Golden Globes: 11 Secrets From Inside the Ballroom

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On TV, the 74th annual Golden Globes doubled as a never-ending valentine to “La La Land,” which landed seven awards — more than any other film in history. But inside the Beverly Hills ballroom, the three-hour dinner was more like a party on a cruise ship, with drinking, smoking, and lots of selfies. Here are 11 secrets from inside the Golden Globes.

1. How Jimmy Fallon lost the room
The momentum was on the “Tonight Show” host’s side — for all of five minutes. The pre-recorded introduction, which had Fallon belting his own version of a “La La Land” song, kicked off the evening on a high note. But the problem was, Fallon lost the room as soon as he went live and not just because his teleprompter failed. Presiding over the first major Hollywood gathering since Donald Trump’s election as president, Fallon’s political jokes were too soft. The laughter during the monologue was more muted than it had been during the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler years.

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2. Why wasn’t anybody eating?
The reason some winners can sound a little tipsy at the Globes is that dinner — a choice between grilled filet mignon or sea bass — is served at 3 p.m., before most of the stars have arrived at their table. Without any food to snack on, there’s always the option of sneaking out to the back bar during commercials, which is where many of the attendees camp out during slower parts of the night.

3. Best in show
As guests entered inside the ballroom, they were greeted by a four-legged friend: Bingo, a bomb-sniffing gray lab. He didn’t bark once, but he got petted a lot.

4. Day drinking  
Yes, booze is served on the red carpet, but Sylvester Stallone was one the only celebrity who arrived inside the ballroom still carrying his champagne.

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5. The last ones in
At seven minutes before show time, an announcer begged: “Please find your seats!” The door closed promptly at 5 p.m., and the last celebrities to make it inside before the room went dark were Mel Gibson, Casey Affleck, and Tom Hiddleston.

6. The award for nicest celebrity goes to…
After winning best actor in a TV drama for “Goliath,” Billy Bob Thornton graciously took pictures with fans on the outdoor smoking balcony, as he held his new trophy.

7. The celebrity who didn’t wear socks with his tux…
“Hell or High Water” star Chris Pine displayed his bare ankles, as he spent most of the evening hanging out at the bar.

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8. Other bar regulars?
Before the show had even started, Joel Edgerton (“Loving”) toasted Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley on the patio. By 6 p.m., Chris Hemsworth was waiting in line for a cocktail. “This Is Us” stars Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley ordered a round of drinks together mid-ceremony. After losing best song for “Trolls,” Justin Timberlake headed straight to the bar, where he hung out with Pharrell Williams, while his wife Jessica Biel chatted with other well-wishers.

9. Meryl Streep’s speech was a tearjerker
The most electrically charged moment of the night came courtesy of Meryl Streep. As the montage of all her best performances played, the room applauded the loudest during “The Devil Wears Prada.” Then, after an enthusiastic standing ovation, Streep took the stage where she delivered a speech targeted to Trump (although she never mentioned the president-elect by name). As she closed with a quote from her friend Carrie Fisher (“Take your broken heart, make it into art”), everybody in the room was in tears. Even Laverne Cox, who was watching at a viewing party, admitted later to Variety that she shed tears.

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10. Best presenters
Once again, the Golden Globes outshined the Oscars when it came to their presenters. Brad Pitt made a rare public appearance after his divorce to introduce “Moonlight,” a movie that he produced. Stallone and Carl Weathers staged a surprise “Rocky” reunion. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn had great chemistry — a good sign for their upcoming movie “Snatch.” And Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell had to room roaring.

11. Party time
As the show ended, all the A-list stars fled for the Warner Bros./InStyle party. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively greeted friends. Andrew Garfield, who is prepping for a London stage revival of “Angels in America” (“I’m really excited,” he said), gave a big hug to his pal Eddie Redmayne. Tracee Ellis Ross, celebrating her win for best actress in a TV comedy for “Black-ish,” asked a photographer to snap a shot of her with Viola Davis. Even Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lionsgate, was among the first through the door, instead of hosting his own party. “We’re too cheap,” he confessed with a smile. “That’s how we can make movies like ‘La La Land.’”

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  1. Arlen says:

    Wаy cool! Some extremely valid points! I appгeciate you wгiting this article and the rеst of
    the site is really good.

  2. Taro Yoshida says:

    The movie with Goldie and Amy is Snatched, not Snatch. Does anyone check anything anymore??

  3. Tom says:

    Jimmy Fallon lost the room when he playfully messed up Trump’s hair on the Tonight Show

  4. Dario O says:

    Fallon was thrown off by the non-functioning teleprompter … a pro like Johnny Carson, or Bob Hope, or Jimmy Kimmel, or Conan would have handled it with ease … and made it funny. As for Fallon’s jokes being ‘too soft’ … please. You missed the funniest joke: Hugh Laurie’s perfectly worded joke about this being the last Golden Globes (Hollywood, Foreign, and Press) said it all better than Meryl Streep’s scolding speech.

  5. IT--II--IT says:

    Globalist mafia Intel Hollywood
    —————— – – and its INTER–generational actor –agent – – -‘artists’

    What’s left to say ? – –in this, the mop up phase of RED CHINA handover TREASON
    and POST America ‘put away;

  6. I think what she did was brave. As an online journalist, i believe she stood up for myself as well.

  7. Stoll says:

    Caught at least 5 typos in this, Amy’s new movie is “Snatched” not “Snatch.” Very different. I’ll let you find the others!

  8. aubonpain says:

    I understand that Ms. Streep wanted to make her political point, but here’s the rub for millions of people. Hollywood is rife with its own issues. If you are integrity, you don’t work. If you have serious skills, you lose patience waiting for the bimbos of the casting couch to give up, If you don’t starve yourself, you don’t work. If you aren’t a yesman, you don’t work. If you don’t do drugs, you probably won’t work. I would wonder why Ms. Streep wouldn’t ever mention cleaning up her own professional house first, rather than offend millions of supporters who want the country to do well. Encourage unity instead of this misinformation about the Elect’s actions.

    • jedi77 says:

      “rather than offend millions of supporters who want the country to do well” – two things.

      1: we all want the country to do well, Republicans and Democrats as well as Christians and Atheists and as well as men and women. We just have different ideas about how to bring that about, and what it actually means. And the fact that this often seems to be forgotten, is why the country is divided.

      2: If you were offended by Streeps remarks, Trump should have offended you by his actions and Twitter rants a long time ago. I don’t believe that any Trump supporter can be offended by anything whatsoever.

    • Dunstan says:

      What on earth are you talking about? You don’t have a clue but keep on recycling those tiresome stereotypes and cliches.

      It’s not Ms. Streep’s “house.” She’s not charged with “cleaning it up.”

      Are there abusive situations that take place in the entertainment business? Hell yes. But those same things happen in other fields as well.

      “The rub for millions of people…” You’re truly out of your mind.

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