Golden Globe Awards: Behind-the-Scenes
By Munawar Hosain
Lost’s Emilie de Ravin and Maggie Grace in 2006; Munawar Hosain and Kate Winslet at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards; Russell Crowe at last year’s awards
The Golden Globes Awards ceremony is one of the most glamorous, fun-filled and exciting Hollywood events of the year, but there’s even more drama—and comedy—going on backstage.
As a longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who’s heavily involved in the planning and execution of the ceremony at The Beverly Hilton each year, I can tell you that just when I think I’ve seen everything, our A-list guests throw us new curveballs—from figuring out where to stash a star’s dog during dinner (he got his own suite) to knowing which screen superstars simply can’t be seated anywhere near each other.
Losing gracefully doesn’t always come naturally. Russell Crowe is an amazing actor, but he’s got a temper, and he once threw a bit of a tantrum when he didn’t win the Globe he expected.
Alternatively, some stars get cozy after the ceremony. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart started their still-burning flame there. Another time two celebrities started eyeing each other at the Globes, met outside on the balcony and instead of showing up at the InStyle afterparty, they went missing—you draw your own conclusions as to what happened.
And many actresses in barely-there designer gowns have fallen victim to wardrobe malfunctions that left eyes—and flashbulbs—popping. A sudden gust of wind nearly took the entire top of one star’s dress with it. Only some strategic tape and a half-dozen scrambling handlers kept her from displaying her own Golden Globes to the world.
Amid all the excitement and, yes, the Champagne, lost-and-found cases are inevitable. Lost stars Maggie Grace and Emilie de Ravin found themselves frantically looking for lost jewelry after the hustle and bustle of their show’s victory in 2006. The Lord of the Rings team actually lost two of their Golden Globes. Fortunately we found them under their table in the International Ballroom. Security once even caught a professional burglar who slipped into the cloakroom and looted the guests’ extravagant gift bags.
I’m sure the upcoming ceremony will produce even more memorable moments, but I don’t think I’ll ever have an answer to the question “What’s the most unusual thing that’s happened at the Globes?” I don’t know about unusual, because nothing is usual in Hollywood.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JEFF VESPA/WIREIMAGE.COM (DE RAVIN); JEFFREY MAYER/WIREIMAGE.COM (FLOCKHART); DAN MACMEDAN/WIREIMAGE.COM (CROWE)