Inside the A-List Event Parties 2018

Isabelle Huppert (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

Film and TV stars plus network execs took over the red carpets leading up to Sunday night’s 75th annual Golden Globes. The Hollywood Reporter‘s team went past the velvet rope to take you inside this year’s hottest events (see the complete party guide).

Below is a rundown of all the action.

Party: BAFTA Tea 

Players: Jordan Peele, Armie Hammer, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Aaron Sorkin, Gary Oldman, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Timothee Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Naomi Campbell, Emma Watson, Nick Jonas, Sam Rockwell, Isabelle Huppert, Allison Janney, Mary J. Blige, Amy Landecker, Bradley Whiford, Laurie Metcalf, Eiza Gonzalez, Joseph Fiennes, Brooklyn Prince, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Gillian Anderson, Kyle MacLachlan, Katherine Langford, Sebastian Stan, Willem Dafoe, Diane Warren, Freddie Highmore, Megan Mullally and David Harbour.

Place: Four Season Hotel Los Angeles

Spread: Somebody tell Mariah Carey she should’ve stopped by because there was plenty of tea. It was hot tea, too. Up for grabs on the beverage menu was classic PG Tips, Tetley and green as well as coffee, while adult beverage choices included Tanqueray, Ruffino Chanti and Pinot Grigio. Food choices like smoked salmon on brown bread, open-faced coronation chicken sandwiches, traditional English cucumber, cheddar cheese tomato chutney on brown bread, egg and cress salad on white bread, roast beef and mustard on rye and Welsh rarebit.

Inside Dish: “The blacker the better,” answered Amy Pascal when THR asked for her tea preferences. “I love tea.” Same for her party pal inside the Four Seasons ballroom, The Post screenwriter Liz Hannah. Pascal produced the Steven Spielberg film, which was celebrated Friday night at a private buffet-style reception inside the penthouse at Chateau Marmont. Pascal tells THR that Colleen Camp and David O. Russell hosted the “wonderful” party together. “Nobody throws a party like Colleen!” Pascal noted. (Another source said guests included Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay, and others.)

Nobody throws a party like BAFTA L.A. which is always great for spotting stars catching up with new or old friends, and Saturday’s fete offered combos like Katherine Langford and Nick Jonas; Kumail Nanjiana and Emily V. Gordon locked in a convo with Sam Rockwell; and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos holding court with Mary J. Blige and her Mudbound director Dee Rees. “I love seeing people I admire,” Rae tells THR. ” I just got to see Daniel Kaluuya and exchange a couple of words. I love seeing people I’m a huge fan of, and when alcohol is involved, you feel like you can approach them.” Hence why her tea of choice is “tea with bourbon.”

The Insecure star was dressed in a canary yellow design by Rosie Assoulin because “I love this color,” Rae explained, before confirming that she will be wearing black on Sunday. “I am going to be in solidarity with all my sisters tomorrow for the cause. I’m thinking of it as a black funeral — a celebration. We’re celebrating what will be, the death of something old. It feels like there are so many action points that feel attainable. Black represents unity. It’s not boring. Black represents a reemergence, a shedding of skin in a very positive way.”

Diane Warren is never boring, either. “Do they have coffee here?” asks the superstar songwriter, making the rounds for her unifying jam “Stand Up for Something.” “Do they have Ice Blendeds? Is there a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Ice Blended stand around anywhere?”

From left: Timothee Chalamet, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel and Daniel Kaluuya
From left: Timothee Chalamet, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel and Daniel Kaluuya
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Party: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch

Players: Sean Baker, Daniel Kaluuya, Timothee Chalamet, Luca Guadagnino, Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Jordan Peele, Matt Bomer, Marisa Tomei, Lynn Shelton, Nnamdi Asomugha, James Franco, Geremy Jasper, Lois Smith, Chloe Zhao

Place: Boa Steakhouse

Spread: Tray-passed Hors d’oeuvres including eggplant tapenade, crab cakes, polenta cake, mini-burgers, chocolate mousse, chocolate cakes, gold flaked cheesecake, along with a breakfast buffet of bacon, pan-crusted whitefish, eggs Benedict and fingerling potatoes. The mimosas were flowing along with the coffee.

