After the Golden Globes were handed out and plenty of Moet champagne was sipped and Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg said good night to the television viewing audience, the winners, losers, presenters and more hit the after party circuit. Here, Variety goes inside to give you all the scoop on the partygoers, the drinks, the menu, the dancing and more…
“You know, this is actually my first time. I’m a Golden Globes virgin,” joked James Van Der Beek on his way into the 20th annual InStyle/Warner Bros. bash. “It was fun to be there with my cast,” added the “Pose” star. “Some of them are first time actors, they crushed it and they deserved to be there. I loved seeing them be recognized, be heard and be seen in all their complexity. That was the most fun for me tonight: To get to watch it through their eyes because I have been to a million award ceremonies.”
His thoughts on this particular one? “It’s a small room and a relaxed crowd because there’s booze and no food. The Hollywood Foreign Press is really fun because they’ve got taste but they’re not elitist. It just kind of works for some reason — I don’t know how or why but it does at the end of the day.”
This wasn’t Sarah Silverman’s first time at the metaphorical rodeo, however. “Oh, my God. Andy and Sandy were phenomenal,” she said of the show’s co-hosts after posing for photos with Janelle Monáe. “I mean, they couldn’t have been more perfect. I couldn’t get the smile off my face watching them. They walked such a cool line: They were hard, they were beautiful, they were hilarious. Loved it!” But did she love the event’s security check-in process, which rivaled JFK Airport after 9/11? “I don’t even want to talk about it,” she said with a sigh.
Fortunately, celeb stylist Rachel Zoe was more than happy to talk about it. “Let’s just put it this way: I’ve been part of the InStyle family from the beginning but honestly, the process tonight?” she said while rolling her eyes. “At the end of the day, this is something that we always came to just to see friends and hang out for a few hours, then go home to bed. But you know, I have a thing where I don’t do shuttles,” she said, referring to the transportation situation for guests who weren’t inside the ceremony. “Once you’re in here, it’s great, but there has to be a better way. I have been coming for 10 years, and I’d just walk in the front doors. This was so many road blocks and barricades and listen, here’s the reality: It’s the state of the world we live in that security around this event has to be what it is, and that’s actually the deeper meaning. It’s just very sad.”
Reflecting on the night’s fashion highlights brought a smile to Zoe’s face. “Julia Roberts looked amazing,” raved Zoe. “She looked cool, she looked radiant, she looked happy. She looked like she didn’t try hard. Who else did I love tonight? Charlize Theron. She was like a tall, elegant, stunning old Hollywood. Gorgeous! There were a lot of couture gowns I wish were on the carpet –maybe we’ll see them at the Oscars — but it was great to see Valentino on Lady Gaga. I love the color, I love anytime someone brings drama.”
As long as it’s not inside a parking garage while waiting in line for a shuttle bus to the Golden Globes, that is. “I mean, there is no better way to take glamour out of a glamorous night than to throw hundreds and hundreds of people in a parking garage,” Zoe quipped.
Other guests included Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Regina King, Adam Driver, Patricia Arquette, Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Richard Gere, Constance Wu, Lena Waithe, Michael B. Jordan, Connie Britton, Michelle Yeoh, Ava DuVernay, Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Allison Janney, and Laura Dern.
And then there was “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Willam Belli, who was wearing the fake boobs that Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine character autographed in “A Star Is Born.”
The menu featured small plates of persimmon, Tuscan kale salad with pink peppercorn vinaigrette and burrata and fig bruschetta, sweet potato bisque, quinoa with roasted winter squash tandoori chicken with Israeli couscous salad, Chilean sea bass with lemon and asparagus, and apple cider braised short rib. For dessert: Mille-foglie with vanilla cream, chocolate royaltine crunch and espresso cups with mixed berries.—James Patrick Herman
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The Stardust was decked out with Amazon logos and big screen TVs displaying the streamers various big-name shows, while the normally outdoor patio had a roof for the evening to keep those in attendance out of the rain while still allowing them a spectacular view of the street below.
Guests were treated to a seafood buffet that included oysters and crab legs, while a second food station consisted of multiple types of pizza and pastas like gnocchi with spicy sausage, lasagna, and four-cheese ravioli.
The entire main cast of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was in attendance, namely Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle and Caroline Aaron, along with series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Series star Rachel Brosnahan, fresh off her win for best actress in a comedy series, held court in the patio area as eager fans lined up to snap photos.
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, the leads of “A Very English Scandal,” also made an appearance, with Whishaw toting his Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a limited series around the event, presented by Audi.
Amazon founder, chairman, and CEO Jeff Bezos circulated throughout the party. The world’s richest man seemed to be enjoying himself among the Hollywood elite while also chatting with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke.
Meanwhile, Timothée Chalamet hit the dance floor early on in the party, still rocking the sequin harness that made him the talk of the red carpet. And while he wasn’t seen on the dance floor, Derek Hough nevertheless appeared at the party as well.
