The top invites, people, parties, and places to be prospecting for champagne around the Golden Globes ceremony. TheWrap's Mikey Glazer is on the scene
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2013
Tuesday, January 7
*NEW* Tribute to Stephen Frears and ‘Philomena’
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
Frears, Judi Dench, and Steve Coogan at the top of awards season, in Venice.
On “Oscar-nominating-ballots-due-eve”, the American Cinematheque hosts a tribute to the director of “The Queen”, “The Grifters”, the forthcoming Lance Armstrong biopic, and his Globes, SAG, and Critics Choice nominated, “Philomena.”
*NEW* Broadcast Film Critics Association Celebration of Black Cinema
House of Blues, West Hollywood
It's not just “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station,” and “The Butler.” The BFCA's Joey Berlin and Sam Rubin (co-Executive producers of this first time event) note that 40 notable films opened in 2013 primarily written, directed, and/or produced by black men and women. Stars of the doc “20 Feet From Stardom” will perform.
Thursday, January 9
W Magazine Best Performances Issue Party
7 p.m., Chateau Marmont
W's Stefano Tonchi and Lynn Hirschberg, along with hospitality czar Andre Balazs, embroider their annual globes celebration that has traditionally been a tight circle. Cadillac and Dom Perignon are in as sponsors.
Audi's Golden Globes Cocktail Party
7 p.m. Cecconi's West Hollywood
The Dan Tana's of awards week parties – classy, crowded, and consistent. No more Sunday night scheduling for this staple that is a near carbon copy of their pre-Emmys party at Cecconi's. Four nights later its still a kickoff, but now for the actual weekend. This always draws well.
Not this year: Critics Choice Awards on Globes Weekend
Last year, the early Oscar nominations and Critics Choice Awards landing on the Thursday before Globes weekend sucked the awards wind out of Globes weekend early. This year, the Critics Choice and Oscar nominations fall a week later on January 16.
Friday, January 10
*TOP Invite* AFI Awards Luncheon
Four Seasons, Beverly Hills
Bradley Cooper and Matthew Weiner at the AFI Awards Luncheon 2013.
If your favorite part of the Globes is the five-second commercial bumpers of celebrity B-roll of intra-table mingling (or any event for that matter), you'd be crazy to sit and eat at this one. On your feet … everyone.
The highest population density of creative star power in a tiny room, singling out no one individually but rather the “collaborative nature of our industry” and the “community's creative ensembles as a whole,” this huddle has the credibility and distinction of awards season in a distilled format.
It's the 10 films and 10 TV series that “mark a moment in time.” It's also one of two or three rooms of the year where being a civilian feels awkward.
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards
Sunset Marquis Hotel, 6.p.m.
It's the only other yet-to-be-revealed voted awards of the weekend, and Cate Blanchett will make the first of her two country-of-origin appearances here. “American Hustle” made a clean sweep – nominations in every single category. “12 Years a Slave” runs a close second in the awards voted by 80 of Australia's filmmakers and executives. The show airs in Australia two days later. In its third year, the Australian version of the Oscars (not the international ones given here) fall over a three day mid-week period in Sydney at the end of January. It's summer there. Start checking kayak.com.
DVF Journey of a Dress Opening Party
Wilshire May Company Building (near LACMA), 6067 Wilshire Blvd
Diane von Furstenberg and pals toast to 40 years of the wrap dress. No arguments here on celebrating anything named “wrap”. Expect a bit of fashion week in the middle of globes weekend.
CNN Worldwide All-Star Party
Poolside at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena
“Waiter, there's a TCA in my Golden Globe.”
Yes, there is.
In addition to Anderson Cooper and Jeff Zucker (above, at a CNN shindig last spring) Wolf Blitzer, Piers Morgan, Sanjay Gupta, Christiane Amanpour, Nancy Grace, Newt Gingrich, and new recruits Rachel Nichols (who would likely have been somewhere freezing covering the NFL playoffs had she not left ESPN), the spectacled S.E. Cupp (formerly of MSNBC) and Morgan Spurlock (still everywhere) add spark to the perimeter of Globes weekend in the middle of the cable portion of the TCA.
Soho House, West Hollywood
Saturday, January 11
Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch
Boa, West Hollywood, 11:00 a.m.
This casual brunch is a warm up for the 2014 Spirit nominees who will gather in the tent on the beach on March 1, seven weeks later on the day before the Oscars. It doubles as grant-day. Film Independent hands out $75,000 to emerging filmmakers amidst above-the-line superstars from the indies over some of the top food of the weekend.
Kate Hudson and Lupita Nyong'o at W Magazine's party Thursday night.
Lupita Nyong'o is the guest of honor at the new entry hosted by Jason Binn and his co-editors-in-chief, Nicole Vecchiarelli and Keith Pollack.
*Top Invite* BAFTA Los Angeles Awards SeasonTea
Four Seasons Hotel, 2-5 p.m.
Everyone shows up, and this is the type of crowd you're in. Above, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Weinstein, and Meryl Streep at a recent BAFTA Awards Season Tea.
Craft, Century City
The now largest talent agency in the world hosts an intimate dinner for its Golden Globe nominees at Tom Colicchio's Century City staple.
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
InterContinental, Century City, 7 p.m.
Winners on-hand will include Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett, Adele Exarchopoulos, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong'o.
