Hollywood was hopping on Saturday, January 7, with parties all over Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and more to celebrate Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil, Chris Beachum, and Marcus James Dixon were making the rounds to see many of the nominees congratulating each other and the pre-awards show glamour of the weekend for the top films and televisions of this past year. Here is our Saturday report of the all-star Hollywood parties for BAFTA-Los Angeles, “La La Land,” and Paramount.
BAFTA TEA PARTY AT FOUR SEASONS:
Many of the Golden Globe nominees took to the red carpet of the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, but just as many took a few photos and headed straight into the party for the British tea service and cucumber sandwiches. We interviewed seven of this year’s contenders (see links below) before entering the party ourselves. We saw Best TV Supporting Actor competitors Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and John Lithgow (“The Crown”) being chummy in advance of Sunday’s showdown. Songwriter nominee Justin Timberlake (“Trolls”) was holding court with such fans as Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”) and her new beau Joe Jonas. “Stranger Things” youngsters Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard were hanging out together, as were “Westworld” co-stars Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood.
Others seen at this big annual event: Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”), Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Simon Helberg (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”), Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, and Jeff Nichols (“Loving”), Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins, and Naomi Harris (“Moonlight”), Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”), Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”), Lily Collins (“Rules Don’t Apply”), and Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)
BAFTA TEA PARTY RED CARPET INTERVIEWS:
Caitriona Balfe, nominee for Best TV Drama Actress in “Outlander”
Lily Gladstone, awards contender for “Certain Women”
Cuba Gooding, Jr., cast member of Best TV Movie/Limited Series nominee “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Justin Hartley, cast member of Best TV Drama Series nominee “This Is Us.”
Shawn Levy, producer of “Arrival” and producer of Best TV Drama Series nominee “Stranger Things”
Viggo Mortensen, nominee for Best Film Drama Actor in “Captain Fantastic”
Lucas Jade Zumann, cast member of Best Film Comedy/Musical nominee “20th Century Women”
“LA LA LAND” PARTY AT CECCONI’S:
The cast and crew of awards season favorite “La La Land” gathered at the popular West Hollywood restaurant on Melrose. Lionsgate’s Julie Fontaine was beaming as swarms of selfie-seekers wanted photos with stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Director and writer Damien Chazelle couldn’t get much past the front door because the Oscar voters, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, and other party-goers were asking so many questions. Composer Justin Hurwitz wanted to know from us where his score and original songs currently stand in the predictions charts. Legendary Disney composer Richard Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) was also on hand to show his support for the modern-day musical.
PARAMOUNT PARTY AT CHATEAU MARMONT:
Paramount is enjoying one of its greatest awards cycles, and the talent on hand to celebrate just off the Sunset Strip was impressive. Denzel Washington, director and star of “Fences,” was quietly discussing his film up against a curtain hideaway. When we asked him about possibly winning his third Oscar, he politely waved off the idea. His co-stars Mykelti Williamson and Stephen McKinley Henderson were glad to chat about their roles. Amy Adams was thrilled to hear Dixon say that “Arrival” was his favorite movie of 2016 and was charming everybody in sight. Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) arrived at the event but couldn’t make it too far into the room after being swarmed by well-wishers, but she still made photos with many. Co-star Hugh Grant wanted to know more about his chances for Sunday’s Golden Globes, while Simon Helberg enjoyed chatting about his surprise nomination. And Christian Slater had his fingers crossed that his “Mr. Robot” co-star Rami Malek would win the Golden Globe after losing last year.
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