THR staffers share inside details from the biggest parties celebrating the best in TV and movies.
The Hollywood Reporter was on the scene with top film and TV talent and execs at the 77th annual Golden Globes. For an inside look, step behind the velvet ropes with details from the hottest parties leading up to the big night and the star-studded soirees following the show hosted by Netflix, Amazon Studios, NBCUniversal, Warner Media/HBO, the HFPA, Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney Company, among others. Below is a rundown of all the action.
PLACE: Tented space off of Merv Griffin Way
PLAYERS: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, Laura Dern, Jennifer Aniston, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Colman, Ava DuVernay, Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close, Sandra Bullock, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Pryce, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, Rami Malek, Cynthia Erivo, Tiffany Haddish, Larry David, Andy Garcia, Billy Porter, Ana de Armas, Chuck Lorre, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Roman Griffin Davis, Billy Eichner, Aziz Ansari, Keegan-Michael Key and Netflix's Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland and Scott Stuber.
SERVED: Guests enjoyed speciality Casamigos cocktails and Globes-themed drinks plus tray-passed bites catered from Craig's, including sliders of the hot spot's famous fried chicken (in sandwich form and on top of pancakes), super-sized charcuterie spread and vegan cookie pizza and ice cream sundae bar; late-night burgers and fries by Shake Shack; dim sum station by Crustacean; and treats by Milk Bar.
INSIDE DISH: Unlike the rest of the studio parties, Netflix had its own dedicated shuttle for partygoers, which even stars were keen to utilize, including The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg and Jon Voight, who were both spotted on one of the first shuttles heading to the afterparty.
Other early arrivals included Martin Scorsese, whose table at the party was the hub of activity, with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio joining him early in the night. Also spotted early at the party was Academy president David Rubin, who was sure to be taking notes from the Globes for his Feb. 13 Oscar kudocast. The Crown’s Olivia Colman arrived with her Globe in hand, but skipped out on doing photos before tucking into a booth in a corner of the lively venue.
Although the streamer only took home two wins (for Marriage Story's Laura Dern and Colman) out of a Golden Globes-high of 34 nominations, the results did not dampen the spirit or turnout at Netflix's party. Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson (with fiancé Colin Jost) also brought the star power and snacked on treats following the ceremony.
And although the show’s food was all vegan, some partygoers seemed to be craving meat. A waiter carrying a tray of mini corn dogs was asked by an excited partygoer, “These aren’t vegan, are they?!” Much to her relief, they were not.
The party — in a tented structure steps away from the Beverly Hilton — featured plenty of greenery, dim lighting and a DJ spinning a heavy rotation of Beyoncé and Rihanna tunes in a multilevel structure where guests could overlook the dance floor. Nominees Dern, Colman, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Platt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Adam Driver and Toni Collette were set up with private sections, though most chose to mingle rather than stay seated in their individual areas.
At the bottom of the steps down to the event, Billy Porter and Tiffany Haddish — who later got on the mic — chatted with their entourages in tow, while Kate Beckinsale and Jojo Rabbit star Roman Griffin Davis posed for photos under the neon Netflix sign. The streamer's signature shoe valet, where high heel-wearers could trade in for some more comfortable slides, had Zoey Deutch and Sophia Bush lined up, and Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang and Lea Michele stayed close to the bar.
On the dance floor, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Platt and Molly Gordon broke it down in the center of the room, as Paul Rudd and Cynthia Erivo made late-night entrances after some previous party-hopping. An interactive photo booth drew the cast of Dear White People for some shots as Missing Link producer Arianne Sutner fielded requests to take pictures with her new statuette.
As for Netflix's execs, Ted Sarandos kept to a sectioned-off area of the space overlooking the whole party, while film head Scott Stuber and wife Molly Sims made the social rounds and Cindy Holland caught up with Lyonne.
Netflix kept the party going past midnight, when Haddish commandeered the microphone at the DJ booth to deliver some raunchy freestyle raps, joined by Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, who danced alongside the comedy star turned emcee.
With agency and other studio parties continuing late into the night, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Larry David also made brief appearances before moving on to the next stop. — Kirsten Chuba and Rebecca Ford
PARTY: Amazon Studios
PLACE: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Stardust Penthouse
PLAYERS: Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Andrew Scott, Sian Clifford, Bret Gelman, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron and Joel Johnstone, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Gretchen Carlson, Blumhouse TV’s Jeremy Gold (who produced The Loudest Voice), Jennifer Salke, Jon Hamm, Charlie Day, Dermot Mulroney, Carnival Row’s Orlando Bloom, Sienna Miller, Missing Link’s Chris Butler and Arianne Sutner, Big Little Lies stars Shailene Woodley and Kathryn Newton, The Boys’ Jack Quaid, Uncut Gems’ Julia Fox, Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney, Salma Hayek, Josh Radnor, Martha Stewart, Andie MacDowell, Bethany Joy Lenz, Alex Karpovsky, Nina Dobrev, AnnaLynne McCord
SERVED: Moet, to the long line of people waiting to take the elevator upstairs; seafood bar with shrimp cocktail and oysters; chopped salad; charcuterie board with cheese and melon; beef, chicken and vegetable kebabs; roasted potatoes; a flatbread station at the other end of the hallway with margherita, meat lovers and vegetarian options; a coffee bar, which was transformed into a gelato station at the end of the night with flavors including Marvelous Mrs. Mango, blackberry cabernet sorbetto, custard vanilla, chocolate hazelnut and passionfruit goat cheese; and tray-passed mango mousse and samosas.
