The closest thing seasonless Los Angeles has to a social season is the few days leading up to the Golden Globes. While Talk and its fabulous Saturday night Globes eve bash might have bitten the dust, the parties have only proliferated — kicking off the Wednesday before with a fashion show and luncheon thrown by In Style at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “Don’t think we’ll ever stop judging your outfits,” quipped In Style’s Hal Rubenstein. Indeed, the fashion circus went into high gear that night at a cocktail party hosted by W and DeBeers, for which hostess Julianne Moore sported a necklace from the new collection. “My baby daughter is really attracted to shiny things, and I like them too,” she said. “This time of the year I lead a double life — jeans and Frye boots during the day and diamonds and dresses at night.”
Friday night private parties fueled the action as producer Jane Rosenthal feted “About a Boy” star Hugh Grant on the patio of Ago. The movie’s directors Paul and Chris Weitz were on hand, Chris with girlfriend Heather Graham. “Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers” director Jay Roach stopped by with wife Susanna Hoffs, who told friends that her old band The Bangles has regrouped and will have a new album out this spring. And director Nancy Meyer told Mira Sorvino about her latest movie, in which Jack Nicholson plays a man who loves to date younger women (shocker!) until he falls in love with girlfriend Amanda Peet’s mother, played by Diane Keaton. Across town, Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith got jiggy — literally — with Queen Latifah at a raucous party at Cicada, during which Smith jumped on stage and rapped while Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, John C. Reilly and Brooke Shields boogied to the beat.
An old school crowd of a different sort gathered at Barbara and Marvin Davis’ house to honor Michael Caine — Anjelica Huston and Robert Graham, Jackie Collins, Joanna and Sidney Poitier, Harvey Weinstein, Quincy Jones, Aaron and Candy Spelling, and “The Hours” screenwriter David Hare, whose wife, designer Nicole Farhi, spilled a drink on Shakira Caine. Farhi apologized by saying, “When you’re in London, pop into my store and pick out a new coat.”
As subdued as HBO’s dinner party was at the Chateau Marmont on Saturday night, it had its moments. In the drama category: What could happen if Helena Bonham Carter crossed paths with Lisa Marie? They hadn’t been in the same place together since filming “Planet of the Apes,” let alone since the British vamp went for Tim Burton and split up Hollyweird’s favorite director-muse couple. And in a comedy/musical moment: the late-night crew who refused to leave, including China Chow, Roman Alonso and Amy Sacco, got their kicks watching Sophie Dahl compete with a waitress for the attentions of Colin Farrell, despite having a boyfriend nearby. For his part, Farrell brought out his guitar and strummed a few tunes.
Meanwhile, way, way up in the hills Mike and Irina Medavoy hosted their eighth annual blowout. Queen Latifah belted out her “Chicago” showstopper “Mama,” while power couples Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson looked on. But it was Bono who kept social ladies like Jamie Tisch drooling.
Of course, by the time the actual Globes came along on Sunday, everyone was raring to hit parties in the Beverly Hilton. “I think I’m ready to have myself a glass of champagne,” declared Renée Zellweger.