Frustrated revelers grumbled about the Golden Globe lines, but if you did manage to get inside this weekend’s parties — and that’s a big if — there was certainly fun to be had.
The In Style/Warners soiree featured a tremendous band that seemed adept at everything from Motown to Springsteen. Even Time Warner topper Richard Parsons was up dancing.
Clint Eastwood sidestepped the entrance gridlock to hold court in a VIP zone, while Zach Braff and Jason Bateman mingled nearer the band.
Jim Carrey apparently wasn’t quite as lucky breaching the line into the NBC U bash — one event organizer whispered he was turned away, but then again, he didn’t win. Victorious Jamie Foxx did make it in, however, and was surrounded by a crush of revelers.
Over at Trader Vic’s, even Bob Weinstein and Marc Forster were hassled by security before being allowed into the VIP area for the Miramax/Glamour bash.
When Harvey Weinstein arrived a half-hour later, he refused to call the bash, which could be the last Miramax Golden Globe soiree, bittersweet. Instead, he focused on “Aviator’s” triumphs.
“It is not about bittersweet, it is about the movie,” Weinstein said. “It is not about my career, it is about Marty Scorsese.”
Scorsese, who walked in just behind Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Mann, said he “didn’t quite believe” he had won best picture. “I was very happy for Leo. I (wish) John Logan and Cate Blanchett had won, too, but that is the nature of what happens,” he said. “You know this is the first time for me — very first time best picture anywhere.”
Longtime Miramax ally Quentin Tarantino refused to fret over the end of the studio’s festivities. “It’s the last Miramax party co-financed by Disney, but it’s not the end of the Miramax parties, baby!”
“I don’t think with Miramax it is ever the last party,” concurred Blanchett.
“There is a lot of room in Hollywood,” pointed out fellow reveler Scarlett Johansson. “It is survival of the fittest, and I think Harvey and Bob will be surviving. They are on the good end of the stick.”
Down at HBO’s party in the Griff’s restaurant-pool area, topper Jeff Bewkes said he likes the Globes because you can see the “exchanging sensibilities” that exist now in entertainment between film and TV.
Near the pool, Bray Grey said he was “exited and invigorated” by the prospect of his new job at Par. “I want to make it a creative hub.”
Revelers had to use an elevator to gain access to the Fox Searchlight Pictures, FX and Fox TV party at the Stardust; when the party was too full, no elevators ran.
The night before the kudocast was not without its festive flurries. On Saturday afternoon, BAFTA/LA put on the kettle for 400 revelers at its annual tea party. “We’re British,” said chair Gary Dartnall. “What more reason do you need?”
That night, MGM/UA toasted its “Hotel Rwanda” nominees at Jar, where MGM’s Chris McGurk touted the ability to “point the public’s consciousness towards the Rwandan genocide at the same time something similar is going on in Sudan.”
Paul Rusesabagina, whom Don Cheadle portrays in the films, said he found the whole experience “surreal,” but as a former hotel manager, he’s enjoyed checking out all the five-star establishments in which he’s been staying as they promote the film.
HBO Films’ party at the Chateau Marmont on kudocast eve was almost as overbooked as those the following night.
When James Gandolfini entered the main room, he turned to a friend and said, “How about we go back to the hotel?” Then he ended up staying for hours.
Walking through the room were Harvey Weinstein and HBO’s Chris Albrecht. Albrecht said he prefers this award weekend because, “apart from this second, the Globes are more mellow than the Oscars.”
(Jill Feiwell and Diane Garrett contributed to this report.)