INSIDE DISH: Just like the Emmys, the Golden Globes were Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s night, winning for both best comedy series and actress. In her own corner in the back patio, Waller-Bridge was flanked by her onscreen sister Sian Clifford and the internet’s beloved "Hot Priest" Andrew Scott, who, in response to a reporter earlier in the night suggesting he put the moniker on his epitaph, said, “I’m only 43. I’m too young to think about that yet.”
Also alongside the Fleabag star, who announced that she was auctioning off her glittering Ralph Russo suit to donate the money to fire relief in Australia, was Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, a nominee herself for best actress in a drama series. Waller-Bridge served as Killing Eve's season one showrunner and is still an executive producer of the BBC America drama, which was just renewed for a fourth season ahead of its season three premiere.
After Waller-Bridge dipped out to head over to the UTA afterparty, Comer stayed behind to catch up with Scott, who was man of the hour, joking along with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Tony Shalhoub. But Shalhoub was speechless when Snoop Dogg arrived on the scene to DJ the soiree. The two had previously met when Snoop Dogg guest starred on Shalhoub’s long-running series Monk in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Rapper." Photogs snapped pictures of the twosome, and Shalhoub told THR, “I’ve got to get that picture,” before reminiscing with his onscreen wife Marin Hinkle. Members of the Mrs. Maisel clan were making their way through the party, including Caroline Aaron and Kevin Pollak, along with Michael Zegen and Joel Johnstone.
Rachel Brosnahan chatted with Orlando Bloom at the Amazon fete, who, with Dermot Mulroney, joined the corral of partygoers once Snoop Dogg appeared to start DJ’ing. But due to technical difficulties, he wouldn’t begin spinning his tunes until later in the evening after Tiffany Haddish arrived. In the meantime, The Boys’ Jack Quaid and Fleabag’s Bret Gelman were “going ahead and getting down” to Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”
Jon Hamm, who starred in The Report, was pleased to be introduced to Gretchen Carlson. She had just finished chatting with Jennifer Salke alongside Blumhouse TV’s Jeremy Gold, also an executive producer on The Loudest Voice, whose Russell Crowe won the best actor in a limited series honor. Crowe was absent from the ceremony as he was “stuck in Australia, but he’s thrilled,” Gold told THR. “We were texting him and sending him videos during the show.”
Carlson and Gold announced their joint venture on a new interview series for Carlson, which will see her “back in the interview chair taking on tough topics,” Gold shared. Added Carlson, “It’ll be wide-ranging topics, not just about the #MeToo movement, but just in general about people trusting me with their stories. Because once you’ve gone through something like I’ve gone through, people who’ve also gone through difficult times can relate to me now and they know I’m not going to judge them at all. They feel comfortable telling me their stories.”
While Carlson was unable to participate in The Loudest Voice or Bombshell due to her NDA, she told THR that she did watch the latter Jay Roach film with her family and kids over the holidays: “I couldn’t take part in any of that, so Hollywood takes a tremendous amount of liberties. But I look at it big-picture and if it encourages women to come forward, then that’s amazing.”
The duo are still putting the series together and need to take it out and sell it, Gold prefaced, but “it’s coming soon!”
Nearing 10:30 p.m. is when the late arrivals trickled in, just as the coffee bar transformed into a gelato station with flavors including “Marvelous Mrs. Mango.” Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney roamed the halls, as did How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor, while Julia Fox of Uncut Gems sauntered into the room with a group of friends. A massive line waiting for the elevator up to the penthouse was ever-present throughout the evening, but waiters liberally handed out Moet to ease the pain. Around 11:30 p.m., Snoop Dogg was still spinning beats and kept the party going as he sang along to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Build Me Up Buttercup." — Tara Bitran
PARTY: Warner Media & HBO
PLACE: Circa 55 restaurant
PLAYERS: Ansel Elgort, Channing Dungey, Craig Maizen, Kiernan Culkin, Bob Greenblatt, Casey Bloys, Charlie Collier, Sydney Sweeney, Kathryn Newton, Kevin Reilly, Jared Harris, Len Amato, Brian Cox, Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Mike Moh, Awkwafina, Shay Mitchell, Jessica Alba, J. Alexander, Kaitlyn Dever, Keegan Michael-Key, Adam Scott, Our Lady J, Cynthia Erivo, Sir Patrick Stewart and Zoe Kravitz
SERVED: Crispy kale salad, Mediterranean cous cous, chicken cacciatore, slow cooked short ribs, grilled octopus, gnocchi sardi pesto trapense, Harrisa roasted cauliflower, plus an outdoor station with mini falafel gyros, sliders, sweet potato fries, truffles, mousse cups and Panna cotta.
