BEVERLY HILLS, California — Moments after the last Golden Globe was handed out and the final acceptance speech was made, an army of famous faces spilled out into the Beverly Hilton lobby, selecting their partying options for the evening. One of the most popular was the annual Weinstein Company bash, where the guest of honor was a brand-new "little basterd."
"Everyone knew from the beginning that there was something special about that performance," recalled "Inglourious Basterds" star Omar Doom, speaking with us moments before Christoph Waltz walked into the party holding his Best Supporting Actor statue. "I knew [he'd win] from the table read. Everyone, all the actors in 'Inglourious Basterds,' had a small murmur afterwards, going, 'Oh my God! He was so amazing! He was so scary!' And all he was doing was reading it off the pages."
"It was my first time at the Golden Globe Awards, and I can see why everyone's drunk," laughed another "Basterds" star, Eli Roth. "They don't really feed you — it's just champagne. Everyone's drinking it all night. It's incredible. You look around, and there's Fergie and Mariah Carey and Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman."
As the Weinstein Company spent a rainy evening celebrating not only "Basterds," but also "Nine" and "A Single Man," stars like Nicole Kidman, Pierce Brosnan, Fergie, Julianne Moore and The Edge partied — and reflected on a fun evening.
"I thought Ricky Gervais was cool. I liked Sandra Bullock; it's nice that she won," said Mickey Rourke, who won a Globe for "The Wrestler" last year. "But I was hoping 'The Hurt Locker' was gonna win everything — I really like that movie a lot, especially that kind of movie directed from a woman's point of view. It's very powerful.
"He was pretty funny," Rourke said of Globes host Gervais. "I think it's nice that he had a drink or two."
"I saw Arnold Schwarzenegger come up to Quentin and tell him how much he loved the film. [So did] Matt Damon and Tom Hanks — so did Zoe Saldana and Gabourey Sidibe. It was pretty awesome," Roth marveled of the "Basterds" love. "I was watching two icons [Schwarzenegger and Tarantino] have a conversation, and I'm like, 'I'm the dude with the bat!' and I shook his hand. We [took some pictures], and that was that."
"I have to say, you meet a lot of famous people in this business, and you get used to it. But I'd never seen Paul McCartney up close," added "A Single Man" star Colin Firth. "Just being in the same room — it was quite something."
As much fun as everyone had while the booze flowed and the music pumped, however, the stars were quick to put things in perspective.
"These are in support of Haiti," Roth explained, pointing to a ribbon pinned on his outfit, as well as on many other stars' clothes. "We're all thinking about what's going on over there. They handed them out on the way in, and everyone's wearing them tonight. Here we are on the red carpet, drinking champagne, and those people don't have water or food. How can you not think about them?
"Obviously, all of us — in between this — are watching YouTube and looking on Twitter and CNN, reading reports and donating where we can," Roth added of being a part of this year's awards season. "Doing this is bittersweet — it's wonderful to do it, it's a nice break — but it's hard to enjoy it knowing what's going on in the rest of the world. They gave [these ribbons] out as a unified symbol of that. Although we are doing this and enjoying ourselves and having a fun night, we are thinking about everyone in Haiti."
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