This year’s Golden Globes award ceremony was held in a form of a small TV conference without the participation of Hollywood celebrities. The 65th ceremony was canceled due to writers’ strike, which turned the 3-hour glamorous event into a modest 30-minute conference.
Tom Hooper, director of the night's top award winner, the TV movie "Longford," which won three Globes, popped open a small bottle of bubbly from his Santa Monica hotel room's mini-bar.
"We managed to rustle up two champagne glasses ... That's as glamorous as it gets," said Hooper, who wore jeans, no shoes and what he called a "scruffy shirt."
Still, Hooper planned to celebrate in a bit of style by heading out with Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy to the Hotel Chateau Marmont.
That's where Focus Features Co-President James Schamus had encamped earlier for a Globes-viewing dinner party for the producers of "Atonement." He said he had cooked pasta all day to prepare.
"This is a picture we love. It's finding its place in the U.S. and in movie history. We're thrilled," Schamus said of the Globe winner in the drama category and original score.
Not everybody wanted to watch the Globes broadcast, though.
David Duchovny, winner for best actor in a TV comedic or musical series ("Californication"), went out to see the Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman film "The Bucket List" in Vancouver, where he's filming the "X-Files" film sequel.
"I kinda didn't want to watch. It would just make me tense or nervous," he said. "I knew if my phone was ringing when I walked into my hotel room that I would have won, and it was. Nobody calls a loser."
Hooper said he found out about the three wins for "Longford" from the screenwriter Peter Morgan, who was viewing a live broadcast of the news conference in London. Morgan sent a text message with the news before NBC got around to broadcasting it on its awards show.
"This is the new-style Globes," Hooper said. "Finding out when you won at the time when everyone else does is a thing of the past."
The night's usual boozy atmosphere was not entirely lost. "Damages" star Glenn Close sipped bourbon on the rocks while she watched the telecast at the Brass Monkey Bar in New York with the show's cast and crew.
"It was short and sweet, wasn't it?" said Close, who won the Globe for best actress in a TV drama series. "It was great, this huge cheer went up. And of course huge boos when our other people didn't win."
Jon Hamm, winner for best actor in a dramatic TV series, said he was disappointed to not be able to use his acceptance speech to thank those who worked on the series "Mad Men."
"I wish I could have thanked everyone publicly," said Hamm, who celebrated on the roof of the Chateau Marmont. "But it was still a great experience. I wouldn't trade it. I will remember this always."
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