INSIDE DISH: The HBO afterparty saw a collection of Golden Globe nominees, winners and attendees celebrate the network’s impressive showing at the annual awards show. Though the night’s big winners, such as Brian Cox and Stellan Skarsgard, had yet to arrive, the party kicked off with a star-studded display. New WarnerMedia chief Bob Greenblatt held court at the poolside soiree, chatting with WME agent Richard Weitz early in the evening. Meanwhile, Casey Bloys spoke with WME’s Rick Rosen across the room as another content exec, Kevin Reilly, was seen nearby.
Early on in the night, the poolside area featured a wide variety of star activity. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Mike Moh and wife Richelle showed off their best poses at the event’s Golden Globes photo op. Across the pool were Ansel Elgort and partner Violetta Komyshan weaving their way through the party crowd, holding each other.
Even before the winning casts of Succession and Chernobyl arrived, the star-studded celebration saw Euphoria actresses Storm Reid and Hunter Schafer sharing a tender moment.
About an hour into the evening, Succession stars Kiernan Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicolas Braun and Jeremy Strong added to the Hollywood scene. Strong, who plays the show’s ambitious Kendall Roy, arrived with Gillie Strong and spoke with friends, who asked him about some of the year’s buzz-worthy films. A woman in Strong’s circle discussed Bong Joon Ho’s historic win for Parasite, telling Strong, “Everyone’s obsessed with it.”
As some talent exited Circa 55, Cox arrived — with his best actor in a drama series award in hand — causing quite a jam as fellow industry folk and fans stopped the Globe winner at the restaurant’s entrance. Moments after, Awkwafina, whose Sunday win made history, caused a similar stir. The actress snapped a pic with composer Lucia Hwong and fellow Crazy Rich Asians actor Jimmy O. Yang.
Inside the restaurant, Larry David secured a corner table, which became one of the hottest spots of the night. One of the many who stopped by David’s table was Nicholas Braun, who sat down with the comedian and talked shop. The night also saw a mini Curb Your Enthusiasm reunion when J.B. Smoove joined David at his table. The two also discussed noteworthy films of the year, including Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name. Partygoers also stopped by a dedicated Charlotte Tilbury station to get their lipstick touched up.
Separately, Chernobyl creator Craig Maizin and star Jared Harris make the rounds near their reserved tables, feting their limited series nod.
As Jason Momoa showed up later with wife Lisa Bonet, a security guard bro'ed out with him, asking the actor if he’d give his buddy nearby a shout-out (which the Aquaman star did). Finally as he walked into the party downstairs, he was immediately swarmed by fans before he struck up a conversation with Helen Mirren.
Toby Emmerich held court over throughout the evening by the restaurant’s buffet, which included short ribs and grilled octopus. Outside, Watchmen’s Dylan Schombing brought energy to the party’s dance floor, jumping and twirling to a remix of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” Though others cha-cha’ed to “Suavament,e, many stars kept indoors, given the night’s windy conditions and slight drizzle.
Closer to midnight, Unbelievable’s Kaitlyn Dever arrived at the HBO party with Alex Wolff. The two kept each other warm by the poolside, cozying up to one another and sharing kisses. — Bryn Elise Sandberg and Alexandra Del Rosario
PARTY: The Walt Disney Company
PLACE: The Disney Terrace, on the roof deck of the Beverly Hilton
PLAYERS: Winner for best supporting actress Patricia Arquette (The Act) with her co-stars Joey King and Calum Worthy, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment Chairman Dana Walden, Disney Television Studios president Craig Hunegs, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, Hulu’s Craig Erwich, Jojo Rabbit’s Roman Griffin Davis and producer Carthew Neal, Yara Shahidi, Ansel Elgort, composer Michael Giacchino, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, The Lion King’s Billy Eichner, Motherless Brooklyn composer Daniel Pemberton, former HFPA president Meher Tatna, Toy Story 4’s Tim Allen, The Politician's Ryan Murphy and Ben Platt, Maggie Lawson, Abigail Spencer, Camilla Luddington, Danneel Ackles
SERVED: A 5-foot-by-5-foot charcuterie board table filled with an assortment of cheeses from Parmesan to manchego, grapes and cold cuts in a display that looked straight out of a bacchanal; tray-passed pizzas; a backyard sushi bar with salmon and shrimp nigiri; a large salmon fillet on display; edamame; a warm drinks station for the cool night air with coffee, hot chocolate and a tea selection; steak kebab; roasted eggplant; Caesar salad for main meals; and a dessert bar with pecan bars, Nutella panna cotta and chocolate dipped macaroons
INSIDE DISH: Talent under the Walt Disney Company umbrella knew how to bust a move after the Golden Globes ended and the revelries started on Sunday night, as the conglomerate launched into the party scene with its first multi-branch affair celebrating its array of properties: Disney, Pixar, Disney+, Disney Television Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox, ABC, Freeform, FX, Hulu and National Geographic.
Taking home two statuettes, Hulu was well represented on the dance floor deep into the night. Patricia Arquette, who was named best supporting actress in a limited series for her role in The Act, donned a celebratory Viking helmet as she toted her Golden Globe around the room. She hosted a number of friends in an array of lush lounge chairs in the back of the party before grooving on the dance floor with her co-stars Joey King and Calum Worthy to “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
In the execs corner, new Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden, who walked in with Ryan Murphy (and was later joined by Ben Platt), was seen mingling with fellow new Disney/ABC players Craig Hunegs and Karey Burke, alongside Craig Erwich from Hulu, whose Ramy Youssef also won best actor in a comedy series honors for Ramy.
