This was Jessica Chastain after the three-hour Golden Globes had wrapped Sunday night. She was taking a breather at the Warner Brothers and InStyle magazine after party at the Beverly Hilton.
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Awards shows can take their toll on our working thespians, even if they only require them to smile gamely when cameras are aimed at them and schlep from after party to after party.
“And I’m only going to two awards shows this season!” the actress said as she picked on a plate of sushi. “I don’t know how I kept up the pace the last two years. This year, all I had to do was give Matthew McConaughey an award.”
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The bash, which was competing for star power with parties by The Weinstein Co. with Netflix, HBO and NBC, was one of the first stops of the night for many, including Amy Adams, Jared Leto and Elisabeth Moss, each lugging around spiffy new Globe trophies, and Uma Thurman, Usher, Taylor Swift, Miranda Kerr and Olivia Wilde.
Ben Affleck, Sofia Vergara, Emily Mortimer and that infamous party animal Diane Keaton made both the Warner Bros. and the HBO parties. Lady Gaga made sure to have her picture taken at the HBO and NBC red carpets, though she didn’t seem to have stayed for long at either.
Inside Warner’s space-themed bash (a nod to the studio’s film “Gravity”), Greta Gerwig and Kate Mara cut a rug on the dance floor, where Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were already shimmying and kissing to “Into the Groove.”
The party was momentarily shut down as it reached capacity, leaving scores, including Molly Sims and Erin Wasson, waiting in a line that snaked down the hall and into the lobby. “It’s not worth it, turn around and go home,” joked Chris O’Donnell on his way out. “They’ve run out of drinks and there’s no water.”
NBC, the broadcast home of the Globes and the Olympics, drew athletes and TV greats — hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Michael J. Fox, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels and Nastia Liukin and Jason Collins.
“I’m going to go all night long,” declared Betsy Brandt, Fox’s costar on his namesake sitcom.
HBO, typically a powerhouse at the Globes — it walked away with two prizes from nine nominations — always has an easy time pulling some of the biggest names in attendance, and this time was no different — winners McConaughey, Michael Douglas and Jon Voight, as well as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Allison Williams, Emilia Clarke and, somewhat incongruously, Mike Tyson.
The party’s decor at the Hilton’s Circa 55 restaurant — a cheetah-print arrivals line, gaudy chandeliers — was as flamboyant as the network’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” whose costumes were on display by the bar.
“We’re having a big one tonight,” said Margot Robbie, the female lead in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” when asked how late she intended to stay out. Earlier, Leonardo DiCaprio had picked up a prize in the best actor, comedy, category. Robbie was on her way to join her director, Scorsese, and costar Jonah Hill.
“Until the sun comes out,” she continued. “I said, ‘No one at our table is allowed to go home until I go home, and I don’t like to go home until the sun comes up.’”