Black Monday), and Aldis Hodge and Jonathan Tucker (City on a Hill). In absentia: the network’s additional Globe-nominated luminary, Patrick Melrose star and producer Benedict Cumberbatch, whom Nevins noted was still holed up at home with wife Sophie Hunter, awaiting the imminent arrival of their third child.
PLACE: Sunset Tower Hotel
SERVED: A small buffet featuring an assortment of the usual small plates and finger foods, as well as the ubiquitous open bar — but on a chill January night, nothing was received quite as warmly as the luxe hot fudge sundaes passed around toward the end of the bash.
INSIDE DISH: With kudos being according to the artistic accomplishments of Stiller, Carrey and Cohen, the evening partially became a de facto celebration of famous funnymen exploring their deeper sides.
“Jim Carrey didn’t know he was going to star as Jeff Pickles a year ago,” Nevins said. Carrey then shouted from the crowd, “Then a couple of thugs showed up!”
Carrey, who attended with his co-star and girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga, admitted that the journey of his innately decent but teetering on the edge Kidding character Mr. Pickles dovetails neatly with his own personal journey, trying to add light and positivity to both his own life and the world at large. “To me, this whole thing is about how do beautiful people, how does someone with a light inside them that is a light for the world, hang on to that light in the midst of what seems like an unbearable loss,” he told THR, saying that Pickles’ struggles on the show mirrors both his own and everyone’s in current, often despairing times. “People are equally challenged by it, and also, it's something they need. It's something they need to go through with us. We're all mourning something here, and the loss of something that might not be an individual loss, but a human loss of our dignity and our integrity. … I don't have the whole answer yet, because [executive producer] Dave Holstein is holding out on me, and if it's good they’ll watch it. We'll find it together.”
Stiller said he was well aware that he, Carrey and Cohen have broken out of their predominantly comedic boxes this year, as has he and Carrey’s cinematic cohort Peter Farrelly with his film Green Book. But he said that for himself, he wasn’t planning his “serious” work back when they were topping the box office with raunchy comedies.
“I personally wasn't thinking that far ahead — I probably should've,” Stiller chuckled. “We were all just sorta in it doing our thing. I always knew that I loved movies and dramas. Since I was 10 years old, I wanted to be a director, so in my mind, I saw myself doing something like this, but it wasn't like back then I was going like, ‘Someday it's going to evolve to something!’”
“These guys are all just super talented people who have that same passion for the work,” he added. “You don't really discern or delineate when you're doing it that way. You just kinda do your thing, and I think it's a natural evolution, because the work is gonna change as you change as a person.”
He said Dannemora was a unique challenge for him as a filmmaker for both its length and the time commitment it involved. “It's impossible not to be changed after two years, just because of two years of life. The experience itself, I felt continually challenged by it, but in a really positive way, because I never didn't appreciate the fact that it was such an interesting story and that it was keeping us all engaged and wanting to stay with it as much as possible all the way through to the end.”
“For me, it's the first time having the experience of something rolling out over a period of time except for my first show, The Ben Stiller Show, which I think went maybe a couple weeks longer than this and that was it,” he laughed off his short-lived early ‘90s sketch comedy series. “We were up against 60 Minutes man!”
Arquette had known and worked with Stiller since the earliest days of their careers, but she was energized to explore new creative territories together. “Working with him as an actor was one experience and was really fun,” she said, “But it was really incredible to work with Ben also as a director because I got to say, all of the ideas all the actors had, sometimes the director will go, ‘Yeah, that's kind of interesting. OK, let’s try that.’ Ben would really ask you more and more questions about it and really let you explore it to its fullest, and he would let himself be surprised and discover things. He always knew what he wanted, but he also was really open to being surprised. And I think a lot of people don't feel like that's what they're supposed to do as a director. [But] little magical things happen. All these people have been in the game a long time; they're really coming with their A-game, and it's really fun to work that way.”