Jojo Rabbit himself, Roman Griffin Davis posed with his friends in his bright orange velvet suit jacket, backed by the thumping beats of Lizzo, as guests stockpiled on salmon and shrimp from the outdoor sushi bar and sipped hot chocolate by the outdoor heat lamps.
Yara Shahidi, representing both ABC’s Black-ish and Freeform’s Grown-ish, caught up with Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, a double nominee for best actress in a drama and best original song for “Stand Up.”
Former HFPA president Meher Tatna perused the dessert bar riddled with dishes like “chocolate decadence,” Nutella panna cotta and chocolate dipped macaroons, just a stone’s throw away from a massive charcuterie board table that could have been taken straight from a bacchanalian party, which was piled high with cheeses like Parmesan and Manchego, strewn grapes and bushels of broccoli.
Making new friends in the elevator were Toy Story 4’s Tim Allen and Outmatched’s Maggie Lawson, who informed the Last Man Standing star, “I have a new show coming out that premieres after yours!” Buzz Lightyear wished her good luck.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Abigail Spencer and Camilla Luddington shared a heartfelt reunion outside the halls of the ballroom, with Spencer jumping up and down, hugging her old co-star.
As TLC’s "No Scrubs" resounded throughout the room, West Side Story leading man Ansel Elgort and his girlfriend were heading out towards the infamous shuttle, him mouthing “Oh, my god!” as if ready for “Tonight” to end.
Fosse/Verdon winner Michelle Williams — who shared backstage that the next thing she wants to do and is going to do is return to the stage — called it a night after the ceremony. Pointing to her pregnant belly, she said, “But I’ve got a little time to take off first.” — Natalie Jarvey, Mia Galuppo and Tara Bitran
PARTY: Warner Bros. and InStyle
PLACE: Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
PLAYERS: Joaquin Phoenix, Saoirse Ronan, Helen Mirren, Awkwafina, Todd Phillips, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Momoa, Zoe Kravitz, Patricia Arquette, Salma Hayek, Tiffany Haddish, Taika Waititi, Barry Jenkins, Lulu Wang, Antonio Banderas, Paul Walter Hauser, Rita Wilson, Colin Hanks, Joey King, Laverne Cox, Storm Reid, Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, Topher Grace, Zhao Shuzhen
SERVED: Impossible Burger and Kobe beef sliders, rigatoni pasta and baby kale salad, along with a dessert bar of Lady M cake bites
INSIDE DISH: The Warner Bros. event became an impromptu Golden Globes winner's circle when, following his best actor win, Joaquin Phoenix went directly from his press interviews to the Joker studio party, where he was immediately the man of the hour, surrounded by fans, friends and director Todd Phillips. After taking photos and making conversation with well-wishers, Phoenix and his newly earned statuette made an early exit from the cityscape-themed celebration.
That left another big winner in the room, though, as Awkwafina partied with her Farewell director Lulu Wang (plus boyfriend Barry Jenkins) and her supporting cast, including breakout Zhao Shuzhen (aka Nai Nai). Tiffany Haddish also joined the group, FaceTiming Snoop Dogg while he was at another Golden Globes party and passing the phone to Awkwafina to show off her new award.
Elsewhere, Paul Walter Hauser and Antonio Banderas hit the bar, while Saoirse Ronan ran into Rita Wilson in the doorway and stopped for a chat, only to be interrupted by Taika Waititi continuing his party train as Ronan inquired of his entourage's plan for the evening: "Where are you guys going?" Sacha Baron Cohen passed by Jason Momoa and Zoe Kravitz and stopped for hugs, while Colin Hanks and Topher Grace caught up near the DJ booth.
On the outside terrace, a third winner, Patricia Arquette — donning a Viking helmet and smoking a cigarette — spoke with Salma Hayek, while her The Act co-star Joey King made the rounds inside and Laverne Cox broke it down with friends on the dance floor. And while many had a celebratory alcoholic drink in hand, Helen Mirren opted to hit up the coffee bar, grabbing one to go before being ushered to the next festivity. — Kirsten Chuba
PLACE: Waldorf Astoria Jean-Georges Restaurant
PLAYERS: Sam Mendes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman and the rest of the 1917 crew; cast and crew of Harriet, including Vanessa Bell Calloway and director Kasi Lemmons; Ricky Gervais; Rita Wilson; Derek Hough; How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois
SERVED: Buffet of assorted seafood including sushi, oysters, clams, lobster and jumbo shrimp; a pasta bar; beef tenderloin carving station; and tray-passed cronuts and ice cream sundaes for dessert
INSIDE DISH: Just before the clock struck 10 p.m., 1917 director Mendes walked through the glittering entryway of the post-Golden Globes NBCUniversal party with his three awards (including for best picture - drama) and his cast and crew in tow. He held the stauettes up triumphantly, posing for a few photos as cameras flashed, and people cheered and applauded. The big winners waded through a sea of hugs and handshakes to make it to their booth. By then, the Jean-Georges Restaurant was already packed, with each of the bars at least a few people deep and not an empty table or chair in sight.
