Forget Christmas in July. InStyle and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association brought the Golden Globes to pre-Thanksgiving week.
A slew of Globes awards hopefuls from both film (Benicio Del Toro, Jason Segal, Bryan Cranston, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sarah Silverman, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen) and TV (Aziz Ansari, Laura Prepon, T.J. Miller, Aasif Mandvi and “Fargo’s” Jean Smart amongst others) made a celebrity stew in time for the holidays on Tuesday night.
Moving to Ysabel, the Fairfax area of Los Angeles hotspot from the same guys as Laurel Hardware, the sprawling indoor-outdoor scene proved to be a deep cross-section of hot projects, with the “How to Get Away with Murder” cast smoking on the elevated terrace, Hulu’s “Casual” creator Zander Lehmann discussing the over-the-top’s hands off style, and TV renaissance men Christian Slater and Fred Savage snapping selfies with on the terrace.
Jamie Foxx hung in a back booth with his daughter Corinne, who was named Miss Golden Globe 2016 earlier in the night. Her predecessor Greer Grammer (Kelsey’s daughter) finally got to enjoy one of these Globes kickoff parties. Last year after her crowning moment, she had to leave for a night shoot.
From the anxious phone call department, Jeremy Piven slid over to greet “Entourage” co-star Constance Zimmer, who with “House of Cards” and “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on top of “UnReal’s” warm reception earlier this year, had a steady stream of pals like Sarah Silverman and Perry Reeves in a Zimmer backroom circle.
By the time the white chocolate chip cookies arrived to chase the mushroom risotto, mashed potatoes and squash on the cold night, Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler had slipped into the mix, joined nearly immediately by party pal Sarah Hyland.
The Golden Globe nomination ballots go out a week from today, Nov. 25 and HFPA President Lorenzo Soria still has some work to do.
Soria has yet to see the three Christmas-arriving awards contenders — Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio, David O. Russell‘s “Joy” with the returning cast of Russell holiday merrymakers, and Miss Golden Globes’ dad’s favorite director buddy Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” — but will be seeing them this week. HFPA voters have until Dec. 7 to return their ballots.
Before the final film screenings, the newly-elected HFPA President’s additional concern lay with a birthday cake. Around 9 p.m. candles emerged on top of sea foam icing for a presentation to the first lady of the HFPA, Lilla Soria Pausits (above right, next to Slater).
As O’Shea Jackson Jr.was one of the last to wind down the night, Hudgens and Butler headed up to Sunset. They would add to the flash bulbs as the famed Viper Room threw itself a relaunch party with X Ambassadors breaking in the new fixtures.