Not that the awards show isn’t a party in and of itself, but once the Golden Globes ceremony was over Sunday, stars set forth in the Beverly Hilton hotel in search of more action. Some, like Claire Danes, still had work to do. The night’s best actress in a made for television movie winner was seen chugging a Budweiser in the press room before going into one-on-one interviews. Afterward, the “Temple Grandin” star swung her statuette around like a baseball bat while husband Hugh Dancy smiled.
“It’s been a fun night,” he said. “I just really hope nobody comes knocking on our hotel room door to get these clothes back the next day. That would be cruel.”
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Each star made an obligatory stop at his or her respective studio party, such as Annette Bening, who arrived first, with Warren Beatty in tow, at the NBC Universal-Focus Features party on the roof of the hotel’s parking structure. Bening’s “The Kids Are All Right” co-star, Mark Ruffalo, talked up her win for best actress in a comedy or musical to reporters.
“I think Annette Bening’s performance was so wonderful because she was willing to tell the truth about that character with pure love and without any judgment — and she is just a goddamn great actress,” Ruffalo said before promptly adding: “We’re going to eat, drink and be merry. Maybe [my wife and I] will make out in public a little bit.”
There were plenty of opportunities for intimate moments at The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media’s party, held in the lounge Bar 210 (formerly Trader Vic’s), where the DJ spun indie music such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros before transitioning into Stevie Wonder later. Michelle Williams and her date for the night, “Dawson’s Creek” pal Busy Philips, chatted in a corner while “The King’s Speech” co-stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush celebrated the former’s win for best actor in a drama with glasses of Champagne.
The tented entryway at the joint bash held by InStyle and Warner Bros. at the Oasis Court swelled as best actress in a drama Natalie Portman made her way through accompanied by fiancé Benjamin Millepied, who served as statuette holder for the evening. Portman was followed by Tilda Swinton, who actually stood in the same spot for two hours, sharing a plate of shrimp with her date while watching Robert Pattinson and the “Glee” and “Modern Family” casts float by.
“I actually feel like dancing,” Ty Burrell told his wife as music blared. Others, such as Anne Hathaway, parked on one of the leather sofas on the party’s mezzanine level to take in the scene, which included Globes veteran Elijah Wood being hassled by servers.
“I’m actually turning 30 this month,” he said after being asked for his ID when ordering a cocktail.
At HBO’s poolside party, Thomas Jane summed up the evening.
“Everybody pretends like they’re having fun but this is work,” he said. “We’ll eat a little bit, but we want to be seen by people who are going to give us a job and then we go home. That’s why this thing exists for us.”