Mendes and his posse remained popular throughout the night, fielding conversations and congratulations between bites of food. One booth over sat other guests of honor, the cast and crew of Harriet, which was nominated for two awards. This group didn't stay in their seats for long, making it to the dance floor multiple times.
While it seemed like the food was endless, the alcohol was not. "I'm already running out of things!" exclaimed one bartender around 10:30 as she filled champagne glasses to be at the ready for partygoers to grab and go. While most of the winners and nominees were out the door by 11 p.m., the party continued on. Rita Wilson chatted by the bar, and Derek Hough made a quick appearance before darting out. Later in the night, Martha Stewart tucked herself into the booth previously occupied by the 1917 cast, relaxing with a glass of white wine in her hand and chatting intimately with friends.
As many guests made their way home or to other parties and the venue began to clear, security asked everyone to make their way to the front half of the restaurant. While the back portion of the restaurant closed before midnight, the partygoers in the front continued the revelry with no end in sight. — Katie Campione
PARTY: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association
PLACE: The Wilshire Garden at the Beverly Hilton
SERVED: Decidedly not vegan, like the HFPA's Golden Globes dinner — with a sushi bar and a raw bar for guests, who were also plied by the night's official beverage sponsor, Moët & Chandon
INSIDE DISH: For those who staked out a spot on the eastern side of the HFPA's official Golden Globes viewing party, conveniently positioned alongside the victory lap press room, the evening was a parade of stars — Michelle Williams, Olivia Colman, Awkwafina and Bong Joon Ho. The rest of the party was a mixture of HFPA friends (like new entries to the new class of residency fellows) and interesting B-listers (including Bachelor alum Nick Viall and Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi). On the adjoining patio, the party offered one of the night's most unexpected complimentary experiences — aura readings by a pair of professions who offered to "listen" to guests' energy. — Michael O'Connell
PLACE: Chateau Marmont
PLAYERS: Chris Evans, Charlize Theron, Rian Johnson, Jay Roach, Don Johnson, Taika Waititi, Jon Hamm, Alexander Skarsgaard, Toni Colette, Ram Bergman, Jon Lovett, Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jack Huston, Paul Walter Hauser, Avi Lerner, Jon Feltheimer, Joe Drake, Michael Burns, John Fithian
SERVED: Beer-battered cauliflower with honey, mozzarella-filled arancini, fried chicken bites
INSIDE DISH: On the night before the Golden Globes, the teams from Lionsgate’s Bombshell and Knives Out gathered on the airy Chateau patio to toast their films.
Reflecting on Knives Out’s impressive stamina at the box office as the movie continues to build audience in its seventh week in theaters, Don Johnson joked that the mystery thriller was “aging in reverse, like me.” Knives Out writer-director Rian Johnson and his partner, podcaster and author Karina Longworth, had recently returned to Los Angeles after spending the holidays in St. Bart’s, where they serendipitously ran into Johnson’s Star Wars boss, Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy.
Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman talked about their plans for a follow-up to Knives Out, a new mystery built around Daniel Craig’s Southern private detective, Benoit Blanc. Johnson noted that his awards season highlight so far had been meeting Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, with whom he’s now exchanging emails.
Filmmaker bonding is one of the perks of season, as Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi bounced into the party and made a beeline for Bombshell helmer Jay Roach, who was getting a warm and effusive greeting from actress-producer Colleen Camp. “I just love your movie!” she said, grabbing Roach’s arm. Roach talked about his next project as well, a series on the 1970 Kent State shootings he’s making with Tina Fey’s production company, citing parallels to HBO’s Chernobyl in that both stories are about tragedies that emerged from failed systems and noting its unfortunate contemporary relevance amid the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
Roach’s Bombshell star and producer Charlize Theron was also there, fresh from the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala. Asked about Bombshell subject Gretchen Carlson’s new talk show for Blumhouse TV, Theron said, “I’ll be very interested to see it.” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake was huddling with Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the filmmakers of the anticipated April movie Antebellum, having returned from a family ski trip to Park City, Utah.
As the party, which started at 8 p.m., wound past 10:30, the scent of weed began wafting through the air; Jon Hamm arrived; and Evans, who had been quietly parked in the corner, ducked out. — Rebecca Keegan
PLACE: Sunset Tower Hotel
PLAYERS: Robert De Niro, Naomi Watts, David Nevins, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cameron Monaghan, Justina Machado, Da Vine Randolph, the cast of The Loudest Voice, the cast of Black Monday, the cast of The L Word: Generation Q, the cast of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
SERVED: A hearty buffet selection of main courses including classic Caesar salad, chicken paillard, braised short rib, broccolini and truffle mushroom rice crafted by Sunset Tower’s culinary team. Guests busied themselves with an open bar serving the basics and passed-around desserts including macarons, mini-pies and bite-sized cakes
INSIDE DISH: Inside the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar, the stars and execs of Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, The L Word: Generation Q and other programs braved the cold by warming up to one another.
Though the network’s nominated talent, Russel Crowe and Kirsten Dunst, didn’t make an appearance at the Saturday night gathering, the party saw a number of familiar faces. Joining the festivities, even for a quick drink and chat, were Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel and Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan.
