Second only to Oscar week, the starry events leading up to the 70th Annual Golden Globes were nothing to sneeze at (although the flu epidemic was hitting hard). I pulled an all-nighter after the Girls premiere on Wednesday in order to make my 7:30 a.m. flight to Los Angeles. Boarding the same flight was Jessica Chastain, who starred on Broadway’s The Heiress the night prior, Kathryn Bigelow, André Leon Talley, and RFK Jr. (upgraded to first). Chastain caught some winks in flight, and when she woke up, Bigelow informed her that she'd been nominated for an Academy Award.      

Pre-Globes Happenings
Backstage at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport for the Critics’ Choice Awards that afternoon, Anne Hathaway, who took the best supporting actress award, discussed her plan for getting ready for the Globes on Sunday. “Last time I was nominated,” she said, "I went horseback riding in the morning. I don't think I'll do that this year. I'll probably try to sleep, get some food in my system, chill out, play with my dog." And Chastain, who won the Critics’ Choice best actress award for Zero Dark Thirty, said that getting ready for all the events was “like being on a conveyor belt.” 

Friday night, I stopped by the plush Beverly Hills Hotel, where Ben Affleck was being honored at the Cinema for Peace Foundation 2013 Gala for Humanity for his Eastern Congo Initiative. The hotel was in a bit of a stir, because someone was staying there who required Secret Service. My guess is President Clinton. 

Why the Congo? “The Eastern Congo is more damaged than any place else in the world,” Affleck pointed out. Meanwhile, Dispatches noticed that the Argo director had the word "PaPa" written on his hand. “I actually took a shower today, but it didn't come off,” he said of the pen marking done by his daughter before he’d left for the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday.

Later that night, W magazine and Dom Pérignon threw a slick party at the Chateau Marmont. I missed Bradley Cooper, who attended the dinner downstairs. As the hours wore on, the bars of the sixth floor penthouse became more and more decorated with different size bottles of Dom. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen showed up late. 

At 2 p.m. the next day, it was time for mountains of tea sandwiches at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons. Amanda Seyfried kidded one reporter who asked about her Golden Globes gown. “It's made of leather, and it's a body suit.”

Cooper accidentally spit on me a tad as he noted his pick for the Globes: “I like Silver Lining,” he said. And Hugh Jackman mentioned that his kids don't quite get the importance of things like attending the Globes. “My son said, 'Oh, yeah, off again . . . awards more important.’” 

The Golden Globes Red Carpet and Afterparties
On Sunday at The Beverly Hilton, where the Globes take place, I spotted Matt Lauer in street clothes around noon. As the red carpet started heating up with big white heat lamps, about 2:30 p.m., I ran into Maria Menounos, who said that her big moment on a red carpet was the time Jessica Biel slapped her butt. 

Zooey Deschanel mentioned that she only looks at pictures, not dresses, when she's picking a gown. “After all, they're going to end up in photographs,” she mused. In the background, meanwhile, Judd Apatow was yelling to get Jonah Hill's attention. 

Wearing an ankle length Miu Miu gown, Kerry Washington noted, “The Golden Globes is the night you do not want to be dragging a train around because you go from party to party.” When Lucy Liu said hello to Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, he dropped to his knees. They mentioned they'd had a great lunch together once in Bel Air.

There to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Jodie Foster said that coming to the Globes was normally "way less nerve-racking." She added that in previous years where she was nominated, she could just tell herself she’d probably lose.

“I said that I was dreaming of wearing sea foam,” mentioned Chastain of the gown Calvin Klein whipped up for her. And Leonardo DiCaprio took time out to form a mutual admiration society with Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, who looked as if she was going to break out into tears from the excitement. 

After the awards, nearly every restaurant, the parkling lot, and even the swimming pool at The Beverly Hilton were commandeered for fêtes. I spotted Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr holding hands on the way to the InStyle party. Rosario Dawson and her mom kindly discussed characters Dawson has played with a security guard. 

The Weinstein Company and Marie Claire afterparty was especially starry. Leonardo DiCaprio and the Django Unchained group, including Jamie Foxx, nabbed seats at one end of a large tented room near the old Trader Vic's space. Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum held court at tables at the far end. Selena Gomez and her diminutive friends roamed and raged. 

As usual, HBO covered over the Olympic-size pool area for its afterfête. Much like the other nearby parties, there was plenty of sushi and a buffet full of desserts. I spotted Kobe Bryant taking photos with fans. And Steve Buscemi's wife, Jo Andres, said she was wearing a dress by their friend Nanette Lepore. “Heck, if she made men's clothes,” offered Buscemi, “I'd wear Nanette.”

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