Inside Dish: Less crowded than it’s been in recent years, the Indie Spirits nominees brunch still had plenty of the biggest names in indie film from the past year chatting it up during its annual Saturday morning brunch, where the organization also gave out $150,000 worth of cash grants to five filmmakers.

Get Out stars LilRel Howery and Betty Gabriel were some of the earlier arrivals, with Gabriel stopping to sign autographs and take photos with fans on her way into the event.

Matt Bomer and Call My By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino chatted in one corner of the room while Black List founder Franklin Leonard was talking to Big Sick co-writers Emily v. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani.

As John Cho took the stage with Alia Shawkat to announce the grant winners, he was heard whispering “I just saw Marisa Tomei. I’m very excited.”

While the presentation took place in the patio, inside, Disaster Artist star James Franco and Effie Brown chatted and wrapped up their conversation with a hug.

Several of the nominees arrived late into the party, including Call My By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, who received multiple hugs as he walks through the crowd — and stopped to greet fans waiting outside on Sunset Boulevard upon his exit.

Daniel Kaluuya followed soon after, reuniting with his Get Out co-stars, who had celebrated their film the night before as an intimate party at Sunset Tower.

Near the end of the event — before most attendees headed to the annual BAFTA Tea party — Chalamet, Kaluuya and Najiani posed for photos, and then fellow nominee Salma Hayek joined, organizing a group photo before chatting with Chalamet for a while. As the part wound down, Lois Smith exited, and signed a few autographs for the eager crowd waiting outside. — Rebecca Ford and Mia Galuppo.

Laura Dern (left) and Billie Lourd
Laura Dern (left) and Billie Lourd
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PartyMoët Moment Film Festival Celebration

Players: Festival judges Billie Lourd, Laura Dern, Anke Hoffman of the HFPA, producer Leslie Urdang and Sharon Badal of the Tribeca Film Festival, Jamie Chung, Handmaid’s Tale’s Amanda Brugel and Nolan Funk.

Place: Poppy

Served: Fried polenta with red sauce (“It’s a marinara-y sauce,” said one waitress) and vegetable rolls as well as plenty of Moët & Chandon champagne served in gold plastic goblets.

Inside Dish: The event, toasting the third annual Moët Moment Film Festival, a competition for aspiring filmmakers to create 60-second shorts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes, got off to a wet start when couches had to be removed from the club just minutes before the festivities began because they hadn’t dried from their cleaning earlier in the day after a party from the night before went to about 5 a.m.

The Moët guests were greeted and checked in at Poppy’s front entrance, which was decorated for the night with an overhang of fake white flowers and line with black, white and gold signage.

Towers of gold Moët & Chandon bottles were placed around the club. A waiter popped a magnum of the bubbly on the red carpet followed by overzealous partygoers trying to get him to fill their gold goblets.

At the bar in the front of the club, someone was pouring champagne on the Ken doll-like figurine that stars in the gay parody Instagram account The LA Basics.

About an hour into the bash, Moët & Chandon USA VP Renaud Butel spoke during a brief presentation featuring a viewing of last year’s winning films. “I have a question for you, do you remember how your career in the film industry started?” Butel asked from a raised platform next to the deejay booth. “Most importantly, do you remember who was there to support you? Because today, more than ever, we have the power to support emerging talents. All of us here in this room have this power. This festival started as a love story between Moët & Chandon and cinema. The cinema is about feelings, it’s about sensations and I understand tonight that Moët is also about feelings, sensations, happiness [and] joy.”

Lourd told The Hollywood Reporter that she was “shocked but honored” when she was asked to be a judge. “It’s going to be so much fun,” she said. “I can’t wait to see all these films… These people are probably going to be way better than anything I could ever do.”

No doubt, Lourd will take advantage of her new pull with Moët & Chandon. “I like a morning champagne kind of thing,” she said, before quickly adding, “Not too early in the morning. Like a mimosa brunch, something classy like that.”

As for the Globes on Sunday, Lourd will keep it “mellow” by watching the big show at home and ordering in some Chinese food with her dad, CAA’s Bryan Lourd. She’s rooting for Lady Bird. “I love Lady Bird,” Lourd gushed. “I’m obsessed with Lady Bird.”

