Oscars nip at heels of awards as winners try to celebrate

HOLLYWOOD — Massive security wasn’t the only thing keeping revelry in check at Golden Globes after-bashes this year.

Certain celebrants couldn’t help but think about Oscar nominations — due to be unveiled less than 48 hours later, under this year’s shortened sked — amid the merrymaking.

“It’s hard not to,” Warners’ Jeff Robinov admitted at the studio’s joint after-party with InStyle mag. “You’ve always got your fingers crossed.”

The studio’s double Globe winner, “Mystic River,” ended up scoring six Oscar noms, while Globe-less “The Last Samurai” pulled down four.

Up on the parking garage rooftop post-kudocast, Universal execs were waiting to see how Globe-less “Seabiscuit” came in at the wire with Oscar nominations. The Focus crowd did a bit more celebrating, since its “Lost in Translation” won big that evening.

The Miramax bash at Trader Vic’s, meanwhile, was hopping even though “Cold Mountain” converted but one of its eight nominations into trophies. COO Rick Sands talked about the pic’s staying power while topper Harvey Weinstein was happily ensconced in a booth with Globe winner Renee Zellweger nearby.

New Line, home to the evening’s biggest winner, hosted an understated reception for down to Middle-earth “Lord of the Rings” helmer Peter Jackson. A beaming Bob Shaye credited the film’s success to “everybody pulling together — starting with Tolkien.”

“Mystic River” helmer Clint Eastwood also beamed with pride about his two Globe winners, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn, and said Oscar noms didn’t distract him from enjoying the kudos at hand. “Maybe if you were 21,” Eastwood said. “I just enjoy each day.”

(Bill Higgins and Dade Hayes contributed to this report.)

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