After winning an Oscar and other trophies for her performance in Boyhood, Arquette went through a period where she wasn’t quite sure what those accolades meant to her big-picture life and career. “I, like [her Dannemora character] Tilly, live somewhat in that state of self-deception,” she admitted. “I really haven't been thinking about it ‘til today, and then I woke up very uncomfortable and nervous. I felt like a rabbit that had been chased like five football fields and was cornered, and I don't even know why. So I don't what they mean. I know it's a beautiful honor — and all these incredible actors that are in my category, I love all their work, so I don't even know how I'm here, honestly! But I appreciate it. Very few people get this experience and I'm grateful for it.”
Despite the newfound depth, the evening ended on a slightly sillier note for Cohen and Fisher as they attempted to slip away from the party as dryly, literally, as possible. At the damp, packed valet line, the ever-puckish Cohen playfully floated the idea of commandeering another party’s taxi cab patiently idling nearby, but ultimately demurred to linger in the lobby and await his own car — a move that allowed his wife Fisher to enjoy a chance encounter with her fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who were exiting another bash at the hotel. — Scott Huver with additional reporting by Scott Feinberg
Showtime’s David Nevins toasts his network’s Golden Globe nominees, the HFPA and the press, as a newly clean-cut Jim Carrey looks on (he now looks exactly the same as he did 20 years ago!) pic.twitter.com/pk8ncT0JEK
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) January 6, 2019
PARTY: Gold Meets Golden
PLAYERS: A mix of Hollywood A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Ryan Murphy, Edgar Ramirez and Patricia Clarkson, came together with Olympic athletes for the celebration, with swimmer Missy Franklin, figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Adam Rippon, and gymnast Nastia Liukin. Other stars at the brunch party — which benefited Angel Sports, an organization that supports young disabled athletes in their journey to becoming Paralympians — were Golden Globe nominees Billy Porter (Pose) and Mark Ronson (for co-writing A Star Is Born's "Shallow"), along with Joe Alwyn, Edgar Ramirez, Matt Bomer, Chrissy Metz, Danielle Macdonald and Topher Grace.
PLACE: The House on Sunset
SERVED: Bite-size grilled cheese sandwiches with prosciutto, crab wontons, chicken and biscuits, quinoa cups and caviar, all served within sight of a J sparkling wine tower. The dessert table embraced the golden theme, with gold-dipped popcorn, cookies and candies and an ice cream bar with golden toppings. Guests sipped specialty cocktails by ever-hot spirits brand Casamigos.
INSIDE DISH: Nicole Kidman, who served as host for the event, arrived on the gold carpet and wished reporters a happy new year. As she went to go inside, a man standing outside in a black beanie and glasses pulled both off and said, "Bet you didn't recognize me!" The man was, it turned out, an incognito Ryan Murphy, and the two quickly embraced.
Octavia Spencer arrived wearing an Auburn Tigers T-shirt, and as an alum of the college, she told reporters its college football team was her favorite thing in all of sports.
Danielle Macdonald, star of Netflix's Dumplin' and Bird Box, told THR that she hopes to see BlacKkKlansman take home best drama at the Golden Globes: "That movie just had me shaken up; I love that movie," she said.
Billy Porter performed a rendition of A Star Is Born's hit "Shallow" at the event, while Mark Ronson, who co-wrote the song with Lady Gaga, looked on. "I loved A Star Is Born and in particular I loved this song because it's so special in terms of what it says about love and what it says about true love and what it says about the kind of love that is unexplainable. I love it," Porter told THR ahead of his performance.
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin was the most popular athlete in attendance, taking photos with Amy Adams, Edgar Ramirez and Jessica Chastain. Topher Grace even tried on one of Franklin's gold medals after a photo with the swimmer.
Adams met and took photos with many of the young disabled children in attendance. She, Chastain, Ramirez, Grace and The Alienist's Daniel Bruhl spent much of the party together, staked out by the dessert table.
Adam Rippon was another hot-ticket athlete, chatting with a number of Olympic gymnasts as well as with Porter and Grace in the outdoor portion of the venue.
