BEVERLY HILLS, California — The only thing more wild, rambunctious and flat-out random than Monday night’s Golden Globe winners may have been the notorious Beverly Hilton parties they hit afterwards. With champagne in one hand and a shiny new statue in the other, the winners danced, drank and dished dirt with everyone from Justin Timberlake to the Olsen twins to Ludacris.
“It’s important to have that great guest list,” Diddy said, eyeballing the scene as only the king of all parties could. “[You need] that great guest list, great music, a lot of free food and free liquor, and Diddy. And I’m here.”
Clutching her new Globe tightly (see “’Dream’ Night: Jennifer Hudson, Borat Win Big At Golden Globes” ), “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera said she was planning to party alongside Diddy. “If I ever get in, yeah,” she grinned, looking at the crowds but patiently planning her celebration. “Probably with a little bit of champagne, and then sleep — because I have to go back to work in the morning!”
Moments after the show’s live broadcast concluded, the halls and lobby of the hotel became clogged with so many celebrities that you’d think they were shooting a sequel to “Bobby.” Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen huddled in the middle of their entourage, “Little Miss Sunshine” star Toni Collette found refuge in the corner talking to some “Heroes” castmembers, and everybody was playing their favorite game of the night: watch how close Justin and Cameron come to bumping into each other.
“Cameron Diaz and Mr. DiCaprio were chit-chatting a lot, and Drew Barrymore was there … and they were all chilling,” reported actor Vincent De Paul (“Transporter 2″), coming out of one bash. “Justin Timberlake actually was separate from Cameron Diaz. He was there as well, but they were in separate parts of the party.”
Attendance at the tented Weinstein Company party was mandatory for dozens of big names, with Terrence Howard, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Zach Braff leading the charge.
“I’ve been partying; we’ve been to all the parties,” Ludacris grinned outside the packed Weinstein event. “I can hold my liquor, so I’ll be alright.”
Only on a night like tonight, however, could that statement be followed by Luda walking past 10-year-old “Little Miss Sunshine” actress Abigail Breslin — who was hugging her Curious George doll and reporting that it was past her 10 o’clock bed time. “I forget who won,” she reported, rubbing her eyes. “But I did meet Katharine McPhee, and I met Brad Pitt … he told me he liked my movie.”
“Congratulations to Jennifer Hudson,” beamed a thrilled Mary J. Blige. “It’s time for the underdog, who worked so hard and believes in herself and God. She got it. And that’s what it’s all about.”
A half-dozen parties all raged into the wee hours at the massive complex, with the centerpiece being an outdoor HBO-sponsored event. Many of those without tickets watched the show on big-screen TVs there, and some better-left-unnamed attendees may have consumed even more champagne than the winners. At one point on the HBO dance floor, a woman with apparent breakdancing aspirations wound up with her skirt over her head and flashbulbs popping; moments later, another gentleman fell headfirst down 10 stairs and loudly knocked over two metal sculptures — breaking one in half.
“It’s fantastic, it’s wonderful and it’s terrific,” Ken Davitian said of the evening’s anything-goes attitude, joking that he and Sacha Baron Cohen might be partying hard enough tonight to get naked again. “[The ’Borat’ win] was big and it was important and it was great. And now we’re going to party.”
The most in-demand bash of the night, however, was by far the In Style magazine/ Warner Bros. co-production. Diddy, Jamie Foxx and the casts of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Heroes” all showed up and partied with Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood and the still-teary Ferrera. A dark-haired Cameron Diaz breezed past reporters without comment, and just seconds later Timberlake did the same. Inside, the stars partied in a “golden chocolate haven” created by Godiva Chocolatier, surrounded by chocolate sculptures and waiters delivering sinful treats.
“It’s great to see people get it,” Jamie Foxx said, reflecting on Jennifer Hudson’s rags-to-riches win. “I don’t care where you are in America or the world — there’s so many bad things out there, so much craziness going on, and here’s a flicker of light, a flicker of hope, a flicker of the American dream. That’s hot!”
“When Sacha Baron Cohen won for ’Borat’, I was just laughing my tush off,” admitted “Black Christmas” actress Michelle Trachtenberg. “He did the whole balls and stuff jokes — so I say rock on, Mr. Cohen!”
Showing the diversity of Borat’s appeal, Terrence Howard also summed up his favorite part of the evening in one word. “Sacha,” grinned the star, who knows a thing or two about awards shows. “Watching Sacha win, because he’s the people’s man. Everybody in America loved what he did. That’s what filmmaking is supposed to be about — go out and do something special.”
The most amazing part of this particular party, however, may have been the line outside. With security only allowing one person in when one exited, the queue looked impossible for the more than 100 people waiting to get in. “Heroes” star Ali Larter was seen attempting to talk her group in the door, and her difficulty just made things seem more improbable for the sizeable stars dozens of people behind her. “The Office” actors John Krasinski and Ed Helms were packed like sardines in the epic line, alongside “Fantastic Four” star Ioan Gruffudd, the guys from “Entourage” and many others.
The odds of those stars getting in didn’t look too good, but Steven Spielberg, Milla Jovovich and Mary J. Blige all made the scene. And whether they were at In Style’s bash or any of the night’s other big parties, those who did get in had plenty to celebrate.
“I want to wrestle Borat, because Sacha Baron Cohen is a wonderful lover — I’m not going to say how I know this, but I do,” chuckled Zach Braff, before making one last promise: “I am gonna party like it’s 1999.”
“I’m just gonna drink water,” Jamie Foxx promised, flashing a sly grin.
Sometime around 2 a.m., celebrities started scooping up fellow celebrities and helping them out to their chauffeured rides, amidst promises of exchanged cell numbers and — naturally — all the details on where the after-afterparties could be found. With Eddie Murphy talking to Donald Trump, Sharon Stone hugging America Ferrera and Zach Braff partying with Jon Voight, this was an evening every bit as crazy as a telecast that would honor an “American Idol” also-ran, a racist reporter from Kazakhstan and a an ugly Betty who turned out to be a gorgeous Golden Globes swan. As Borat would say: Wa-wa-wee-wa!
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