The Friday arrival of the biggest name ever to attend a Golden Globe party rendered the rest of the weekend’s guest list a bit anti-climactic.
Prexy Bill Clinton dropped by Phoenix Pictures’ annual Globes reception, hosted by Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and Ron Burkle at the latter’s Greenacres mansion (44 rooms, 26 baths, quiet and private w/unobstr’d vu.)
The prez came in at 11:15, made small talk in the foyer (“He just says, ‘Hello, how are you?'” is Penelope Cruz’s recollection of her presidential encounter), then sauntered down a hallway — past the Degas and the Monet into the drawing room where the Hockneys hang — for a half-hour schmooze with a privileged few before leaving for David Geffen’s, where he laid the First Head on a pillow.
The following evening, the Talk magazine party that Tina Brown hosted at the Mondrian Hotel saw its guest list swell to 800, including Peter Fonda, LL Cool J, Elizabeth Hurley with Hugh Grant (whom she calls “Mr. Grant”), Eric Idle, Neil Jordan, Donna Langley, Art Linson, Steve Martin and Val Kilmer.
The scene spilled out of the Asia de Cuba restaurant and onto the patio and into the pool area. U’s Al Perry said the party was “a little New York, a little L.A. and a lot of South Beach. What it needs is a lot of Berlin.”
Brown said she decided to throw a Golden Globe party because the awards show has “a charming quirkiness” that combines “intimacy and laid-back razzmatazz without the tension and pretension of the Oscars. The Globes have the excitement without the freight.”
The editor added: “Who takes any of it seriously?”
That would be anyone nominated, related to anyone nominated, or working for a studio, production company or agency with anyone nominated who was at the Beverly Hilton Sunday.
At Trader Vic’s, DreamWorks’ had the biggest star power, with studio honchos Steven Spielberg, Paul Allen and Geffen, plus guests including Tom Cruise, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Courtney Love, Michael J. Fox, Sigourney Weaver and Michael Stipe.
The party even had “The Hurricane” director Norman Jewison coming up to “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes and graciously saying, “I just wanted to congratulate you. You did so good.” Mendes, obviously impressed at meeting Jewison, replied, “I grew up with your movies.”
Over at Griff’s restaurant, HBO was celebrating its eight awards with 500 guests including execs Jeff Bewkes, Chris Albrecht and Colin Callender, plus “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” casts, Halle Berry, Liev Schreiber and Ridley Scott.
Speaking for HBO, which was a happy camp, Albrecht compared the awards to “a great Italian meal where every course just got better.”
Next door, Disney had set a lavish tent over the Aqua Star Pool with Plexiglas flooring over the blue water. One guest was a bit shy about walking over the see-through floor and out to the railing that leaned over the water. “I saw ‘Deep Blue Sea,'” he said. “It got me worried.”
Among those on hand were execs Peter Schneider, Dick Cook and Geoff Ammer, plus guests Russell Crowe, Jodie Foster, Michael Mann and Richard Farnsworth.
Across the hotel lobby, Warner Bros. and InStyle magazine shared a sophisticated white tent — also with a see-though floor over a pond where koi swam — in the Palm Court. Guests included execs Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Marisa O’Neil, mag editor Martha Nelson, and guests Billy Crystal, Hilary Swank, Martin Sheen, John Burnham, Chris Fenton and Mark Ordesky.
On the Hilton’s rooftop, Sony set an elegant tent and had the night’s best band, Red & the Redhots, playing jazzy swing. Among those within earshot were execs John Calley, Amy Pascal and Gareth Wigan, plus guests Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder and Globe-holders Angelina Jolie and Pedro Almodovar.
Paramount and Miramax shared the Stardust Room for a glamorous party hosted by Par’s Sherry Lansing, Jonathan Dolgen and Rob Friedman, and Miramax’s Bob Weinstein, plus guest Anthony Minghella, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sydney Pollak and Keri Russell.