Hollywood rarely goes off script during the forced march of awards season. But the Golden Globe Awards, where giddy and often booze-fueled stars roam the halls of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, is a rare evening of spontaneity in the season. Here are a few moments from behind the scenes.
Plenty of industry insiders mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the semi-serious group of journalists that confers the Globes. (Even telecast co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took a crack).
But the HFPA found a staunch defender Sunday night in none other than Bono, who urged reporters backstage to take the ceremony more seriously.
"We kind of laugh about the foreign language press, [but] we have values in European cinema," the U2 frontman said after the band's original song, "Ordinary Love" from the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was named the best of the year. "We see things differently. It's just a different aesthetic. I think the Golden Globes is really important for that."
After winning the Golden Globe for best screenplay, "Her" writer and director Spike Jonze admitted backstage that his future-set romance between a man and an operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson has at least one digital detractor.
"Siri is not happy, is that right?" Jonze said. "She's a little jealous of Scarlett."
In a bit a of well-timed press room traffic, Amy Adams was patiently waiting her turn on the podium after winning best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in "American Hustle." Jonze beckoned the actress, who also plays a supporting role in "Her," to share the stage, calling her his "secret weapon."
"Let me introduce Amy Adams," Jonze said.
Adams claimed to have had no inkling she'd nab the Globes statuette.
"I don't think about that," she said. "I worry more about the red carpet. I know that sounds silly. I feel so self conscious! But when that's over I relax...
Drink a lot of champagne. But get home with some dignity. My team is laughing now but they're like, 'Please don't close the party down Amy!"
While backstage, some actors talked fashion. Jon Voight, moments after accepting a Golden Globe for supporting actor in a TV series for his role in Showtime's "Ray Donovan," explained the mystery behind the scarf that has become his red carpet staple. In a nutshell: his neck was too big for a shirt collar.
While getting ready for an Academy Awards ceremony of yesteryear—he couldn't pinpoint the year—Voight realized his shirt collar was too tight, and had his driver stop so he could purchase a scarf.
"I put it on thinking I could get away with something," Voight said "... The next day, the fashion police said, 'Only Jon Voight can get away with an open shirt. He was absolutely dazzling'… I've worn it ever since."
Jared Leto, on the other hand, wasn't interested in talking style.
When a journalist backstage asked the actor, who had just won a best supporting actor trophy for "Dallas Buyers Club," about his two-tone hair dye-job, saying, "Jared, your ombre hair -- ," Leto interrupted, "Next question."
Matthew McConaughey, arriving backstage in a velvet green tuxedo after winning best actor in a motion picture drama for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club," took time to reflect on his career, contrasting his run of recent acclaimed films against a time when he wasn't so gainfully employed.
"I have been chosing roles that shook my floor, choosing directors that have vision and choosing [to portray] men with real identities," McConaughey said. "With all these characters is an obsession. If I have that, I have my monologue as an actor. I can know the guy's secret. I don't know if that's a zone but I know it turns me on."
Playing a hedonistic criminal had an impact on Leonardo DiCaprio, who won best actor in a comedy or musical for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street."
"It was like a giant adrenaline dump," DiCaprio explained."Thank God none of the attributes of this character rubbed off on my real life because I probably wouldn't be standing here today."
"Wall Street" marks the fifth collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese – the actor said he was "thankful Martin Scorsese is still this punk rock and vital at 71 years old."
Cate Blanchett took a gander at her recent acquisition—a best actress Golden Globe for her lead role in "Blue Jasmine"—while pondering how she'll celebrate her win.
"I guess I better put my name on this before they take it away from me," the actress said.
Additional reporting by tag Amy Kaufman, Chris Lee, Yvonne VillarealCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times