Behind the Scenes at the Golden Globes 2011

Late last night, long after the broadcast ended, a friend of mine who attended the awards ceremony and after-parties called to share some backstage details. The following is in her words.

[For my thoughts on best & worst of the show, click here. For my fashion roundup, go here.]

This was my favorite Globes ever. It’s so festive and happy and everything the Globes should be. It also had the strictest security in Globes history. The ticketing and party access was very strict.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and I talked for a while because she was outside smoking.  She was very sweet and has plans to return to the stage with a secret project. And then Jane Fonda came out and said, “Can I have a drag of that, please?” Catherine said, “Of course, darling” and gave Fonda a puff on her cigarette. Fonda then complimented Catherine on how well she’s been holding up during Michael Douglas’s cancer ordeal.

Alec Baldwin came up to Jennifer Lopez at one point and said, “Seacrest told me to tell you your shoes are f*cking ugly.” Her response was “Seacrest is a jerk!” And then they laughed.

There were a bunch of Glee cast members who weren’t allowed to eat or sit in the ballroom. They were set up at a viewing party across the parking lot. Right before the best comedy TV series was announced, they were escorted to the ballroom so they could all go on stage in case the show won. [Ed. note: It did.]

I asked Jesse Tyler Ferguson [of Modern Family] when he’s going back to Broadway because he’s awesome and he said, “I need the money so I’m going to stay here.”

I thought Sandra Bullock looked the best in person. I liked her bangs. Everyone thought Emma Stone was Jaime Pressly. Scarlett Johansson looked washed out.

For the guys, Chris Hemsworth and Armie Hammer looked good. Armie was very sweet. He gave me the biggest hug because I’d seen him at the Hollywood Movie Awards [a few months ago].

Peter Facinelli and Robert Pattinson hung out with each other all night long. I told Andrew Lincoln [from Walking Dead] I loved him in Love Actually and he gave me this look that said, “Where is this going?” so I asked him for a photo. But then a security guy said, “No photos here” so we went into a corner where they couldn’t see us and took a photo.

That’s about it. I’m going to celebrate by eating some fries now!

Is it any wonder we’re friends?



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    January 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you, thank you, FoPCN (Friend of PCN) – I could not for the life of me think of who it was that Emma Stone reminded me of!

    Always love the behind-the-scenes tidbits!

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    January 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    No mention of Ricky Gervais? Didn’t you think it was hilarious that he got hauled in front of the Principle for his put down jokes of the stars and their movies?

    And why were the Glee stars not allowed in the auditorium? I’m sure they are not really unruly high school kids.

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    January 20, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’m curious about the Glee situation, too — just not enough tables for a cast that large, or do they have a bad rep, or something?

    I have mixed feelings about Gervais’ mean-spiritedness — on the one hand, some of these folks are waaaay too full of themselves and their overall importance in the grander scheme of things, so it’s fun to watch them squirm. On the other hand, some of it was pretty mean so let’s hope he has been wise with his bajillions and won’t need these people any time in the future. Closing comment was typical stupidity proving atheists have come full circle and turned into the thing they claim they hate — fundies.

    Shocked Zeta-Jones was smoking, all things considered.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    January 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I talked to my friend and she said the GLEE thing was a size issue. The cast is so large, they couldn’t all be seated inside the ballroom.

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