Joe Alwyn sipped on champagne while "Delicate," his girlfriend Taylor Swift's song which is rumored to be about him, played.
A Coca-Cola room featured designs and merchandise for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with golden Coke bottles on display. Another room housed a golden pingpong table popular with the kids in attendance, and a third room included a Discovery Channel photo simulation. Guests also took part in an oxygen bar and enjoyed a Sprinkles Cupcakes display.
Grace met Michelle Kwan for the first time and joked with her about his future as an Olympic figure skater, saying he was "looking to break in to" the sport.
As they left, Adams, Chastain and Ramirez took photos and signed autographs with fans who were waiting outside the venue before jumping into their waiting vehicles on Sunset Boulevard. —Kirsten Chuba
PARTY: BAFTA Tea Party
PLAYERS: Emma Stone, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfonso Cuaron, Amy Adams, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Barry Jenkins, Regina King, Claire Foy, Rachel Brosnahan, Danai Gurira, Ted Sarandos, Timothee Chalamet, Patricia Clarkson, Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kathryn Hahn, Kiki Layne, Colman Domingo, Ben Kingsley, Rosamund Pike, Spike Lee, Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen, Glenn Close, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Elsie Fisher, Bo Burnham, Thandie Newton, Rob Marshall, Nicholas Hoult, Keegan-Michael Key, Sydney Sweeney, Laura Harrier, Lana Condor, Danielle Macdonald, Lily Collins, Troye Sivan, Justin Hartley, Viggo Mortensen, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Patricia Arquette, Willem Dafoe, Adam Driver, John David Washington, Michael Beach, Linda Cardellini, Billy Zane, Peter Fonda, Steven Canals, Sandy Powell, Thomasin McKenzie
PLACE: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
SERVED: Scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves, meringue with cream and berries, lemon meringue tarts, chocolate eclairs, egg and cress sandwiches, Welsh rarebit, cucumber sandwiches, salmon bites, gin and tonic, sparkling rosé, tea selection of chamomile, Tetley and PG Tips.
INSIDE DISH: A-listers hugged and caught up ahead of the Golden Globes bash on Sunday with a proper British tea party. Nominees Amy Adams and Emily Blunt called out for each other in the hotel foyer and caught up for a while with many onlookers while Krasinski greeted Keegan-Michael Key before Regina King came up behind Adams and gave her fellow supporting actress nominee a hug.
Later, King grabbed a flute of sparkling rosé for herself and Kathryn Hahn at the bar (“Do you want one?”), while power couple Blunt and Krasinski made their way into the main ballroom as attendees, including Blanca Blanco, swarmed the Quiet Place couple.
Inside, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos squeezed past Rachel Brosnahan, who was chatting with Barry Jenkins, who confessed he hadn’t seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “Who has the time?” Brosnahan joked. Rachel Weisz blew Jenkins kisses on her way out, and Brosnahan moved on to chatting with Private Life actors Hahn and Kayli Carter. At a nearby table, Diane Warren knocked over a glass of rosé, spilling it on a woman who told her, “It’s OK. I love your music!”
Nominee Viggo Mortensen chatted with Sacha Baron Cohen, while La La Land and Moonlight composers Justin Hurwitz and Nick Britell were back in the same room, this time for First Man and If Beale Street Could Talk.
Richard E Grant, as always, was the life of the party, chatting with all comers; Bo Burnham and Joanna Kulig, at the crowded event for the first time, were a bit more timid.
Green Book directing nominee Peter Farrelly confessed of the succession of parties: “I’m nervous about pacing myself. I don’t want to be wiped out tomorrow night!” He’ll be attending with his wife and kids, 18 and 19, who have never been. Farrelly last attended the Globes in 1999 for There's Something About Mary. “So to be there again with my wife and my kids, it’s gonna to be real special. I keep my kids protected from my business, but tomorrow night is an exception," Farrelly told THR.
