Last year, the Golden Globe’s after-party theme was frustrating chaos; this year, it was fun chaos.
The big change: only one party (In Style) in the BevHilton’s Oasis Courtyard. In 2005, there were two in the area, so the bottleneck of dual fiestas using the same entrance vanished.
This year, the parties were spread evenly throughout the hotel, with U/Focus/NBC atop the parking garage.
Holding the night’s top award for film drama, “Brokeback Mountain” producer (and Focus co-topper) James Schamus said: “When anyone says ‘Oscars,’ I put my hands over my ears.”
Asked about pushing the Globes to Monday, NBC’s Jeff Zucker said there was no question it was the right decision. “Look at the competitive landscape,” he said. “Football playoffs and a strong ABC lineup — the move paid off.”
As for the show, U’s Marc Shmuger said, “It’s interesting to see the Globes take a turn toward independent films.” But Jeffrey Katzenberg said he wouldn’t make any predictions based on the winners. “When you try to predict the Oscars, all you are is sorry,” he said.
Downstairs by the pool, HBO’s Carolyn Strauss said Globe night was a success because “anytime I can be in the same room with Catherine Deneuve it’s a thrill. She doesn’t generally travel in my circles.”
HBO Films topper Colin Callender said his favorite moment of the weekend came Saturday when someone went up to Philip Seymour Hoffman and said: “You were one of the best things in ‘Capote.’ ”
“One of?” asked Callender.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein may have a new company, but they used their old haunt — Trader Vic’s — for their post-Golden Globe bash.
Their party is notoriously popular on the awards circuit, and the siblings received plenty of well-wishers and congrats for Felicity Huffman‘s “Transamerica” win.
In Style/Warner Bros. transformed their ground-floor space at the BevHilton into a blue nightclub, complete with a live band and George Clooney serving as the party’s centerpiece.
New Superman thesp Brandon Routh, on the other hand, was able to walk around the fete relatively incognito. Though onlookers noted that would certainly be different come next year.
Fox was upstairs in the Stardust Room, where co-chair Jim Gianopulos said, “To get nominated is the respect of peers and people that matter. To win is exceptional.”
Upon making a stop at the Fox party, Reese Witherspoon was smothered by the press. She was whisked downstairs to the U/Focus/NBC party with hubby — and “Crash” co-star — Ryan Phillippe in tow.
As they arrived, a security guard asked Phillippe for his pass, and he said: “My wife is my pass” and sailed by.
Much later, after even the CAA party at Chaya had petered out, diehards headed for Prince‘s BevHills manse for a private fete. Mariah Carey made an appearance, as did Ludacris and Adrien Brody. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh grooved to the 11-piece salsa band (which became 12 when the Man himself joined in on the electric guitar.)
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz hung out in a booth near the dance floor, intermittently mingling with Prince as well as Chris Rock, Terrence Howard (who danced with Hayek) and “Crash” helmer Paul Haggis.
Regarding his formidable kudo competition, Howard said, “I used to be a boxer. I’d like to get into the ring with Joaquin, Heath and Phil.”
Close to 3 a.m., as some folks were departing, Prince partiers were still being minivan-ed up to the driveway; among them, Natalie Portman and “Hostel” helmer Eli Roth.
(Sharon Swart, Pamela McClintock and Anthony D’Alessandro in Hollywood contributed to this story.)
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