If there’s one thing the Golden Globes have over the Oscars, it’s the fact that the after-parties are one-stop hopping affairs. Minutes after the ceremony ends, guests are already at the spot of their first postkudo shindig — and party hopping has a whole new definition when it means just jumping on an elevator or crossing a lobby.
The largest event, in terms of number of guests, has for the past three years been the one thrown by In Style and Warner Bros. This year will certainly be no exception as HBO — with its 19 nominations — has been brought in as a third partner.
The Palm Court-based event will include a five-course sit-down dinner for 100 during the telecast, followed by an after-party at least eight times that size with live music and a vast selection of food.
“We’re careful to have an abundance,” says In Style’s Cyd Wilson. “The thinking being that though people are served food in the ceremony, they tend to pick at it and by the time it’s over, they’re ravenous.”
The party has always been themeless although “we try to make it current and something very different from the year before,” says Wilson.
As it has in previous years, Miramax will allow party planner extraordinaire Jeffrey Best to put his spin on its event in the Hilton’s executive wing. Fox, with six nominations for “Moulin Rouge” as well as notices for its specialty arm Searchlight’s “The Deep End” and “Sexy Beast,” is scheduled to take over the hotel’s pool area. Paramount will be celebrating in the eighth-floor Stardust Room, and Sony, New Line and USA Films are planning to divide the roof area (separate tents and guest lists for each).
Last year, the USA party played up the various colors used in “Traffic,” (the tent, at various times, was bathed in blue, yellow, orange or gold) but “this year, we’ re going to just have a cool, hip party,” says Carlatta Florio of USA Films.
Florio adds that when one film is set in 1932 London (“Gosford Park”), another in 1949 Northern California (“The Man Who Wasn’t There”) and yet another in present-day India (“Monsoon Wedding”), cohesive themes are a virtual impossibility.
MGM/UA, back in the Globes game with nominations for “Ghost World,” “Legally Blonde,” “Bandits” and “No Man’s Land,” has a similar quality problem of abundance making for a lack of an overall theme. “We could do pink trenches covered in comicbooks,” quips MGM’s Andrew Keane.
They will be taking over Griff’s, located on the first floor below the ballroom.
Merv Griffin Prods., which has been coordinating all of the parties for the past five years, oversees the food, look, style, flow, design, technical elements — a feed of the broadcast into each of the parties, for example — as well as the permitting and budgeting, and pesky details such as working out capacity with the fire marshal.
Griffin senior VP Carleen Cappelletti notes that while themed parties used to be more common, “truthfully, that was much more in the beginning. These days studios are much more about reflecting the night.”
The only party outside of Griffin’s jurisdiction is DreamWorks’, held next door at Trader Vic’s. This year, like last, the studio will be joining with Universal, this go-round for a party in honor of, among others, their co-production of “A Beautiful Mind.”
Details of many of the parties are still being ironed out: “The stress behind the event is that nominations don’t come out until Dec. 20, at which point half the town goes away,” says Cappelletti. “Most of the planning happens the week before.”