Sure, at the 2017 Golden Globes La La Land won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy and Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance on stage. (And the audience happily applauded him!) But off camera, the real fun — and gossip — went down! And Us Weekly was there among the celebs, right inside the Beverly Hilton hotel to witness it all. During the three-hour broadcast on Sunday, January 8, Andrew Garfield supported ex Emma Stone, Goldie Hawn flirted with Ryan Gosling, and Ben Affleck praised his brother, Casey Affleck. Check out everything you didn’t see on TV at the star-studded show. (Surprise: Justin Timberlake made sure the drinks were flowing!)
3:56 p.m. Selfie-assured! After snapping a selfie together, Scream Queens’ Niecy Nash tells This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz she’s “amazing!”
4:05 p.m. Billy Bob Thornton is humble! In the lobby, a fan yells out, “Good luck tonight!” Thornton, nominated for his role in Goliath, is quick to respond. “Eh, Bob Odenkirk‘s going to win it,” he says of the Better Call Saul star. Adds a witness, “He looks cool and mellow. He’s wearing shades inside!” (Thornton ended up taking home the trophy. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for choosing him over Odenkirk.)
4:06 p.m. On the red carpet, Justin Timberlake is holding Jessica Biel’s hand. Designer Tom Ford, who was nominated for Best Director, comes over and hugs the singer. Says Timberlake, “The only reason I ever look nice is I learned to dress from you.” Elsewhere, Laurence Fishburne walks by the security check — then realizes he doesn’t have his ticket! He calls someone on his phone, telling them, “I have no idea where my ticket is or is supposed to be.”
4:15 p.m. Jessica Biel chats with Amy Adams’ husband, Darren Le Gallo, on the red carpet while Justin Timberlake tries to whisk his wife inside. “Find us!” Biel tells Le Gallo as she walks off with Timberlake. (Of course, the pair must stop for more pictures before leaving the carpet!)
4:19 p.m. Pawsitive priorities: On their way to the ballroom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and husband Brad Hall bend down to pet the security dog. “She was fawning over the dog,” says a witness. Sadly, the Veep star admits she recently lost her pup, Buttercup. “I’m so sorry,” the security guard says.
4:43 p.m. Kerry Washington introduces her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, to Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown. “I told you about him at the party,” Washington tells Brown. “He’s such a big fan of yours!” Indeed, a witness says the former NFL player eagerly shook the teen’s hand: “Nnamdi looked so excited to meet her.”
4:48 p.m. Get in formation: The security team is bustling attendees to the side of the hallway, asking everyone to move to the left. Sarah Paulson sings Beyoncé’s “To the left, to the left” lyric from 2006’s “Irreplaceable.”
4:49 p.m. Best trio ever? Chrissy Teigen and John Legend say hi to Emma Stone as they all cross paths on the red carpet.
4:50 p.m. While shaking hands with Tom Hiddleston on the carpet, Christian Slater says, “It’s nice to meet you.”
4:58 p.m. It’s almost showtime! Backstage, Scarlet, Sistine and Sophia Stallone — a.k.a. the Miss Golden Globes — are eager for the night to kick off. The trio sit on a table and swing their legs around to let out some energy.
5:09 p.m. Here are some #relationshipgoals: Blake Lively cheers for husband Ryan Reynolds as he stands from the table to present the night’s first award. He accidentally knocks into her updo, but it’s unscathed. Still, the mom of two laughs and touches her hair to make sure everything is still in place. Adds a witness, “It still looked perfect.”
5:18 p.m. It’s a reunion for The Help women! Emma Stone runs over to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer and the three embrace.
5:28 p.m. When the cast and crew of Atlanta exits the stage with their award for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, Donald Glover passes the trophy over to Keith Stanfield, asking, “You want to hold this?”
5:29 p.m. After presenting, Drew Barrymore declines an invite backstage. “I’ll go right back to my seat,” she says.
