Golden Globes, 2010: Rain did not stop the Weinstein Co. from partying at Trader Vic’s in the lower level of the Bev Hilton. TWC had to forego its usual big tent, but luckily the moribund Trader Vic’s was ready for reactivation.
A good thing, too, since the large casts of “Nine” and “Inglourious Basterds” needed a place to alight along with TWC’s “A Single Man.” Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were first into the room, and Nicole told me that her daughter Sunday Rose is now talking up a storm (as well as using that baby sign language). Nicole is glowing. Keith Urban is a nice, nice guy. He’s starting work on a new album, no touring for now, and Nicole is finishing up a movie she produced based on the play “Rabbit Hole.”
And then Penelope Cruz popped in and popped out, looking for Javier Bardem. But “Nine” gang Rob Marshall, Daniel Day-Lewis and Rebecca Miller. Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Maury Yeston, Michael Tolkin and Marc Platt were among the next guests in, as well as Fergie and Josh Duhamel. The “Basterds” were all there too — Tarantino, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz, BJ Novak, Lawrence Bender, Diane Kruger with’Joshua Jackson et al. And Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Tom Ford from “A Single Man.”
And there were stars who weren’t even in Weinstein movies: Matt Damon, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Zane, the Edge and Mickey Rourke.
I’ll tell you this: “Nine” was the most popular cast in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actors love “Nine,” SAG loves “Nine,” and everyone wants to meet them, especially best actress nominee Marion Cotillard and supporting actress Penelope Cruz.
Eventually some of the “Nine”-ers drifted upstairs to the Warner Bros./InStyle party, which was split between the disco aficionados and the shmoozers in the front area. Tons more big names there including Morgan Freeman, Sandy Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan, Gabourey Sidibe. I ran into Courteney Cox and David Arquette who were celebrating “Cougartown” — a comedy that should do well at the Emmys this summer. One of Courteney’s best pals, Theresa Lowrey, who works with Trudie Styler, flew in from New York for the weekend. Also at InStyle: Rose McGowan, glowing, wearing a vintage cobalt blue gown that once belonged to Ava Gardner. She did it justice, believe me … and Melora Hardin from “The Office,” who plays Jan and has an album coming out soon … Alfre Woodard and family including 18-year-old daughter Mavis, this year’s Miss Golden Globe — named for Mavis Staples, how cool is that? … Emile Hirsch chatting with Clifton Collins; they’re two of our brightest young actors … Olivia Wilde, even more stupendously gorgeous in person … and award winner Michael C. Hall, for “Dexter,” who is bravely and successfully battling lymphoma.
Where did everyone else go? Many headed in the pouring rain to the Sunset Tower Hotel for CAA’s soiree. And many skipped it because of the storm. One big question from the night: Whatever happened to Julia Roberts’ husband, Danny Moder? He never appears anywhere with her, was absent as usual last night. And Julia didn’t even refer to him when she said good night to her three kids on the air …
… and here’s the latest on best actress for the Oscars … if Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock tie, and cross each other out in the voting — this has happened before — the winner could be Carey Mulligan, from “An Education.” I’m just sayin’ …’ It’s Streep’s year — “Julie & Julia,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “It’s Complicated”…