Joyous 'Les Miserables' celebration at NBC-Uni party
05:00 AM, Jan 14, 2013
The bash: The NBC-Universal Golden Globes After-Party
The venue: The Beverly Hilton rooftop
The stars: The entire Les Misérables crew showed up in full celebration mode stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and director Tom Hooper. Also among the guests: Isla Fisher, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray and Josh Gad.
Scene and heard: In the tented party, the Les Misérables stars celebrated with Golden Globes in hand along with fellow winners (Jessica Chastain) and nominees (Ewan McGregor) and a British contingent (including Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs). The stars clustered in a small VIP area flanked by white couches as gawkers on the outside captured every move Jackman made with their smartphones. Murray, a nominee for his role in Hyde Park on Hudson, made an early exit from the party, taking a blond woman by the arm and announcing, “We’re going to Weinsteins.” But the Les Mis cast, Chastain (who did some couch dancing with hands in the air) and McGregor partied late into the evening.
“Like being struck by lightning”: Les Misérables director Hooper spent much of the evening with an awestruck look of happiness. “It was like being struck by lightning,” Hooper said of the win for best picture, musical or comedy. “I so didn’t expect it.” The surprise was so great that Hooper was carrying the gold envelope that had heralded the win. He looked at it periodically during the evening. “Here it is on this piece of paper. I feel I have to check to make sure it’s the right name.” He opened it again. There it was: Les Misérables in bold letters. “You can see, it clearly is the right name,” Hooper said. “So we’re good.” The envelope will have a prized position in Hooper’s home. “It’s going to go next to a similar envelope which says that Tom Hooper won an Oscar for The King’s Speech.”
Winners circle: Hooper spent significant time with Jackman and Chastain, each holding best-acting Golden Globes of their own. Hooper told Les Misérables actor Jackman “that we wouldn’t have made the film without him. I reminded him he’s the only reason the film happened.” And Hooper had praise for Chastain, who is part of Zero Dark Thirty, one of the Oscar best-picture contenders. “She is extraordinary in that film.”
Better than Pattinson: Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward remembers that she was sitting with star Redmayne in the ballroom when the best-picture award was announced. “I was trying to pluck up the courage to ask Robert Pattinson who was at the next table, for his autograph for my daughter,” Hayward said. “And Eddie (Redmayne) dug his elbow into me and and said, ‘You just won best picture.’ That was my moment.”
Food stop: 1600 Penn star Gad made a beeline for the fried shrimp at the buffet table, and it wasn’t the first time. “The best part of this party is that one man entered this party hungry and one man will leave full,” Gad said. “I just had a short spurt of fried. Whatever was fried, I put in my mouth. I’m going back for seconds. You’re stopping me.” But he did give time for reflection for being at the Globes. “On my way to the party, I walked past the entire cast of Zero Dark Thirty. I thought this is so wonderful. It’s very cool to be here.”