LOS ANGELES On Sunday night, the Golden Globes ceremony will take place in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, after last year's hiatus from all the pomp. But the frenzy of activity—perhaps minimally dampened in tough economic times as another strike threat looms—starts days earlier. Here's a look at the related events.
The usual proliferation of gift and hospitality suites will take over town, albeit with a somewhat softer character this time around. Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge is getting one of the earliest starts, kicking off today at the Zune L.A. space to benefit Visual Impact Now, which provides eyecare to children. (Feinstein is also staging a version of the suites at Sundance a week later.) GBK Productions will bring its suites to the 9900 Club in the old Friar's Club space, around the corner from the Hilton, on Friday and Saturday.
HBO's Luxury Lounge, with its L'Oréal Paris beauty suite, will take to the Four Seasons on Doheny on Friday. The Boom Boom Room's children's and parenting wares gift suites will open at the Century Plaza on Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday night, Los Angeles Confidential magazine will honor Globe nominee and cover man Ralph Fiennes. The magazine's annual party will take over Skybar at the Mondrian. Niche Media C.E.O. and L.A. editorial director Jason Binn will host.
As always, on Globes night, the biggest parties take to the Beverly Hilton itself, where a live feed from the show is available. HBO's party will take over Circa 55 restaurant and the adjoining pool area, with big-scale designs by Billy Butchkavitz. NBC Universal will also use the hotel for its party with Cartier, with production by Angel City Designs. And corporate cousins In Style and Warner Brothers will host their party together in the hotel's Oasis Court, with a French theme and designs by Thomas Ford.