While viewers tuning into the Golden Globes on NBC Sunday saw no shortage of veiled Donald Trump references from host Jimmy Fallon, emotional speeches from stars such as Meryl Streep, Ryan Gosling and Viola Davis, plus a couple of accidental “Hidden Fences” references — they didn’t get to see any of the behind-the-scenes action that TheWrap’s party reporter Mikey Glazer did.
From the time the nominees started arriving to the moment they darted for the exit after the last award was handed out for Best Drama “Moonlight,” here’s what you didn’t see on TV during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Kerry Washington does not begin the red carpet parade by stepping out of a car. Instead, she emerges from the guest room elevators into the lobby of the Beverly Hilton to head for the carpet. The “Scandal” actress introduces her husband to Niecy Nash when they bump into each other after a few steps. “Hello husband, nice to see you again,” Nash says.
“Hacksaw Ridge” producer Lauren Selig greets Billy Bob Thorton, nominated for “Goliath,” in the lobby. Thornton shrugs off a “good luck” from The Party Report.
“Bob Odenkirk is going to win it. [Regardless,] you got to put on the suit,” he says. He was wrong. Thorton is part of the upset first act when he won the Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama award. Aaron Taylor Johnson was also a sleeper surprise by winning the Supporting Actor honor for “Nocturnal Animals.”
Janelle Monae pauses before entering the ballroom to spray pefume on each side of her neck. Always dressed only in black and white, Heidi Klum (also in black and white) slips by Monae sipping Fiji water through a straw. Monae’s perfume, like her presence, lingers near the entrance.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos is one of the first to take his seat at the “Manchester by the Sea” table. A few tables over, Octavia Spencer is seated and waiting for neighbor and former “The Help” co-star, Jessica Chastain. There is a “vegan” placard next to Chastain’s seat assignment.
Producers are flashing the lights inside the ballroom promising a “very special opening.” “PLEASE” find your seats,” they say.
Jeffrey Tambor bows and kisses Warren Beatty’s hand when they meet up in an aisle. Beatty returns the gesture, kissing Tambor’s hand back.
The opening montage kills in the room. The biggest pop is the “Barb is still alive” joke, closing the thread from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”
During the first commercial break, J.J. Abrams leans over a half wall showing photos on his phone to Chris Hemsworth, Lorne Michaels is chatting with Bob Greenblatt, and Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Anna Kendrick are locked in an animated conversation.
Ryan Gosling’s poignant acceptance speech referencing Eva Mendes and her late brother plays as well in the room as it does on TV. It feels like the whole industry is behind “La La Land.” The film and everyone associated with it feels like “the home team.”
During a commercial break, Evan Rachel Wood smokes a cigarette outside in the off-camera terrace, while Billy Bob Thorton poses for photos with his shiny new Globe nearby.
Pharrell Williams, Timberlake and Biel have all the social gravity in the off-camera lounge, and their huddle by the bar causes a traffic jam. When Chris Pine joins, it gets worse. Nearby, starving guests have ravaged deli plates, a Lindt chocolate bar and Lavazza espressos. There is also a dedicated quick serve Moet champagne bar.
Jeffrey Toobin consoles his “People v. O. J. Simpson” colleague Sterling K. Brown on not winning. “Not winning a Golden Globe is the definition of a first world problem,” Toobin says.
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During the commercial break after Meryl Streep’s historic speech, Sarah Paulson stops “Atlanta’s” Brian Tyree Henry. “I want to introduce you to my best friend who loves you more than anything in the world,” she says. Don’t we all?