LOS ANGELES—Ben Affleck stood from the sidelines and watched intently proper earlier than presenter Brie Larson introduced the greatest actor-drama nominees. When she mentioned, “And the Golden Globe goes to … Casey Affleck,” Ben clapped vigorously for his youthful brother’s victory.
Meryl Streep wrote beforehand her transferring, terrific acceptance speech so it was on the teleprompter. But the newly minted Cecil B. DeMille recipient knew her remarks from her coronary heart and thoughts—she simply glanced at the prompter sometimes.
Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig’s hilariously bleak introduction of the greatest animated image nominees was amongst the present’s greatest and funniest moments, too, making the star-studded viewers chortle a number of instances.
Those had been amongst the sidelights of the latest 74th Golden Globe Awards held at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Earlier in the day, we occurred to be in the ballroom as the last rehearsal and preparations had been underway. The opening clip—a primary in the Golden Globes’ historical past, which often doesn’t have an enormous manufacturing quantity—was proven as a part of the technical rehearsal.
When the clip—an enormous, joyous ode to “La La Land” and different nominees was over, even the waitstaff—who paused placing silverware on the tables bedecked with roses, and watched—clapped.
From our vantage level—proper at the begin of the red carpet, the place the stars and nominees bought off from their limos, Town Cars and SUVs, we had a
probability to see these abilities primp earlier than they face the phalanx of media from throughout the world. It was that essential minute to repair the décolletage or artfully showcase these legs from daring slits.
For occasion, the equipment of nominee Pharrell Williams, trying like a maharaja in white jacket (from the 2012 Paris Bombay Métiers d’Art present, in keeping with Vogue), bought tangled with the purse of his spouse, Helen Lasichanh. So the couple needed to untangle themselves earlier than they proceeded to the media line.
Fil-Am Hailee Steinfeld arrived trying gorgeous in a flowing custom-made robe by Vera Wang. It was touching to see her dad, Peter Steinfeld, kneel down and organize the sheer practice of the robe of his daughter, a first-time Golden Globe nominee for “The Edge of Seventeen.”
Call it serendipity, however someway, Hailee and her costars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in “True Grit” (which earned Hailee her first Oscar nomination at the age of 14) ended up collectively at the red carpet entrance. The three had a joyous minireunion.
The procession of stars was so fast-paced that it was virtually a blur. But amongst the standouts had been Naomi Campbell, Gwendoline Christie (at 6’three”, she’s at all times a towering presence in Hollywood occasions), Olivia Culpo, Lily Collins, Kerry Washington, Ruth Negga, Regina King, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Tracee Ellis Ross and Naomie Harris.
Standout had been Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman (blooming in her being pregnant) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening—who appeared the half as Hollywood’s royal couple. Mel Gibson got here together with his girlfriend, Rosalind Ross, who can also be pregnant.
Stars heeded the admonition to return early this 12 months, in time for the 5 p.m. begin, so by four:35 p.m., the screams from the followers in the bleachers began to die down as the final of the limos arrived. In earlier years, the A-listers had been nonetheless coming in even 5 minutes earlier than showtime.
Once inside, Hollywood’s glitterati ate salad, filet mignon and roasted Chilean seabass, a trio of dessert, washed down with champagne, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.
There had been a number of eloquent acceptance speeches, together with Hugh Laurie, who ripped Republican lawmakers and President-elect Donald Trump.
Meryl Streep, in her by now viral acceptance speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award, bought the viewers in the ballroom to be quiet. She bought many misty-eyed, together with Kerry Washington, along with her highly effective remarks criticizing Trump.
After that gorgeous speech, we someway discovered the temper to attend the six after-parties, all inside the Hilton’s premises. Past midnight, we lastly loosened up and busted some dance strikes.
Our visitors this 12 months had been “Grimm” star Reggie Lee, Hollywood government Fritz Friedman, LA-based singer actress Giji Kocher (previously Djhoanna Garcia), actor-photographer Bryan Geli, publishers and present producers Norberto “Jojo” Reyes and Mildred Deang, and Doctor Jeffrey Krebs.
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