Golden Globes Shine Again - A Mix Of Fanfare & Fun

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014, 9:01:00 AM

Special To The Mirror

Jon Voight and Santa Monica's Marie Paquim at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills.
Photo by Peter Barent Lewis
Jon Voight and Santa Monica's Marie Paquim at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills.

By Peter Barent Lewis

Perhaps the most accessible show of the awards season, the 71st

Annual Golden Globes did not disappoint Sunday night, as film and

television stars, along with their supporters, friends, and fans all

rubbed shoulders to celebrate last year’s accomplishments.  

The awards and winners were diverse to be sure, from the pre-civil

war true story “Twelve Years a Slave,” which took Best Motion Picture,

Drama award, to “Gravity”, the outer space thriller that garnered Best

Director honors for Mexican native Alfonso Cuaron. 

The evening also saw veteran stars back in the spotlight, with

Michael Douglas winning Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie with his

turn as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.”

And Jon Voight, who last won a Golden Globe for 1986’s “Runaway

Train,” happily posed for photos in the Beverly Hilton Hotel lobby, as

he held his latest award, this time for Best Supporting Actor in a TV

Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”

After the ceremony, actors, directors, friends, and guests lingered

at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as they celebrated and danced the night

away at the after parties.

This year’s mingling went a golden step further, and saw winners and

hopefuls to the Olympic games posing for photos at the

NBC/Universal/Focus Features/E/Chrysler after party (and yes, the room

was as crowded as the number of sponsors). 

There, actors became the fans as they posed with the likes of swimmer

Jessica Hardy (Gold and Bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics in London)

and Olympic hopefuls, such as local USC All-American swimmer Jack Wagner

(looking towards the 2016 games in Rio).

The Mirror caught up with Santa Monica’s Dr. Marie Paquim, who is

slated to star in and shoot her epic thriller on human trafficking “Land

of the Free, Except for Me” this year. 

Tonight, like many others, she was happy dance to the DJs music, and

celebrate a great year of performances with fellow actors, chatting it

up with Golden Globe winner Jon Voight and her friend, “Once Upon A

Time” actress Lana Parilla (“the evil queen”). 

Dr. Marie Paquim and Lana Parilla, not unlike the rest of the

procession of actresses being caught in the camera flash, were both

dressed to impress, with out of this world gowns sweeping trails behind

them (and which were skillfully pulled along just in time to avoid the

steady stampede of foot traffic). 

Observed Paquim of the evening’s fun: "It’s a celebration of artists,

and I was so proud and happy for '12 Years a Slaves' win,'" and added

with a laugh, “though I didn’t like much when people stepped on my

dress!”

More awards shows are on the way, with the prestige of the Oscars

looming on Sunday, March 2. The Golden Globes certainly will be hard to

beat as a both a fan and award winner’s favorite.

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