6:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Golden Globes Rambling Reporter: Shuttlegate Sequel, Taylor Swift's Security Sweep and Sandra Oh's Last Call
Two years after hundreds of party-goers were forced to wait upwards of two hours for shuttles from Century City to Globes afterparties at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, mishap struck again. Invitees to the HBO, NBCUniversal, Fox, Amazon and Warner Bros./InStyle parties — instructed to park or be dropped off at 2030 Century Park West — found 90-minute wait times for shuttles for anyone arriving after 8 p.m. “People were freaking out,” said one frustrated reveler of the long lines, which included executives and talent including Rachel Zoe, Rumer Willis and Jon Voight. Huffed another: “They should have drinks here.” One person blamed security at the hotel for holding up the shuttles to ease traffic congestion in and around the hotel. One THR staffer was even approached by a rogue SUV driver offering to drive guests the 1.5 mile trek for a $50 fee.
According to a rep for the hotel, "per standard protocol," the first shuttles left the hotel 30 minutes after the show concluded to allow for staffers to safely clear the lobby. Added the rep: "There was unexpected traffic gridlock at the time which Beverly Hills PD and our teams worked to clear as quickly as possible. Once traffic was cleared, the shuttles ran in a timely manner for the rest of the evening. We will continue to investigate the matter and follow-up with our guests as needed. The safety and security of our guests is always our top priority, and we apologize for any inconvenience guests may have experienced."
Turns out the party hack was to be on the RSVP list for Netflix’s buzzy party because the streaming service had booked its own parking garage located at 1840 Century Park East, which was reserved specifically for Netflix’s viewing- and afterparty. Guests of that party tell THR that they had no issues going to and from the Hilton on dedicated Netflix shuttles. Still, even with the drama, one shuttle full of guests was treated to a surprise improv performance. Jon Voight, in a prime spot at the front of a shuttle, helped to ease tension by standing up and pretending to be a cruise ship director and waxing on about the travel stops and the boat’s eventual destination. “It was wacky and had everyone cracking up,” said the source. “People were restless and he had everyone in hysterics and helped change the mood.”
Leaving the hotel at the end of the night was a challenge for some guests who had to wait for shuttles or vans to return to Century City. Winners, too. One source told THR that Golden Globe winner Rami Malek was seen waiting close to 45 minutes for his car at the end of the night.
Taylor Swift’s Security Team Tested at Netflix Party
The HFPA kept Taylor Swift’s appearance a secret until she walked onstage with Idris Elba — her co-star in the upcoming Cats — to present awards for best score and original song. But Swift’s attempts to stay under-the-radar at the post-show parties didn’t last long. According to an eyewitness, the pop star, who was flanked by a healthy security team all night, stopped by the Fox party at 9 p.m., entering through a secret side entrance. Once inside, she joined boyfriend Joe Alwyn (in Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite), his co-star Emma Stone and her boyfriend, SNL writer Dave McCary, in the VIP section. The couple then made the rounds at Netflix, which debuted Taylor Swift: The Reputation Concert Tour on New Year’s Eve. Amid Alfonso Cuaron, Chuck Lorre, Pete Davidson, Lorne Michaels and Alison Brie, Swift was the undisputed star, as Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos requested a selfie, which led to the singer being swarmed. Security called for backup, but Swift and Alwyn left shortly after, hitting InStyle/Warner Bros. at some point during the night.
Last Big Shindig for Fox?
Fox had a lot to celebrate with wins for Bohemian Rhapsody, FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX’s The Americans and The Favourite’s Olivia Colman. “We had the great fortune to have a very successful year, so everyone is happy. In years like this, the party kind of rocks,” said Gary Newman, outgoing Fox Broadcasting Co. chairman and CEO. But as the studio is ready to roll into the final stages of the Disney merger, many attendees were partying like it was the end of an era as the Globes bash was expected to be the final corporate party before multiple assets (and top executives) are swallowed by Disney. Newman told THR he didn't necessarily view it that way. "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. His co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden (who departed Fox for Disney for a top job) stuck around a few minutes longer as Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke stopped by to congratulate her on the night's big wins.
Inside Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s Private Afterparty
Following their well-received hosting outing, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh escaped the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a pit stop at La Dolce Vita to party with their reps from UTA, alongside Viggo Mortensen, Claire Foy, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tony McNamara, Jill Soloway, Rachel Bloom, Liev Schreiber, Billy Eichner, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Abrams, Lil Rel Howery and Susan Kelechi Watson, among others. Samberg and Oh ended their night with their own private afterparty — sponsored by Don Julio and held at West Hollywood haunt Delilah — that drew Lorne Michaels, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Tiffany Haddish, Sterling K. Brown and Drake. A source says guests snacked on chicken sliders and brownies and the last guest didn’t leave until 3 a.m. By that point, Oh had changed out of her gown in favor of a black tux jumpsuit from G Label by Goop and Alexandre Birman black-and-white sneakers.
— With reporting by Ramona Saviss, Rebecca Keegan, Kirsten Chuba and Jean Bentley