Naomi Watts, who stars as Gretchen Carlson on the network’s nominated The Loudest Voice, chatted and snapped a pic with Josh Stamberg. The night continued with inter-network mingling as comedian and Generation Q star Fortune Feimster and her fiancee Jacquelyn Smith shared a couple of drinks and laughs with Black Monday’s Yassir Lester and actress Chelsea Devantez.
Later on the night, Marci Wiseman, Chris Dickie and Jeremy Gold of Blumhouse, which produced Loudest Voice, mingled with the castmembers of City of Angels. Earlier on the carpet, the Blumhouse team spoke to THR about receiving a nomination for the show and the message it sends to the industry. “What Roger Ailes was able to do was play with our greatest fears and divide us as a country so we only hear what we want to hear in our own echo chambers. Coupled with the entitlement of this idea that women are to be treated in a particular way, it’s a pretty toxic cocktail,” Wiseman said. “It’s been over 20 years and it’s been pretty revelatory about the state of multiple things in America.” — Alexandra Del Rosario
PLAYERS: Ted Sarandos, Al Pacino, Laura Dern, Robert De Niro, Noah Baumbach, Ray Romano, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mati Diop, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Scott Stuber, David Heyman, Ruth Carter, Larry Karaszewski, Jared Harris, Ben Platt, Joey King, Zoey Deutch, Wesley Snipes, Jon Voight
SERVED: A buffet spread of Cecconi's favorites featuring mushroom risotto, pasta, pizza, grilled flatbread, little gem salad, roasted chicken, roasted asparagus and arugula salad plus passed appetizers including a vegan burger
INSIDE DISH: The thing about attending a party thrown by Netflix is that there are going to be a lot of lines. When the streaming giant hosted its pre-Globes party on Saturday night, the line for the valet entering Cecconi’s was down the block from the moment it started. Inside the packed party, the queues were plenty long for both the buffet and the bar (even talent like Ben Platt and Benny Safdie were spotted waiting patiently for a slammed bartender to free up to take their order at the bar). “This is hard work,” a woman said aloud as she tried to push her way through the crowd — with no luck.
But it’s fair to say that the lines are just part of the deal when you’re celebrating a company that’s taken the industry and awards scene by storm while working with most of the town’s top and most in-demand talent. Indeed, among the press, publicists and Academy voters in attendance were a slew of A-list talent who have worked with the streamer over the past year.
The Irishman’s Al Pacino arrived early and left early. Laura Dern and her Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach, who’d both been at the BAFTA Tea earlier that afternoon, were spotted chatting with Ted Sarandos. Dolomite is My Name star Wesley Snipes was holding court in the center of the room, near the bar, while co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Craig Robinson were chatting in a booth, cracking up with laughter from time to time.
The Politician’s Platt chatted at length with Zoey Deutch, and Russian Doll’s Charlie Barnett and The Kissing Booth’s Joey King exchanged stories from the weekend, with King admitting they rushed into the party to eat and would have to rush out again soon.
But it wasn’t just Netflix talent hobnobbing in the crowded space. Josh and Benny Safdie, the writer-directors of A24’s Uncut Gems, were among the night’s guests and were introduced to Ray Romano and Snipes soon after they arrived.
Sarandos gave a toast at the cocktail party’s midpoint, shouting out the films and shows that were among the studio’s 34 nominations. Said the exec: “You’re all part of the Netflix family.” — Rebecca Ford
PARTY: BAFTA Tea Party
PLACE: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
PLAYERS: Elton John, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Adam Driver, Noah Baumbach, Rian Johnson, Taika Waititi, Todd Phillips, Daniel Craig, Taron Egerton, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Jodie Comer, Awkwafina, Paul Walter Hauser, Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Cynthia Erivo, Roman Griffin Davis, Joey King, Billy Porter, Benny and Josh Safdie, Bong Joon Ho, Dexter Fletcher, Lulu Wang, Jay Roach, Jennifer Lee, Jared Harris, Wesley Snipes, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Josh O'Connor, Tobias Menzies, Charlie Barnett, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Butters, Diane Warren, Zhao Shuzhen and Ted Sarandos
SERVED: Classic British tea sandwiches including cucumber, smoked salmon, coronation chicken, roast beef and horseradish, egg and cress salad, as well as multiple pastry bars with fruit and chocolate tarts and chocolate eclairs, and, of course, plenty of pours of tea
INSIDE DISH: British stars and non-Brits alike gathered at the annual BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday afternoon for some A-list mingling and English treats. While Saoirse Ronan and 1917 star George MacKay chatted in the Four Seasons ballroom entrance, The Farewell director Lulu Wang snapped a shot of Leonardo DiCaprio with breakout Zhao Shuzhen (aka Nai Nai), which she later shared on social media. Robert De Niro and Adam Driver also made brief appearances, but the air in the room shifted in the last hour of the party, when Elton John rolled in to meet up with Taron Egerton and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher. John was led to a reserved table in the corner of the room while surrounded by security and big Hollywood names that were quickly reduced to loving fans trying to get a photo.
On the red carpet into the tea party, Fletcher told THR that he was "looking forward to [host Ricky] Gervais doing his thing tomorrow" and, unlike some first-time Golden Globe nominees trying to play it cool, "I’m quite happy to let people know how excited I am. I’ve not been here before. Hopefully I’m here again, but if I’m not, I’m going to enjoy it for every moment that it is."