Meanwhile, First Man actress Claire Foy found good company with her sister Gemma Foy. Joe Alwyn, Timothee Chalamet and guests stood around a small cocktail table next to Sarandos and Isla Fisher, who later spoke with Alfonso Cuaron.
Roma actress Marina de Tavira told THR of Alfonso’s recognition by the HFPA, “Truly, he deserves it. He did an exquisite job. He changed the rules of the game.” Yalitza Aparicio, who made the rounds with her translator, added that seeing Roma win “would be something beautiful because it’s a Mexican history that’s being told.”
Alwyn of The Favourite agreed: “I do love Roma. I thought there were some amazing films this year but Roma for me was one of the standouts,” he told THR. It will be his first time attending the Globes, saying, “I really have no preconceptions because I’ve never been there before. I’ve just been thrown in.”
Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker told THR that his favorite movie of the year, other than his own company’s, is Black Panther, while the film's stars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o — who met African American Film Critics Association president Gil Robertson upon arrival — were linked up, weaving through the party arm-in-arm. On their way out, Blunt stopped them with a “Hi guys!” and a hug, before introducing them to Rob Marshall. Blunt, who took center stage at the tea party, met well-wishers including Troye Sivan as Gurira and Nyong’o, and moved into the foyer to chat up Glenn Close, then Weisz and finally Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan before leaving the party.
Near the rainy red carpet, Patricia Clarkson greeted Ben Kingsley and, on the way out, Chalamet shook Sarandos’ hand goodbye — until tomorrow's main event. — Lindsay Weinberg with additional reporting by Scott Feinberg
— Lindsay Weinberg (@WeinbergLindsay) January 5, 2019
Party: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch
Players: Hosted by Lena Waithe and Brian Tyree Henry, Film Independent chief Josh Welsh mixed and mingled with Glenn Close, John Cho, Regina King, Richard E. Grant, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Bo Burnham, Elsie Fisher, Raul Castillo, Andrea Riseborough, Bing Liu, Kimberly Peirce, Boots Riley, Tamara Jenkins, Kayli Carter, Morgan Neville, Jeremiah Zagar, Sandi Tan, Josh Hamilton, Tyne Daly, Alexandria Bombach and Ramell Ross.
Place: Boa Steakhouse on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood
Served: A brunch spread featuring coffee, tea, eggs, bacon, salad and desserts … and yes, mimosas!
Inside Dish: Film Independent — the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards — uses the nominees brunch to not only pat the backs of its 2019 crop of awards hopefuls but to hand out chunks of cash to indie auteurs. Waithe and Henry had the honors of doling out unrestricted monetary prizes to Debra Granik (the second Bonnie Award sponsored by American Airlines), Shrihari Sathe (the Producers Award), Alex Moratto (the Someone to Watch Award), and Bing Liu (the Truer Than Fiction Award).
Before the awards presentation, Minding the Gap director Liu told THR that he had reason to celebrate even if he didn’t win: Saturday was his 30th birthday. “It’s a great way to end my 20s,” said the Illinois native whose documentary has received armloads of critical praise, awards and nominations. “It’s going to take me years to process what [the success] has meant. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s unlike any other year that I’ve had in my life.” The birthday, too, which he said he planned on celebrating with a trip to a Glendale roller skating rink with his peer Alexandria Baumbach, who directed On Her Shoulders.
Speaking of documentaries, Won’t You Be My Neighbor helmer Neville told THR that he got a special phone call to close out 2018 — from Fred Rogers' widow, Joanne Rogers. “She called me on New Year’s to wish me a wonderful year,” he revealed. “She is as genuine as Fred was, and full of love. The gift we got as filmmakers is that we were able to concentrate on the positivity that Fred brought to the world.”
Film Independent’s Welsh was also brimming with positivity. “Today is truly one of my favorite days of the year. I love the Spirit Awards, too, but today is very relaxed and kind of a feels like a family get-together.”
