Blasted by DJs at multiple post-Golden Globe Awards parties, Madonna's '80s anthem "Holiday" set an upbeat tone for the night despite rain, economic woes and concern over the earthquake victims in Haiti.
Celebrities flocked to several soirees following the awards ceremony Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Booze flowed, comfort food was served hot and steaming, and guests boogied until midnight.
"It's time for the good times/ Forget about the bad times, oh yeah," shouted attendees, singing along to "Holiday," at The Weinstein Co. party at Bar 210, formerly Trader Vic's.
Quentin Tarantino playfully swayed to the music, as Diane Kruger, one of the stars of his Globe-nominated World War II drama "Inglourious Basterds," stood nearby.
While the party's red carpet was a swath of sogginess, due to storms sweeping Southern California, the shindig itself was darkly lit and intimate inside. Silver vases of pink orchids decorated tables.
"It ain't rainin' in here!" shouted Tarantino. "I'm going to stay out late. We're going to have a good time. I've had a blast tonight, and the blast continues on. It ain't over yet."
Guests, including Marion Cotillard, Fergie and her hubby Josh Duhamel, feasted on vegetable rolls with peanut sauce, beef skewers and coconut covered crab, and sipped on martinis flavored with apple juice.
"Inglourious Basterds" co-star and horror film director Eli Roth had his own take on partying, including the reason for being unsteady on his feet at 9:20 p.m.
"They didn't feed us at the Golden Globes, and Harvey Weinstein was drinking all the champagne, so it's very difficult," said Roth, pointing mischievously at the famed studio head as he strode by. "By the time the awards were happening, we were really kind of loaded."
Christoph Waltz, who played a ruthless Nazi colonel in the movie, grinned and clutched his supporting-actor Globe trophy for the part as he navigated the crowd, following a stream of friends out of the party.
"We're staying in the building," Waltz joked about which bash to attend next.
At the annual roof party hosted by NBC, Universal Pictures and Focus Features, a DJ spun disco and funk tunes as guests shimmied. Glittering disco balls of varying shapes hung from the ceiling.
The mostly industry crowd chomped on modest fare, from slices of pizza to ravioli, pasta and salad. Director George Lucas obligingly took photos with fans before telling his family, "Let's move on."
Downstairs, HBO's annual bash at Circa 55 restaurant was swamped soon after the awards ceremony ended. Stars from "Big Love" and "Entourage" piled their plates with whitefish, potatoes stuffed with cheese and roasted vegetables. Metal sunburst chandeliers lent a '60s vibe.
This year, the patio's lavish outside pool was covered to make way for more than a dozen tables decorated with beautiful bronze sequin-covered tablecloths. Unfortunately, the rain drove everyone inside.
Jeremy Piven chatted up Globe host Ricky Gervais at a secluded table. Woody Harrelson, wearing a jaunty newsboy cap, ate standing up. Bill Paxton entered the party holding his young daughter's hand.
Giddy in a tight cluster by the bar with co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny sipped champagne and accepted congratulations for her supporting actress honor for HBO's "Big Love." The trio, who play wives to Paxton's character on the show, laughed and took pictures on Tripplehorn's iPhone.
Warner Bros.' bash with In Style magazine at the hotel's Oasis courtyard drew the youngest, hippest crowd, and lasted later than the other parties. It was also the only one to directly address the Haiti crisis.
Buckets of blue ribbons stenciled with "Haiti will not be forsaken" sat at tables next to the red carpet. Gabourey Sidibe, star of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," was one of many wearing a ribbon bringing attention the humanitarian effort in the earthquake-ravaged country.
The bash also downsized its entertainment this year, replacing its usual multimember cover band with a lone DJ spinning catchy, thumping tunes by Lady Gaga, Prince and Michael Jackson. Guests included Courtney Cox, Heidi Klum and Seal. Lindsay Lohan, surrounded by a large entourage, wore a sparkling hooded mini dress.
The youthful cast of Fox's new musical TV comedy "Glee" had an especially gleeful time, taking to the dancefloor to celebrate a win for best TV musical or comedy.
"We've always been the little show that could. The fact that all this has happened and we haven't even done a whole season. It's pretty crazy," said the show's Matthew Morrison, enjoying his first time at the Globes.
At the end of the night, "Avatar" co-star Joel Moore reflected on the glitz and glam of Hollywood parties compared to world events.
"This is a celebration of us, but this doesn't matter," he said. "It matters for what we've accomplished in the movie world, but it doesn't matter for what's in the bigger picture, for the fifties or hundreds of thousands of people who have died recently."
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