Fellow first-timer Kaitlyn Dever mirrored those feelings, saying that she was most excited to sit down inside the Beverly Hilton ceremony because "I’ve only seen it on TV. I’ve never been in that room before and to be there with Beanie [Feldstein] being nominated and being in the same category as Merritt [Wever] is also really exciting." And, after months of press and award campaigning for both Booksmart and the Netflix series Unbelievable, "The anticipation is actually kind of killing me. I’m like, 'Tomorrow is the 5th!' And I’ve been saying the 5th for, like, three months!"
Back inside the party, Quentin Tarantino caught up with his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood breakout Julia Butters; Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher chatted with Wesley Snipes and Netflix boss Ted Sarandos; and The Crown's Tobias Menzies shared a drink with Chernobyl's Jared Harris after Menzies' co-star Josh O'Connor told THR of his jet-lagged struggles in trying to enjoy the Golden Globes scene: "I went to a party last night and lasted one hour. I went over to a friend of mine and said, 'We’ve got to go, it’s like, four in the morning,' and she was, like, 'Josh, it’s 11.'"
Taika Waititi spoke with MacKay and Joey King; Jodie Comer posed for photos with Fleabag's Sian Clifford; and Billy Porter gossiped with Egerton as they clasped hands. At the very end of the three-hour celebration, Laura Dern entered hand-in-hand with Little Women co-star Florence Pugh (after Ronan and Greta Gerwig's earlier exit), but stopped to a halt in the entrance as Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were on their way out, exclaiming, "The godfather of my children is here!" The three proceeded to take numerous photos and speak about Danson's recent arrest for protesting against climate change with Jane Fonda, with Dern calling the pictures of him in cuffs "my favorite images — you looked so happy!" Rian Johnson also left the party around the same time, waving goodbye to Dern as she pulled him into the conversation and introduced him to Danson as the mind behind Knives Out and "we did Star Wars together!"
As the afternoon turned to night, the stars trickled out of the party to head to the next series of events and get ready for Sunday's big show. — Kirsten Chuba
“Hey, is that the guy from Titanic?” - Zhao Shuzhen right before this photo was taken. pic.twitter.com/DP3DoNBKKf— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) January 5, 2020
PARTY: W Magazine's Best Performances issue party
PLACE: Chateau Marmont's penthouse
PLAYERS: Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Joaquin Phoenix, Adam Driver, Chris Evans, Laura Dern, Noah Baumbach, Antonio Banderas, Taika Waititi, Henry Winkler, Awkwafina, Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Joey King, Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield, Natasha Lyonne, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Jared Harris, Jodie Turner-Smith, Joshua Jackson, Margaret Qualley, Ana de Armas, Ellen Page, Rooney Mara, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Keegan-Michael Key, Charlie Hunnam, Winston Duke, Josh O'Connor, Anna Paquin, Zoey Deutch, Sydney Sweeney, Molly Gordon, Craig Robinson
SERVED: Tray-passed sliders, crab cakes, grilled cheese bites and tuna tartare cones and, for dessert, mini donuts, along with indoor and outdoor Absolut Elyx Vodka cocktails that kept the party going.
INSIDE DISH: The annual party, held in conjunction with the magazine's Best Performances 2020 issue — which this year featured nine different A-listers from awards-season films — kicked off Golden Globes weekend with a bang, welcoming cover stars Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Evans, Laura Dern and Adam Driver into the penthouse of L.A.'s iconic Chateau Marmont for a night of pre-show celebration. The soiree, hosted by new editor-in-chief Sara Moonves along with W's Lynn Hirschberg and YouTube's Derek Blasberg, featured an intimate indoor space lined with starry photos from the magazine, while outside on the Sunset Boulevard balcony was where the party really got started.
Phoenix and girlfriend Rooney Mara were among the very first to arrive, with Mara settling into the couches under heat lamps while Phoenix started a lively conversation with fellow early-arriver Quentin Tarantino. The Joker star mingled and stopped for photos before making an exit, while the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director shared laughs with Antonio Banderas before making his own way out.
Chris Evans hopped from one Hollywood circle to circle, first with Knives Out co-star Ana de Armas and taking photos with 1917 star George MacKay. Captain America himself then reappeared later in the night leading Taika Waititi into the party before heading outside to share smokes (and hugs) with Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield, Natasha Lyonne and Succession star Jeremy Strong.
The true star of the evening, though, was Leonardo DiCaprio, who arrived in the last hour of the party and quickly was holding court in a corner of the deck, despite a low baseball cap that kept him somewhat hidden from the crowd. The A-lister kept close to girlfriend Camila Morrone, while also catching up with Waititi and Hammer and laughing on his phone with Blasberg. Queen and Slim's Jodie Turner-Smith also introduced herself to the Once Upon a Time star, accompanied by her new husband Joshua Jackson.
