The 2019 awards-show season officially kicked off Thursday as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association literally rolled out the red carpet for this weekend's Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Co-hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg were on hand to do the honors alongside this year's Golden Globe ambassador, Isan Elba, the 17-year-old daughter of actor and upcoming Coachella DJ Idris Elba.
The Stardust Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, where a throng of lifestyle influencers and various media types including the Merrell twins (whose Youtube channel has nearly 4 million subscribers), Alex Michael May and Stella Simona) sipped on bubbles courtesy of Moet & Chandon, and enjoyed a brunch-y lunch of comfort food favorites.
Looking chic in an ice blue coat and cream trousers by the L.A.-designed Vince label, Elba channeled effortless style as she moved through the carpet-unrolling ceremony and upstairs to the ballroom for the luncheon in her honor. Fresh off a trip to Ghana over the holidays, Elba was fighting off a cold as the flurry of pending activities threatened to put a damper on her dream birthday weekend. (Today marks her 17th birthday.)
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In the final days before the Golden Globes, the staff at the Beverly Hilton transforms the hotel for the event.
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Ahead of Sunday’s show, several members of the staff pulled the curtain back for The Times on just what it takes to make sure the hotel is Golden Globes-ready.