There are parties all over the place on Golden Globes' weekend that draw in the top Hollywood stars, but ironically they are all held in Beverly Hills! The Four Seasons Hotel is always a hotbed of activity there, especially when BAFTA LA holds its annual Awards Season Tea on the Saturday afternoon before Sunday's Globes show (it was January 12 in 2013).
This year's party in the hotel's beautiful ballroom just teemed with famous faces, all wearing their favorite tea-party garb while sipping on One Hope wine and Tattinger champagne; those who had to pace themselves a bit through the long, party-filled weekend settled for Coke and Smartwater, who also sponsored the fabulous bash.
Everyone nibbled on Executive Chef Ashley James' tidbits, like crustless cucumber sandwiches, curried chicken bites and (of course!) scones. He's English, which means he sure knows how to put on a spread to make all the British Academy of Film and Television Association stars that were on hand feel very contented.
Like Globes nominees Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife") and director Tom Hooper, whose "Les Miserables" snagged four Globes nods. They were just a few of the countless Brits that made the tea such a prized ticket.
Day-Lewis, who later took home the Best Actor Golden Globe, admitted that shindigs like this one are really not his thing.
"I have never been much of a partygoer," he said with a smile. "But the nice thing about this is that you get to meet people you have always wanted to meet. But it is such an odd situation to meet them in!"
He had a big hug for his "Nine" co-star Marion Cotillard (and a fellow Globes nominee for her performance in "Rust and Bone") as the star-studded crowd swirled around them. There was Anne Hathaway a few feet away, greeting Hugh Jackman with a hug, too; then Jackman and Bradley Cooper shared long conversation in the doorway as cute couple Dev Patel and Freida Pinto squeezed past.
"Silver Linings Playbook" star and nominee Jennifer Lawrence drew a crowd of well wishers, including rocker-turned-actor Jon Bon Jovi and handsome Brits like Eddie Redmayne, Jason Isaacs and Jack Davenport, and we spotted beauties Amanda Seyfried, Sienna Miller and Thandie Newton going by in the crush too.
Power couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton even turned up, a rarity at Hollywood parties. And Ben Affleck couldn't stop grinning, the center of much of the star-studded crowd's attention. Perhaps they all knew he was going to sweep both the Globes' Best Director and Best Picture awards with "Argo"?
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