While there were numerous A-listers in attendance, Hollywood's fresh faces also came out to celebrate, with the casts of Booksmart (Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Gordon) and The Politician (Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch) posing for a stream of photos and hitting up the bar. Awkwafina, Joey King and Once Upon a Time breakout Margaret Qualley also joined the tight-knit group, whiile at one point, Qualley approached the chatting trio of MacKay, Henry Winkler and Charlie Hunnam to ask the Barry star for a quick hug. Adam Driver did a quick lap around the penthouse before heading out, while fellow Marriage Story duo Dern and Noah Baumbach conversed with Cynthia Erivo and Strong. The party wound down just before midnight, as the last drinks were poured and late-night donuts were passed around. — Kirsten Chuba
PLACE: Sunset Tower Poolside Terrace
PLAYERS: Parasite director and star of the night Bong Joon Ho, alongside his cast Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong; hosts Guillermo del Toro and Colleen Camp; Leonardo DiCaprio; Succession’s Jeremy Strong; Marriage Story’s Laura Dern and Noah Baumbach; Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; Rian Johnson; The Black List’s Franklin Leonard; The Painted Bird’s Julian Sands and Evgenia Citkowitz; Emile Hirsch; Nia Vardalos; Academy member Victoria Meyerink; Richard Jewell’s Paul Walter Houser; Rashida Jones; Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Kyle MacLachlan; Erika Christensen; Paul Dano; Edgar Wright; Billy Zane; Natasha Lyonne; Keegan-Michael Key; Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s Céline Sciamma, Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel; Lukas Haas; Aziz Ansari; Edi Gathegi; Nolan Gerard Funk
SERVED: Special peach bellini cocktail, curated by "Jessica. Middle Child. Illinois. Chicago" herself, as a nod to Park So-dam’s famous scene in Parasite; hors d'oeuvres to start the night including flatbreads, cheeseburger sliders and vegetable spring rolls, leading to a dinner buffet of cod, fried chicken, green beans, roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts and cellentani pasta with red sauce; and bite-size strawberry cheesecake, lemon tarts and fudge brownies served around 10:30 p.m.
INSIDE DISH: The appeal of rich and poor is universal, according to the team behind Neon’s intimate gathering to celebrate Bong Joon Ho’s acclaimed Parasite on Friday night at the poolside terrace of the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hosted by Guillermo del Toro and Colleen Camp, partygoers throughout the evening could all agree director Bong’s satire was the toast of the town, drawing crowds from Succession’s Jeremy Strong to even a quick appearance from Leonardo DiCaprio.
The evening began with Camp introducing a poolside screening of the feature, which was nominated for best foreign-language film, directing and screenplay at the Golden Globes. The movie played on four screens above the pool to about 60 guests wrapped in blankets and slurping hot cocoa as the sun set, many of whom were seeing the film for the first time.
Around 8 p.m. is when the intimate soirée began, as Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” set the tone before the music evaporated away so as to not be too loud for conversation amongst the guests, including Parasite’s own Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong and Song Kang-ho, who shook every person’s hand once he entered the main room. The space itself was adorned with peaches in a nest around every corner, paying homage to the fruit as a key plot point in the film.
Tonight’s Parasite party of course had their very own peach pits. Lee Jung-eun, whose character is famously allergic to them in the film, kept stopping to take pics and check them out pic.twitter.com/pDp5rN5QIK— Tara Bitran (@tarabitran) January 4, 2020
Lee herself, whose character Gook Moon-gwang serves as the housekeeper to the wealthy Park family and is famously allergic to peaches, excitedly perused every bundle of peaches, taking pictures and nodding, “It’s good, right?” with a thumbs up. Aside from the peaches, Lee was carrying around Parasite’s AACTA award for best picture throughout the evening. The film received the honor that same night.
Also making multiple stops were Marriage Story pals Laura Dern and Noah Baumbach, who hobnobbed with Emile Hirsch and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, who later was spotted chatting with Knives Out star Ana de Armas.
Del Toro was seen holding court in the middle of a back booth, with a line forming to greet the Oscar winner. Keegan-Michael Key consoled a friend as he waited his turn. Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson stopped by the buffet table as Academy member Victoria Meyerink was knocked off her balance behind the congested buffet, but thankfully was caught by another guest.
“I saw Parasite for the first time tonight. It’s beautifully crafted and has a very interesting structure — darkly funny — but I don’t think there will be a clean sweep this year. Not like Bo Rhap or Green Book. We’ll see what happens this weekend,” the member of the producing branch said.
At the opposite end of the buffet table, Billy Zane was asked for numerous selfies not long before his Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio swung by the party in a black cap and hoodie, keeping it under the radar as he congratulated director Bong on the film.
Succession’s Jeremy Strong was also late on the scene, struggling to find a place to sit and eat his dinner from the buffet, while Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s director Céline Sciamma and leading ladies Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel nestled by the fireplace.
Natasha Lyonne caught up with The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, before he made his way to Rashida Jones on the patio, who was back-to-back with Richard Jewell breakout Paul Walter Hauser, clad in a red beanie. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon made the rounds by the pool, as Kyle MacLachlan paid his respects to Bong.
By 11 p.m., del Toro, Wright, Paul Dano and Rian Johnson were a few of the remaining stragglers, but they were without a care as they laughed around a table like old friends. The party was winding down, but not before one guest started eating the peaches on display, clearly not worried about a potential parasite. As Dano finally exited with Wright and waited for his car at the valet, he made a point to sign a few autographs for fans on the outskirts of the hotel. — Tara Bitran