Four thousand glasses of champagne, secretly smuggled ham sandwiches and a room full of shocked A listers: the Golden Globes didn’t fail to disappoint.
The starry crowd inside the room at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night was either stunned by the huge snub for “A Star Is Born,” wondering if they could join Jeff Bridges on whatever he’d imbibed, or pondering if Chrissy Metz really did call Alison Brie a “bitch” on the red carpet. Here’s what happened inside the traditionally boozy start to awards season.
Nicole Kidman, nominated for best actress for “Destroyer,” owned the red carpet. Kidman, enjoying yet another big career moment, towered in a shimmering sequined skintight maroon gown by Michael Kors as she held hands with husband Keith Urban.
Kidman took her time charming the press while Halle Berry — who seemingly never ages – was rushed past by a stressed-out publicist. Meanwhile, Amber Heard’s aides checked the actress’ teeth before approaching the first bank of photographers.
Screams and cheers were heard on the carpet — but not just from the fans. Many of the TV crews had the Bears/Eagles game on live, while uber-agent Ari Emanuel walked the red carpet watching the game on his phone.
Fresh from the holidays, the celebs were ready and willing to enjoy the 125 cases of Moët champagne magnums stretchered into the room and adorning the tables. That’s nearly 4,500 glasses of bubbly in three hours — before you even get to the open bar.
So Chrissy Metz could be forgiven for apparently calling Alison Brie a “bitch” on a hot mic during a red carpet interview — but the “This Is Us” star spent the rest of the night apologizing, insisting she actually said Brie was “hot” and even privately saying sorry to a baffled Brie herself.
While all the big announcements happen on the broadcast, the ad breaks give the stars time to get up and mingle. Idris Elba was seen congratulating the cast of “Roma,” Penelope Cruz was chatting with Edgar Ramirez and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ diamond and emerald earrings looked large enough to sink the Titanic. When asked by Page Six if the jewels were her own, Zeta-Jones, with her Globe-winning husband Michael Douglas, who picked up a gong for “The Kominsky Method,” said, “Oh my goodness no, I couldn’t possibly. They are borrowed from Lorraine Schwartz.”
Dinner is over by 4:30 p.m. — when most of the nominees are busy on the red carpet — so “Can You Ever Forgive Me” best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy somehow snuck in a box of ham sandwiches and was seen giving them out to the famished stars on the top tables.
But all was not happy at “Barry” nominee Henry Winkler’s table. When a female reporter approached to congratulate someone else seated nearby, his actress wife Stacey Weitzman shot her a filthy look and mouthed the word “gold digger” to her husband.
However, the award for most sweet and genuine audience reaction went to co-host Sandra Oh’s adorable dad, Joon-Soo Oh, who jumped to his feet in joy to applaud when she won her Golden Globe for best actress in a drama TV series for “Killing Eve.”
“A Star Is Born” leads Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were positioned in prime front seats in the room and poised to take home all the awards amid much hype, and they weren’t the only ones shocked when “Bohemian Rhapsody” snatched the big ones from under their noses. They ended up with just one award for best song for “Shallow.”
One powerful Hollywood insider said, “Bradley’s face dropped faster than my Apple stock. Warner Bros. clearly thought they had it all sewn up.”
And on the subject of stock, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was so popular at the bash that he was swarmed for selfies backstage.
As at all good parties, a lot of the action took place in the bathroom. In the ladies’ room, a helpfully stationed crew of Revlon hair and makeup artists provided touch-ups and other crucial assistance. “Marvelous Mrs Maisel” Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan was seen getting her lipstick reapplied before her big moment, while another woman was being sewn back into her dress, and yet another lady was completely topless having her pasties re-adjusted.
Back in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Jeff Bridges’ rambling acceptance speech gave many an ample chance to join the rush to the open bar.
There, on the bar terrace, “The Bodyguard” star and Golden Globe-winner Richard Madden was seen holding his award and accepting numerous requests for selfies from fellow guests, including one very tall member of the Hollywood Foreign Press who boomed in a Russian accent, “This is for my wife.”
The Scottish actor seemed genuinely surprised at his win, saying, “I really, really didn’t see this coming.” When asked about the speculation that he could be the next James Bond, Madden responded modestly, “It’s just rumors.”
Christian Bale – who took home the gong for best actor in a musical or comedy for Vice – was overheard talking to Hollywood execs on the red carpet in a hammed-up Cockney accent that resembled Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.
A far cry from the well-spoken little boy who starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun”.
As the night wound down, Taraji P. Henson was stuck in the ladies toilet, having changed into a stunning slinky yellow dress, complaining that her jacket was missing. She bemoaned, “Someone took my black leather jacket. I’m going home if they don’t find it.” Her pals crawled under the now empty tables in the ballroom, but the jacket was nowhere to be seen.
Last to leave was Globe-winner Patricia Clarkson, who was reapplying her lipstick, as her publicist listed off the six parties she was due to attend next, having given us perhaps the most memorable line of the night. After being named as best supporting actress in a limited series, Clarkson thanked her “Sharp Objects” director, Jean-Marc Vallée: “You demanded everything of me, except sex, which is exactly how it should be in our industry.”