5:30 p.m. Cheers: Justin Timberlake pours a glass of rosé for everyone at his table then offers the bottle to Felicity Jones. Meanwhile, as his wife and best actress nominee Annette Bening stands from the table, Warren Beatty kisses her cheek and says, “You look beautiful!” Seeing Denzel Washington’s wife and her pal, Pauletta, Bening goes over and gives her a hug and kiss.
5:35 p.m. In the press room, Billy Bob Thornton gestures toward the microphone manager and quips, “That’s quite a pole you got there!”
5:38 p.m. The feeling never gets old! After nabbing the award for her role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Sarah Paulson steps off stage and admits, “I’m shaking!” She takes a photo but is distracted when she hears more cheering. “Did the show just win?” she asks. Indeed, the hit earns a Best Limited Series and Paulson heads right back on stage.
5:41 p.m. After presenting The People v. O.J. Simpson’s cast and crew with the award for best television limited series, Nicole Kidman hands show creator Ryan Murphy the winning card with the series’ name embossed on it. “This is for you,” she says as they walk off the stage.
5:44 p.m. He’s got her back: Cuba Gooding Jr. realizes his The People v. O.J. Simpson costar Sarah Paulson is headed in the wrong direction through the ballroom. Shouts the actor, “Sarah! This way!” to which she giggles.
5:47 p.m. After nabbing the award for best performance in a television series, Black-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross admits to the press room that “I said my entire speech to Meryl Streep!”
5:55 p.m. Pantsuit nation lives on! Felicity Huffman reveals that Hillary Clinton inspired her decision to skip a dress and wear pants instead.
6:07 p.m. Ready for another? Jessica Biel fawns over a pregnant woman and even cradles her bump! The woman tells Biel she’s due in just six weeks, to which the actress replies, “Oh, s–t!”
6:08 p.m. Benjamin Millepied escorts his pregnant wife, Natalie Portman, to the ladies’ room. In his hand: a camera to capture every moment! After waiting for three minutes, the women in line, including Olivia Culpo, allow Portman to cut.
6:13 p.m. He just wanted to shine! This Is Us‘ Chris Sullivan explains to a pal that he bought his flashy blazer in Rochester, New York, and then had a costume designer sew extra bling on the lapel! On stage, Goldie Hawn pretends she can’t read the teleprompter and Amy Schumer tries to help. Says a witness, “That was entirely scripted! It was written out on the teleprompter.”
6:15 p.m. In the press room, Nocturnal Animals actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the surprise winner in the the best supporting actor category) is cut off as the audio feed switches over to Ryan Gosling’s acceptance speech. Taylor-Johnson “stood there awkwardly holding his award then left,” says a witness. But no hard feelings: Taylor-Johnson says Gosling’s win is “amazing!”
6:16 p.m. Whoops? While posing for a picture off stage with Ryan Gosling and Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn jokingly falls onto the hunky La La Land actor, reports a witness: “She fell into his nook and giggled!”
6:18 p.m. Amy Adams greets Natalie Portman. Gesturing to her baby bump, Portman says, “I can’t drink!” Meanwhile, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp meet Sofia Vergara — and cannot stop fawning over the gorgeous Modern Family actress! She jokes that she was acting when they were babies.
6:20 p.m. Back in the press room, Viola Davis says the night will wrap too late for her to squeeze in jacuzzi time. Instead, she’ll celebrate her win for best supporting actress in Fences with her husband, Julius Tennon, and a glass of Prosecco at home.
6:35 p.m. In line for the bathroom, Heidi Klum tells her publicist that she broke her dress . . . by sneezing. Once inside, they work on fixing the J. Mendel gown. Also in the bathroom: Michelle Williams, who is laughing as she struggles to move her arms in her restrictive, off-the-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress.
6:36 p.m. Hailee Steinfeld investigates the Lindt chocolate pamphlet, trying to figure out which piece of chocolate is which. She ends up sampling them all.