“Crazy Rich Asians” actress Gemma Chan enjoyed some champagne while dancing in her seat at a banquette before heading off to have a bite of pizza at the buffet. “Homecoming” creator Sam Esmail circled the room with Emmy Rossum, as did former NBC boss Robert Greenblatt. “Pose” actors Trace Lysette and Johnny Sibilly made the rounds together.
Several people with projects in the works at Amazon also made their presence known at the party. Heidi Klum, who is working on a new fashion reality series for Amazon alongside Tim Gunn, was spotted near the bar. At the same time, Lena Waithe was making her way through the party. Waithe recently scored a two-season order for a horror anthology series at Amazon called “Them.”—Joe Otterson
9900 Wilshire Boulevard
Netflix’s shindig saw more rose champagne streaming than the company’s original content, and for good reason. They dominated the Globes with three wins on the TV side and two on film.
To toast big winners like Michael Douglas and creator Chuck Lorre of “The Kominsky Method,” director Alfonso Cuaron of “Roma” and the surprise win of Richard Madden for his sleeper hit “Bodyguard,” Netflix did not skimp on an exclusive and standalone buildout — just a few steps across from the driveway of the Beverly Hilton on the old Robinsons-May lot.
Servers in crushed velvet blazers, hunter green with bedazzled piping, slung classic cocktails like Negroni and pressed-juice gimlets while waiters circulated with apps — including vegan options, like faux-chicken bites on warm pita and crunchy veggie tacos.
Kate Beckinsale made new friends in rapper Machine Gun Kelly and “SNL” star Pete Davidson, huddled close on an outdoor patio with drinks for most of the evening — but not before Davidson put in some face time with boss Lorne Michaels.
Plenty of people schmoozed with top Netflix boss Ted Sarandos, including “At Eternity’s Gate” director Julian Schnabel and actor Willem Dafoe, and Joe Alwyn and girlfriend Taylor Swift (whose “Reputation” concert special is airing exclusively on the service).
Milk Bar cookies and a mobile makeup station added nice touches to the space, but were mere distractions from the serious dance party going down. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher broke it down to Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” while the likes of Idris Elba, director Jon Chu, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, Zoey Deutch, Danielle Macdonald and Jamie Foxx looked on in awe. — Matt Donnelly
The Fox Terrace, Rooftop
The Golden Globes may be all about film and television, but it was music that stole the show at the joint Fox and Hulu post-awards ceremony celebration.
Just hours after Taylor Swift sent “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss a message thanking her for listening to her music on-set and saying she’d love to meet her someday, the singer popped by the party that was also honoring her boyfriend Joe Alwyn‘s film “The Favourite.”
Swift chatted with Olympian Missy Franklin and, according to a source, told her that when she was younger she wanted to be an Olympian. Meanwhile, Alwyn stuck close by his costars at the event, including Olivia Colman, who kept her Golden Globe close, and Nicholas Hoult.
Swift drew a lot of attention, but so did drama film winner “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The team behind the film, led by star and film drama actor winner Rami Malek held court in a corner of the party with Queen singer Brian May. At one point a semi-circle four people deep formed around the group as attendees snapped photos.
Queen’s music also proved to be a big hit when DJ Alex Merrell spun one of their tunes. The dance floor was a hot spot well into the night, with “Pose” stars Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson strutting their stuff. Their first season FX drama didn’t win Sunday, but the Globes was just the start of their awards season, and they were in good spirits, with Jackson continuing to dance as she made her way out of the party.
Cocktails were flowing, even if they weren’t themed to nominated projects such as “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Isle of Dogs,” or “Atlanta” (although those who were drinking vodka were still on-brand for television drama winner “The Americans”). Guests could also enjoy an outdoor coffee and hot chocolate bar as they mingled and munched on crab cakes.
New Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier made a brief appearance before having to hop a flight, while co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden and exiting co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman stayed well into the night, chatting outside under heat lamps as rain began to fall. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” star and limited series/tv movie actor winner Darren Criss caught up with “Insatiable” star Debby Ryan. The two drew a lot of attention on social media last fall as they traveled to the iHeartRadio Festival together, and they spent awhile chatting in front of cameras again here, with Ryan holding Criss’ trophy.
Continuing “Versace” executive producer Brad Simpson’s award acceptance speech message about representation, executive producer Nina Jacobson confirmed to Variety that she is involved in the Women in LA and Women and Hollywood initiative #RememberTheLadies. “We just need more f—ing women nominated,” she said.
While “Versace” is up for a couple of upcoming SAG Awards, Jacobson admitted she is more focused on newer properties at the moment. “I’m really hoping ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ sees nominations at the Oscars,'” she said of the movie she produced. “And then hopefully seeing a second wave for ‘Pose’ with people who may be just discovering it now for the first time.’ It’s been great to see Billy get recognition, but all of the women are just so fantastic, too. I really have a soft spot for MJ [Rodriguez]. I just think everything she does is magic.”
NBCUniversal Golden Globes After Party
Jean-Georges Restaurant, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
“Andy KILLED IT!” exclaimed Terry Crews, who was proud of his “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Andy Samberg’s hosting gig on Sunday night. “Those jobs are not easy!”
