The New Year’s Day hangovers have barely receded in the rear view mirror as the industry begins celebrating the earliest ever Golden Globes on Jan. 6.
It’s an “out with the old” and “in with the new” year.
The era of the Weinstein party, where Taylor Swift, Katy Perry or Kim Kardashian might float through, is kaput. Meanwhile, the opening of the high-end Waldorf Astoria hotel adjacent to the Beverly Hilton opens up the party playground to new spaces.
Here is a look at the top invites circulating the industry. Updates to come.
BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party
Saturday, Jan. 6.
Expected: BAFTA LA pulls from across studio, film, and network lines for one of the most lively afternoons of awards season. It’s an annual highlight on the party circuit.
Sponsors and Partners: BBC America, the GREAT Britain campaign, and American Airlines.
W Magazine’s Best Performances Party
Thursday, Jan. 4
Get a peek inside the cloistered soiree here:
AFI Awards Lunch
Friday, Jan. 5
Expected: Only winners. The AFI names 10 top films and 10 top TV shows of the year for induction in to their almanac, a proverbial hall of fame. It’s a densely packed luncheon where there are only about ten people who are not a major star, director, or studio executive.
*New* – Esquire’s Golden Globes Celebration
Home of Mike and Irena Medavoy, co-hosted by Esquire Editor In Chief Jay Fielden
Friday, Jan. 5
Expected: Armie Hammer, Bill Maher, Edgar Ramirez, Harry Hamlin, Joe Keery, Kyle MacLachlan, Milo Ventimiglia, Paul Feig, Phillip Noyce, Rob Riggle, Scott Cooper, Sylvester Stallone and more.
7th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards
Friday, Jan. 5
Featured Nominees: Nicole Kidman is nominated for a second consecutive AACTA International Award for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Last year, she won for “Lion.”
Sponsor: Australian tourism and events agency, Destination NSW.
Lynn Hirschberg’s “It Girl” Luncheon
Saturday, Jan. 6
Expected: Historically, attendees have included both Golden Globes nominees and new, emerging talent handpicked by Hirschberg as the next wave of “It Girls” to watch. It’s a sanctuary from the noise of the louder and more heavily trafficked events orbiting the glitzy weekend.
Last year: Before choosing Harvard and launching her “black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish,” Yara Shahidi kicked around college options with her seat neighbors.
Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch
Boa Steakhouse on Sunset
Saturday, Jan. 6
Expected Names: John Cho and Alia Shawkat, who will help make filmmaker grant awards.
Sponsors and Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, IFC, Jeep, Piaget and Visit Seattle
Saturday, Jan 6., early evening
ICM Golden Globes Maragaret Atwood
Expected: “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and series creator/showrunner Bruce Miller. These two are the night’s featured honorees along with all of ICM’s Globes nominees.
Take Note: Although Poppy is one of the current L.A. hotspots, the space’s former occupants (STK) also brought good luck on the evening before other awards shows. Sony Pictures Classics celebrated with Cate Blanchett at this same address the night before she won the Oscar for “Blue Jasmine.”
Post Show Parties
Circa 55 Restaurant and Poolside
Expected: Lots of trophies, especially if “Big Little Lies” repeats its Emmy night dominance. HBO earned 12 nominations, the most of any network.
19th Annual Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle Golden Globe After-Party
Expected Talent: All the good ones. This party has a reputation for being glam but not stuffy, and it will bear a significant impact of the disappearance of the Weinstein party. A slice of the InStyle and Weinstein guest lists did not overlap with each other, leaving former Weinstein invitees (who were often less connected to the night’s awards and only attending Weinstein as social guests) as post-show refugees.
Sponsors: Cadillac, eyelove, and L’Oreal Paris.
Fox Post Show Celebration
The Fox Terrace on the Roof Deck
Expected Talent: Between Fox Searchlight (“The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Twentieth Century Fox (“The Post” and “The Showman”), the sister studios have 27 nominations, more than any others on the feature side. With FX’s eight nominations, three for Hulu, and National Geographic in the race, this is going to be a muscular bash.
Warning: “This invitation is absolutely non-transferable,” cautions the elaborately designed invite.
HBO Luxury Lounge
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6
Expected Talent: HBO’s on-camera talent and influencers.
Gifts and swag from: Ancestry.com, Don Julio Tequila, Logitech, Watch Game, Ciroc Vodka and more.
Luxe Rodeo Drive
Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 4-6
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gifts and swag from: Per a press release, Arido jewelry is offering a $50,000 diamond and sapphire pendant to six celebs. Host Nathalie Dubois draws globally. Also on the menu: Gaura hydrogen water bottles, Kerstin Florian Beauty, Idrotherapy and Essence of Argan.
All events are private and by invitation only. Please send updates and additions to the writer, Mikey Glazer, here.
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