6:43 p.m. A guest accidentally steps on Anna Kendrick’s Vionnet dress, which prompts the actress to question her decision: “Why do I wear a dress with a train? Every year I ask myself this.”
6:48 p.m. Presenter Jake Gyllenhaal walks off stage and admits, “This show makes me so nervous!”
6:54 p.m. After she loses Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama to Claire Foy, Evan Rachel Wood heads straight for the food and bar area outside the ballroom. Bottoms up!
6:56 p.m. Beauty is pain! In the bathroom, Gina Rodriguez takes off her Chopard earrings, saying, “Oh, wow, they hurt so bad!” Back in the ballroom, Sofia Vergara is instructing a man how to take her picture on her phone, telling him to take it from above.
7:17 p.m. Award show–circuit newbies Chris Sullivan and Millie Bobby Brown warmly greet each other. “He asks her how she’s doing,” says a witness. “Then, he explains to his friends that they’ve been running into each other at a lot of events.”
7:25 p.m. Ben Affleck is rooting for his little brother, Casey, of course. (He won best actor in a drama for Manchester by the Sea.) Ben tells a woman nearby, “I really hope my brother wins.” Correctly sensing imminent victory, she says Casey would, to which Ben replies, “From your mouth to God’s ears.” Casey has his speech all set, adds Ben: “He’s a great writer.”
7:26 p.m. True TV husband and wife! This Is Us’ Mandy Moore grabbed onscreen love Milo Ventimiglia’s arm as they walked off stage together.
7:30 p.m. Ex-tra support! Andrew Garfield stands to applaud Emma Stone when she wins Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for La La Land. The two dated for four years before calling it quits in 2015.
7:37 p.m. Early exit: On their way out, Zoe Saldana‘s husband, Marco Perego, totes her purse and wrap for her. Saldana shouts a goodbye to Star Trek costar Chris Pine: “I love you! See you soon!”
7:38 p.m. Lily Collins compliments fellow Brit Millie Bobby Brown on her “gorg” dress. Millie then asks Lily how long the show lasts!
7:41 p.m. In and out: Following his surprise appearance on stage, newly single Brad Pitt headed straight out the ballroom’s back door.
7:43 p.m. La La Land wins Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy! And, Mel Gibson is happy. As he declares to his tablemates, “That movie is really so impressive!”
7:45 p.m. Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen, and Molly Shannon sit together in the second tier of the ballroom and gossip nonstop! When a man approaches their table, Barrymore whips out her phone and shows off an adorable picture of her daughters, Olive and Frankie. Back at his table, John Legend is greeted with clapping as he returns from presenting. The singer does a little bow before wife Chrissy Teigen pulls him in for a kiss. She sits on his lap for a few minutes and he hugs her while sipping a vodka soda.
7:46 p.m. Jessica Chastain fangirls over fellow ginger Emma Stone. She tells Stone how great her speech was while shaking her head and putting her hand on her chest. They take a picture and Stone cheers, “Redheads!” Added Chastain, “Redheads through and through.”
7:57 p.m. Natalie Portman looks surprised to learn Isabella Huppert beat her out for best actress, drama. Says a witness, “She lost her smile briefly in shock before smiling for Isabella.”
8:05 p.m. Kurt Russell and Jeff Bridges exchange phone numbers!
8:08 p.m. Meet the parents! Jonah Hill brings mom Sharon over to Michelle Williams. “I want to introduce my mom,” he sheepishly says.
8:09 p.m. Avengers assemble: Chris Hemsworth takes Tom Hiddleston‘s trophy out of his hands and pretends he won it. (Taylor Swift‘s ex nabbed the award for his role in The Night Manager.) Hiddleston (a.k.a. Loki) snaps a picture of Hemsworth (Thor) holding the prize and then the two share a hug.
8:15 p.m. And that’s a wrap. Justin Theroux hugs Jimmy Fallon’s wife, Nancy Juvonen, and offers his congratulations: “Tell Jimmy he did great. I loved the monologue!”
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