On the television front, she’s rooting for Evan Peters for his work in American Horror Story even though he wasn’t nominated. “I’m devastated,” Lourd said. “I feel like I’m always doing campaigns for Evan. He really should win everything. I love him.”

The Star Wars actress was tightlipped about her next role (“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say yet,” she said), but she did confess she has superhero aspirations. “I’d love to play a superhero,” Lourd said. “Like hopefully it will happen tomorrow. Let’s find me a superhero role!”

Jamie Chung will be party hopping on Sunday — as she should be. She created Moët’s custom cocktail for the Globes.

“There are two things that I love–Moët & Chandon Imperial and tequila,” said the actress, whose Fox series The Gifted was just picked up for a second season. “I mixed the two together and you know what? It actually does work. You add fresh squeezed blood orange juice and a little bit of honey. I wanted to go a little spicier but they were like, ‘No, let’s go sweet,’ so we added a candied orange in honor of the diamond anniversary of the Golden Globes.”

Chung doesn’t think the seriousness and importance of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement will diminish the Globes’ celebratory atmosphere. “These kinds of events have always been a platform for people to politically speak their mind,” she said. “Historically, it has been an opportunity for us to use it as a platform.”

Brugel thinks the black dresses will hit the perfect tone. “I love it,” she said. “I think it’s a fabulous statement. I don’t think it’s anything that’s too aggressive but it’s impactful. I can’t wait to see everyone and what they’re wearing and all their different variations. I don’t know necessarily that it’s something that has to continue on for years and years but the fact that everyone banded together so quickly, I think it’s remarkable.” — Marc Malkin.

James Franco and Emilia Clarke
James Franco and Emilia Clarke
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Party: W Magazine Best Performances

Players: Hosts Stefano Tonchi and Lynn Hirschberg alongside cover stars Sam Rockwell, James Franco, Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Brooklynn Prince, Salma Hayek, Daniel Kaluuya, Jim Belushi, Hong Chau for the magazine’s “Best Performances” issue. The Thursday evening soiree became date night for many Hollywood couples including Joe Wright and Haley Bennett; Gadot and Yaron Versano; Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause; Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett; Les Moonves and Julie Chen; Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe; Michelle Monaghan and Peter White; as well as Kyle MacLachlan and Desiree Gruber. Others who filled the room included Zoey Deutch, Aziz Ansari, and Tracee Ellis Ross, Michael Govan, Tommy Hilfiger, Sonequa Martin, and Leslie Moonves, among others.

Place: Chateau Marmont penthouse decked out with oversized images from the magazine’s Best Performances portfolio.

Spread: The Champagne was flowing at annual cocktail party sponsored Dom Perignon (in addition to Audi and Dior). Tray-passed hors d’oeuvres included black truffle arancini, mini veggie and beef burgers, crispy chicken oysters, truffle beef tartare and mini croque monsieurs, and pigs in a blanket. The mainly untouched buffet served up fried chicken, braised beef shortribs and organic salmon with mac ‘n’ cheese, steamed spinach and roasted vegetable sides. To top it all off, the dessert table featured treats from Dominique Ansel.

Inside Dish: Though not as star-studded as years past, the annual packed party saw film and TV stars such as Game of Throne‘s Emilia Clarke who spent time chatting with Battle of the Sexes star Andrea Riseborough, Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe who showed up with rumored fiance Tony McGill, Salma Hayek who chatted up Hong Chau, and Mary J. Blige who was surrounded by the biggest entourage throughout the night.

Clarke, who will be presenting on Sunday night at the Golden Globes, gushed over Call Me By Your Name and told THR it was one of her favorite movies of the year.

“It’s just the most beautiful love story I have ever seen on screen,” she said. “I was reminded of experiences that I had. I was watching it and thinking, I’m so far removed from this situation but I understand it.”

The Game of Thrones star could also be added to the list of Call Me by Your Name fans who wants to see a sequel. Clarke quipped, “They can upgrade to a pineapple.”

The event even brought out Ashley Olsen who made a rare appearance at the party and even her sister Elizabeth Olsen was surprised to see her sibling because, as she told a friend, “she never goes out.” — Marc Malkin

Tracee Ellis Ross poses on a sofa inside W Magazine's celebration of its 'Best Performances' portfolio and the Golden Globes with Audi, Dior, and Dom Perignon at Chateau Marmont on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)


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