Contenders chill out at afternoon event

Stars took a breather at BAFTA/LA’s Saturday afternoon Golden Globes tea party at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills before hitting the evening events.

Org chairman Nigel Lythgoe said guests were being feted in the traditional British way — “with fish and chips and a cup of tea.”

“True Grit” star Jeff Bridges chatted to “The Town’s” helmer-thesp Ben Affleck, who was there to back co-star Jeremy Renner’s bid for supporting actor.

Nicole Kidman (best actress, “Rabbit Hole) socialized with composer Diane Warren, whose “You haven’t seen the last of me” from “Burlesque” has been nommed for best original song.

“Everyone arrives for the Golden Globes all nervous, but it’s really cool and unpretentious here, perhaps because it’s British,” said Warren.

Among TV nominees “Glee” star Jane Lynch, up for best perf by an actress in a series, was happy to be at the party because “it’s an excuse to wear a nice dress and meet my friends.”

Other celebs spotted nattering together over a sandwich: “Desperate Housewives’ ” Vanessa Williams and comedienne Kathy Griffin.

“The King’s Speech” helmer Tom Hooper, up for best director, was already in celebratory mood because his movie, nommed for best film, has taken more at the U.K. box office in nine days than his film, “The Queen” took in its entire run. ” ‘The King’ is beating ‘The Queen,’ ” he laughed.

Harvey Weinstein is torn between his two films in contention at the Globes — “The King’s Speech” and “Blue Valentine” whose stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are nommed for best actress and actor respectively. “All your children are beautiful — you can’t choose between them,” he said.

Andrew Garfield, supporting actor nominee for “The Social Network,” took time off from the “Spider-Man” reboot to, well, socialize. He was there with pal Eddie Redmayne (“Pillars of the Earth”).

“It’s nice being in a room with such inspiring, wonderful people to talk to,” he said, citing director Luca Guadagnino whose “I Am Love” is a foreign film nominee. Then he laughingly admitted he was “being led (between events) as if I was a blind person trusting that the person leading me doesn’t want me dead!”

Aaron Eckhart (“Rabbit Hole”) was chilled about the awards, saying, “Globes, what Globes?”

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