Crews wasn’t the only one giving high marks to Samberg and Oh at the NBCUniversal party, held right after the Globes telecast. “I thought they did an incredible job,” NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks told Variety. “They were funny and charming, and I thought the opening was hilarious. They were great all the way around. And I loved the poignant moment at the end with Sandra as well.”
The always friendly and energetic Crews had reason to be in high spirits: He hosts NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which premieres Monday, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returns this Thursday on its new Peacock network home. “I’m having the week of my career,” he said.
The overall mood was celebratory inside the Jean-Georges Restaurant, particularly as “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly walked in with his family — and two new Globes, for best motion picture (musical or comedy) and best screenplay. “I’m so excited for what it means for the movie,” said Farrelly. The filmmaker’s kids, who wound up on the Globes stage with the film’s cast and crew, admitted they were “terrified” by the moment. “We were pulled up in a rush,” said Farrelly’s daughter Apple.
As the DJ spun classic ’80s pop and hip-hop tunes, partygoers dined on Jean-Georges cuisine rigatoni with veal meatballs and smoky tomato ragu, wood-roasted beef tenderloin, and the restaurant’s signature citrus salad. Then there was the sushi buffet: Celebrities spotted dining on spicy tuna and the like included Adam Driver and wife Joanne Tucker.
Elsewhere, “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels held court in one booth while nursing a pink-colored beverage, while Spike Lee stopped by to say hello to Charlize Theron as Jamie Foxx milled about. Lee and Bill Murray (still holding the champagne chalice he brought on stage) were spotted chatting, and others who dropped by the party included Octavia Spencer, Linda Cardellini, Sterling K. Brown, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Justin Hartley, Jason Blum, and “BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington chatting up Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. —Mike Schneider
Circa 55, Beverly Hilton
HBO chief Richard Plepler was in possession of the best cocktail party gossip of all on Sunday night at the cabler’s post-Globes bash — a few details on the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Read about his comments on the highly anticipated six episodes here.
HBO didn’t have its biggest night at the Globes — the company’s only win came for Patricia Clarkson for “Sharp Objects” — but the party was packed as usual. Clarkson finally got her bite (she told reporters backstage that she hadn’t had “a bite or a breath” in days) as she celebrated with showrunner Marti Noxon, star Amy Adams, and others from the series.
Kieran Culkin of HBO’s “Succession” made the rounds, collecting compliments for the first-year drama about a venal family of media moguls. Mahershala Ali, who stars in the new season of “True Detective,” made a big entrance with his Globe win for “Green Book.”
Tiffany Haddish and Regina King, a winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” shared a few hugs and squeals, after King finished a huddle with Plepler that looked very much like the two were talking about some future business.
Candice Bergen, Laura Dern, Ava DuVernay, Jason Blum, Pete Davidson, Lakeith Stanfield, and Patricia Arquette (a winner for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”) were also among the revelers.
John Stankey, the new boss of HBO parent company WarnerMedia, was also on hand to survey the after-party scene at his first Golden Globes. He praised the performance of HBO’s management team during the past few months as the erstwhile Time Warner has been absorbed into the AT&T universe.
After months of “getting to know each other,” the marching orders for 2019 are very clear. “It’s now about execution,” Stankey said. — Cynthia Littleton
Golden Globes Award Celebration
The HFPA’s official viewing and after party was the place for winners — because that’s where they got their statuettes inscribed at an engraving station on an elevated platform at the back of the soiree.
Chaos ensued when a winner came through using the same entrance as the steady flow of servers and bussers.
Rachel Brosnahan and her entourage walked past the platform, before turning around after realizing they were going the wrong way.
A staffer tried her best to keep onlookers away from the door, eventually succeeding by enlisting several others to direct people away from the entrance.
Glenn Close arrived with her longtime agent Kevin Huvane. The “Wife” star chatted with Christian Bale, who was already having his trophy inscribed. “Today’s” Natalie Morales and Dave Karger finally pulled Close in for an interview after having to dodge several photographers on the platform.
Also getting their trophies personalized (and polished by staff wearing white gloves and using soft blue cloths for shining) were “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Jeff Bridges was the next to arrive, quickly prompting a round of applause from guests. Unfortunately, his brother Beau Bridges wasn’t recognized by staffers and was told he could not join his sibling at the engraving station.
Darren Criss kept hydrated by a bottle of Fiji water while at the station. Richard Madden filmed his engraving on his iPhone and Olivia Colman quickly wiped her hands on her dress before being handed her statuette.
The party featured poster size blow ups of photos from past Globes ceremonies, including pics of Sterling K. Brown, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and the cast of “Big Little Lies.”
The buffet offered mini teriyaki turkey burgers and scallions on steamed buns, firecracker popcorn shrimp served with creole dip, white truffle parmesan tater tots and waffle fries.
The music from deejay Coco was a fun mix of new with some old dance classics, including Crystal Waters’ 1991 track “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless”). — Marc Malkin