If the Golden Globes can be understood as a fizzy, feel-good alternative to the sober valediction of March’s
They are where Hollywood's A-list heads immediately following the congratulatory scrum to loosen black ties and kick up heels.
Held at venues throughout the sprawling Beverly Hilton Hotel complex Sunday night, just a short stroll from the Globes' ceremonial ballroom, these exclusive events offered a high-volume pileup of boldfaced names and celebrities that spanned the cultural spectrum, encompassing moviedom, television and pop music, often in bizarre combinations.
With unlimited gratis cocktails and tables decked with high-end nibbles — gold leaf-flecked s'mores! spicy tuna hand-rolls! — all contained within the Hilton's pop-up environment, where erstwhile parking lots and sleepy restaurants transformed into mega-wattage star chambers, you had the kind of air-kissy spectacle that defines Hollywood glamour for so much of the world.
Even so, a kind of FOMO — Fear of Missing Out — hung over guests, compelling many to hop between the five competing parties, herding up elevators and shuttling along corridors like so many ants in an extremely glitzy terrarium.
Less than half an hour after the Globes telecast wrapped, “
"Anything! I'll take anything!" Paul shouted. He looked relieved to be quickly handed a glass of bubbly.
Pushing through a restive crowd dense with famous faces, “Inside Llewyn Davis” co-director/writer
When talk-show host
"I'm sorry man, I can't," Maher was heard to say.
Over-capacity became an abiding concern Sunday, with some celebs effectively edged out of the parties honoring them. Exhibit A: “Fruitvale Station” actors
Pounding dance music is a staple of Globes after-parties. But try telling that to “
"I don't know why they play the music so loud," Fellowes said as he departed the giant plastic tent erected in the parking lot of the hotel's lounge, Trader Vic's. "This is music for 16-year-olds and everyone here is over 40."
Well, almost everyone. When she wasn’t boogeying alongside model-turned-actress Jamie King and 17-year-old “True Grit” star
U2 won the original song Globe for "Ordinary Love," featured in Weinstein Co.'s "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." And while Bono said he enjoyed working with studio boss Harvey Weinstein because of his penchant for socially relevant films, the rock frontman and the famously combative movie mogul share other cultural convergences too.
"What people forget is that Harvey started as a rock promoter," Bono said over the din. Indeed, Weinstein and his brother, Bob, parlayed the money they made promoting concerts in the 1970s to crack into the movie biz.
French “Before Midnight” writer-star
At NBC/Universal/Focus Features/Chrysler’s after-party inside a vast tented enclosure atop a hotel parking garage, “Modern Family” costar
By 11:30, chauffeured golf carts were still ferrying guests to a bash held by Fox and FX adjacent to the Hilton in a parking lot for the long-shuttered Robinsons-May department store. The premium vodka continued to flow and hors d'oeuvres trays continued to issue forth from kitchens. But the crowds were noticeably thinner, any air of FOMO-driven urgency to the festivities having dissipated.
And the star power was gone. VIP guests including director
There were, of course, after-after-parties to get to.
Times staff writers Amy Kaufman, Jessica Gelt and John Corrigan contributed to this report.