The documentary family was out in full force, and Shirkers helmer Sandi Tan, who has been making the rounds and picking up awards and nominations along the way, told THR that she received some very key advice from a seasoned awards publicist on how to navigate awards season. “She said two things: enjoy it because it doesn’t happen very often. And, whatever happens, make sure you get the airline miles. Even if you get nothing at the end, you get to keep the miles.”
Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley logged plenty of miles promoting his film and has snagged some new director deals but he’s not quite ready to reveal all the details. “I am creating a television show and I’m also doing an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s 10 After Midnight for Netflix. You know, just me and Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo. No big deal. I gotta come hard.”
Also a big deal? Eighth Grade duo Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham, whose film received multiple nominations. Fisher is enjoying the ride this awards season, which just included a chance meeting with Emily Blunt. “I almost started crying on the spot because she’s incredible. Also, coincidentally, not really, but John Krasinski was right there too and I’m a longtime Office fan and I loved A Quiet Place so that was very cool for me. I’ve met so many people I’m still having whiplash.”
There’s been a lot of whiplash for those who have been keeping close tabs on who will host this year’s Oscars. When asked who should host, Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch co-host Brian Tyree Henry had a quick answer. “I don’t know. Let’s see how me and Lena do today. She’s so remarkable and such a great friend. Let’s see how we do.” For the record, they were great.
PARTY: W Magazine's Best Performances party in partnership with Audi and Giorgio Armani Beauty with support from Perrier-Jouët Champagne
PLAYERS: W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg were joined at the fete by nominees Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Alfonso Cuaron, Sam Rockwell, Elsie Fisher, Henry Winkler, Linda Perry, Patricia Clarkson, Troye Sivan, Barry Jenkins, Billy Porter, Caitriona Balfe, Edgar Ramirez, and Connie Britton along with guests Amandla Stenberg, Steven Yeun, Lakeith Stanfield, Thomasin McKenzie, Joanna Kulig, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Andrea Riseborough, Alice Eve, Bel Powley, Christina Ricci, Cody Fern, Elizabeth Reaser, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jaime King, Jimmi Simpson, Jon Voight, Justice Smith, Kate Beckinsale, Kathryn Newton, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Harrier, Lili Reinhart, Michelle Yeoh, Michael Zegen, Pom Klementieff, Rachel Bloom, Sarah Hyland, Sarah Silverman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stephanie Sigman, Tracee Ellis Ross and Yorgos Lanthimos.
PLACE: Chateau Marmont penthouse
SERVED: Attendees were toasting with flutes aplenty of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne along with specialty cocktails like the Armani Beauty Maestro Martini (vodka, lime juice, Triple Sec and cranberry juice), WhistlePig Rye Manhattan (WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, Angostura bitters and vermouth), and Dragones on the Rocks (Casa Dragones Blanco garnished with grapefruit).
INSIDE DISH: The penthouse was transformed into what Tonchi calls a "retro-future" themed style to complement the magazine's portfolio. "Every year we get inspired by the pictures, and this year we worked with Tim Walker and his idea was very cinematic," he tells THR. "It's past and future tonight." The same could be applied to the guest list which included veteran performers and Golden Globe winners like Nicole Kidman who mixed with newly minted nominees like Eighth Grade teen Elsie Fisher.
And there's more: On the outdoor patio, superstar songwriter Linda Perry was chatting with THR when Barry nominee Henry Winkler passed by and complimented her on her signature hat. "You look great," Winkler told Perry, who explained that she has a hat maker who will design new styles for her based on old hats she finds while adding their own signature touch, like a cool stitch here or there. Seconds later, they discovered they have more in common than a love for wide brims.
"I wrote a song with Dolly Parton for a movie called Dumplin' and it got nominated for a Golden Globe," Perry explained. "Dolly?" Winkler said, "I directed her very first television movie, Smoky Mountain Christmas. But I cannot do what you can do." Perry's reply? "I cannot do what you can do, sir." Very few can do what either of them can, which is proven by the latter's enviable awards season run heading into 2019 with a Golden Globe nomination, Critics' Choice Award nomination and Grammy Award nomination for producer of the year. Meanwhile, Winkler is up for his latest Golden Globe nomination after first winning a trophy in 1977.
