With a dress by haute couture designer, Shekhar Rahate and sapphires by new Australian company, Reign, mined exclusively in Australia (the world’s first miners-to-retail model for sapphires), I was feeling downright regal at this year’s Golden Globes. If one is going to wear a dress with a train – and did I have a train?! – who better to have it stepped on than the likes of Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Lady Gaga and MiNDFOOD’s favourite Downton Abbey girl Joanne Froggatt?
The red carpet was as hectic as ever, with talent and handlers making their way past the extremely vocal members of the public who’d secured bleacher seats and then the bank of photographers followed by an endless line of reporters from all over the world representing TV, online and print outlets. As the clock ticked towards the 5pm start time, activity on the carpet became even more frenetic. The bigger the name, the later they want to arrive. Michael Fassbender was neither late nor picky, chatting animatedly with a slew of reporters. He was solo though. Girlfriend Alicia Vikander joined him at their table inside. David Hasselhoff was also very amenable, happily chatting to anyone who wanted to talk about his new show Hoff the Record – which seemed to be most people. Harrison Ford, on the other hand, apparently spoke to noone but walked at a breakneck pace towards the entrance, clutching wife Calista Flockhart’s hand. Rupert Murdoch held hands with Jerry Hall and walked almost as fast, also chatting with noone. I looked for Brad Pitt, having decided he could step on my train any day, but couldn’t find him. (Not all stars walk the red carpet.) I had to settle for Jon Hamm, a winning choice as it turned out since he won a Globe (Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama).
The show itself – three hours long – whizzed past. Sitting out of camera range means easy access to the very busy food and bar area. It seemed some guests didn’t watch the show at all but spent the entire time schmoozing there instead. And we could forgive Aaron Sorkin – he’d won already [Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for Steve Jobs] and was being congratulated by friends. Quentin Tarantino hadn’t won anything but was chatting to everyone animatedly.
It’s at the post-show parties that the action really hots up. Lady Gaga was so anxious to get to the Fox party to celebrate her surprise win for American Horror Story that she fell over. We chatted and she told me how grateful she was for my vote and how this was one of the best nights of her life – until she fell over presumably. Also at the Fox party, acting quite friendly, were Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, and the most in-demand guest of the night, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama winner, Leonardo DiCaprio who was surrounded by potential well-wishers. At the InStyle/Warner Brothers party, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian swanned down the black carpet almost unnoticed. As soon as she set foot inside the party, Kylie took a selfie of herself in the mirror. Old habits die hard, it seems, even on Golden Globes night. Downton Abbey’s Joanna Froggatt posed for photos with friends at the event photo booth while tech entrepreneur Elon Musk stood chatting at the bar.
Not everyone got to party after the award show itself. Michael Fassbender and girlfriend Alicia Vikander enjoyed only a brief reunion before hopping on separate planes back to their film sets right after the show – he to London and she to Las Vegas. Matt Damon was also hopping on a plane back to work, but not before he held court at the Fox party, where everyone wanted to touch his Golden Globe. About 11pm, news of David Bowie’s death reverberated through all the parties, with many guests refusing to believe the news. Once the sad news was confirmed, party DJs started spinning classic Bowie tracks. At the HBO party, which saw the likes of Harrison Ford and Jon Hamm in attendance, guests danced to a whole medley of hits including Let’s Dance, Modern Love, China Girl and Rebel Rebel. Of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, the show must go on, and the parties did.