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
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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