"I’ve been working so hard and you don’t see the light at the end the tunnel and then the nomination came in and it was like, holy shit," she said. "And then the other nominations came in and I’m like, fuck yeah!"
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom also relied on the same word to describe the feeling of what it's like to win a new golden accessory from the Hollywood Foreign Press. "It’s fucking crazy that I won a Golden Globe," she said. "The whole thing was such a whirlwind. Now I’m nominated for Critics' Choice and I’m trying to appreciate it as much as I can because I know it’s going to be a high point of my life. I don’t know when I’m going to get to go to these things again. Who knows?"
That's reason enough to celebrate past and future winners, but Tonchi says it's important to raise a toast in the right direction. "We try to be true to our mission and recognize great talent. It's not about the dress or designer or the fame, it's really about the performances." And a really great party.
#GoldenGlobes weekend is underway ... at @wmag’s always packed Chateau Marmont penthouse party to celebrate “Best Performances” issue. Nicole Kidman one of first to arrive. Saw Troye Sivan, Kiki Layne, Tracee Ellis Ross. pic.twitter.com/lAcuXLfFcD
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 5, 2019
Cool thing that happened to me: Was invu’ing @RealLindaPerry when @hwinkler4real walked by. We stopped him, they met for 1st time. She’s nominated for writing song w/ @DollyParton who he directed in first TV movie directing gig, “Smoky Mountain Christmas” in 1986. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/YRUp7wPDKa
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 5, 2019
PARTY: Golden Globe Ambassador Luncheon
PLAYERS: 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba; influencer and Kylie Cosmetics collaborator Jordyn Woods; HFPA president Meher Tatna
PLACE: Beverly Hilton
SERVED: Martini glass salad station with kale and quinoa salad; a French fry bar with sweet potato fries, parmesan fries and tater-tots topped with choice of blue cheese, green onion or bacon; pepperoni and cheese pizza; a dessert buffet featuring macarons, red velvet cupcakes, cake pops, golden chocolate truffles and white cupcakes with raspberry filling.
INSIDE DISH: Guests — mainly a young Hollywood crowd — mingled over flutes of Moet champagne at the hotel penthouse, snapping photos in front of an orange rose flower wall and choosing golden earrings from Gemmed as parting gifts.
The conversation turned toward mental health when HFPA president Meher Tatna introduced a panel discussion about the topic and announced that the HFPA will donate $50,000 to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, chosen by 2019 Golden Globe ambassador Isan Elba, to change the perception of mental illness in the African-American community.
As Elba arrived to the luncheon following the Globes red carpet rollout, she said her mom “suffers from mental illness." She added to THR, "I thought it was a great way to use my platform about something that's personal to me, something that I can connect with. … It is something that needs to be talked about because in the African-American community and amongst teenagers, both of those are the most taboo areas." Elba also advocated for therapy and journaling as coping tools, and explained how she relied on her mom when she was bullied in middle school for her appearance.
“She would just be like 'Talk to me. Please talk to me.' If it wasn't for my mom encouraging me to open up about my feelings, talk about what happened that day, even if it was hard for me to get out because I was crying so much, she just made me take my time and decompress,” she told the crowd at the event’s panel. “If I didn't go through that, it wouldn't make me who I am today.”
The panel, moderated by HFPA’s Margaret Gardiner, also included Instagram influencer Jordyn Woods, comedian Alicia Lutes and entrepreneurs Lauren Wallack and Elyse Colen. Woods added that going to the gym is her therapy. “I’ve had this thing they like to call glow-up,” Woods said. “But I also struggled with a lot of different mental health issues because my dad passed away.” She dedicated herself to the gym as a way to “disconnect” and put her time into “something positive. … I didn’t know how to cope with it at the time and I found that that helped me the most.” — Lindsay Weinberg