The Art of Elysium Heaven Gala
It's Linda Perry's version of “Heaven” at the annual gala, where Steven Tyler will perform. Jeffrey Best and Brent Bolthouse produce the event, where Hayes MacArthur and Ali Larter take the 2014 “Spirit of Elysium” award. Tickets are still available at $5000/each, and tables from $15,000-$25,000.
G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala
JW Marriott at LA Live
Cate Blanchett is the most on-the-nose choice for any Australian flavored honor this awards season, but she's just a presenter to Geoffrey Rush. Jacki Weaver, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, John Travolta, and Ryan Kwanten are expected downtown.
Sean Penn & Friends “Help Haiti Home”
Montage, Beverly Hills, 7 p.m.
The “friends” are Bryan Lourd, Giorgio Armani and Roberta Armani, as well as the aforementioned Anderson Cooper, who hosts. Awards season guest stars coming out include Rainn Wilson, Diane Kruger, and David Spade. Potential stage-time at the Globes awaits for J/P Haitian Relief Organization supporters Michael Douglas, Steve McQueen, and Idris Elba on Sunday, but Kyra Sedgwick has a lock — her daughter Sosie Bacon is Miss Golden Globes and will be planted on stage all night.
CBS TV and Films
Soho House, West Hollywood
Three nominations for “Inside Llewyn Davis” and five for the TV side split between “The Good Wife” and “The Big Bang Theory”.
Sunday, January 12 – After the Show
Between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., the three hours immediately following the telecast, there are over 6,000 carousers on site at the Beverly Hilton. For big parties, it's all the same players as usual – HBO, Weinstein, InStyle, Fox, and NBCUniversal.
Fox's joint party across the driveway in the parking lot of the old Robinson's May building is technically “off-site” and not part of the Hilton. For the other major events, there's no outside catering, even after serving the afternoon “lunch/dinner” at the Globes.
Anyone who needed even a quarter-inch of the hotel had to book it a year in advance. Entertainment news outlets have swiped up any remaining suites and cabanas.
AMC, Sundance Channel, Sundance Selects, and IFC Films
Stardust Penthouse, 8th Floor, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
This inner sanctum viewing party on the top floor flies under the radar. It's not only heavy on cast members, it's heavy on nominees. All of the AMC networks have nominations in the ballroom below, and this clubby indoor/outdoor pre-game wraps up in time to hit the blockbuster bashes below.
*Top Invite* HBO
*Top Invite* Weinstein
Former Bar 210 Space and Giant Tent
Taylor Swift and Lee Daniels at the Weinstein holiday party.
The most oh-wow of all the guest lists.
With a 2013 family of films, casts, musical contributors and surrogates from Denzel Washington to actual washingtonians like Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, and John McCain who have on-boarded with the Weinsteins this season, I'm predicting U2, Oprah, Taylor Swift, Jane Fonda, Mandela offspring, and the usual spread of tabloid fixtures.
Roof of the parking garage
Jimmy Fallon, Bob Greenblatt, and Lorne Michaels at last year's NBC Globes party.
A month before the Sochi Olympics, NBC is working in a “Gold meets Golden” section to their pan-corporate party. Super producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall head up a host committee that includes Kobe Bryant, Kerry Washington, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sofia Vergara, Chelsea Handler, and Mark Wahlberg.
InStyle Warner Bros.
A view of last year's InStyle spread.
The bottle neck line to leave the lobby by the bar is headed here. Tom Ford builds the tent around the hotel's fountain. It's the 15th time they've thrown this party, this year with both returning DJ Michelle Pesce and a band. People (e.g. Sofia Vegara) dance here.
Old Robinson's May Parking Lot
Like NBCU, this is a pan-corporate family reunion. Fox Broadcasting (the TV), Searchlight, Fox Studios, 20th TV, 20th TV International, and FX band together for the party that requires you to walk outside (gasp!) for 50 yards.
Amy Poehler and (Jon Hamm/Tina Fey) Late Night at Soho House?
After last year's Globes, hosts Amy and Tina kept their hosting hats on. After the Emmys, Amy and Jon Hamm made losing cool at the most sought after late-night. No word yet on what's in store for early Monday morning atop 9200 Sunset.
CAA (Part II)
Sunset Tower Hotel, Late
As I've said before, on both Globes night and Oscar night most of the top tier have only one line after departing this capper: “home please.”
Suites and Swag
HBO Luxury Lounge
Saturday, January 11, Four Seasons
Heavy on HBO talent, but a few others from major shows and films turn up at the hotel that is an awards weekend hive.
DPA Gift Lounge
Thursday-Saturday, Luxe Hotel, Beverly Hills
Top Swag: Hotel stays in Bora Bora, Easter Island, and Costa Rica. They don't come with any airfare, but they also don't require any goofy staged press photos either. Guests and wrangling by Nathalie Dubois.
Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar
Friday-Saturday, Prive Salon West Hollywood
A beauty oasis on Beverly by appointment. There is makeup, a braid bar, manicures, and some gifting as BMF Media controls the door.
StyleLab Jewelry Suite
Thursday-Friday, Beverly Hills (location withheld for security)
Because of the value of the jewelry on hand, I can't say where for safety. It's a pull-suite for carpet bling, not gifting. Expect a lot of stylists and some hands-on talent making last minute pick-ups from designers like Farah Khan. Niki Ostin at PR Lab handles the RSVP's.
Updates to come…
Photo Credits: Cooper/Weiner by AFI; Anderson Cooper/Zucker by David S. Holloway/CNN; NBC by Trae Patton/NBC; HBO and InStyle Atmosphere by the author, all others by Getty Images.