Golden Globes 2020: Event Design Ideas From the Weekend's Biggest Bashes
Here's how Netflix, Amazon Studios, HBO, Disney, and more kicked off award season.
Photo: Line 8 Photography. All rights reserved.LOS ANGELES—With a controversial hosting job by Ricky Gervais, impassioned speeches from Michelle Williams and Patricia Arquette, and unexpected wins for Sam Mendes’s 1917, the Golden Globes sure got people talking this year. The 77th annual ceremony, produced by Dick Clark Productions, drew roughly 18.3 million viewers, slightly down from its 2019 ratings. But the Beverly Hilton, which has hosted the Globes every year since 1961, still drew glittery A-listers—not to mention over-the-top after-parties chock full of design inspiration.
Inside the ballroom, the big news was the last-minute shift to an all-vegan menu—a first for a high-profile award show. Best Actor in a Drama winner Joaquin Phoenix was reportedly the force behind the revamped menu, which was created by the hotel’s executive chef, Matthew Morgan. The meat- and dairy-free offerings included chilled golden beet soup and oyster mushroom “scallops” with mushroom risotto, plus a vegan opera dome with praline Gunaja crumble and caramelized hazelnuts for dessert.
“First, I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change—it’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based,” the Joker star told press after his win.
As for the parties: The Sunday-night action stays centered around the Beverly Hilton, with the night’s six biggest after-parties taking over various areas of the hotel, making it easy for guests to party-hop post-ceremony. (In 2018, hotel manager Michael Robertson told BizBash what it takes to pull off the evening—including a whopping 6,000 staffers.)
Hollywood’s biggest agencies, meanwhile, hosted offsite bashes this year: CAA at the Sunset Tower Hotel, UTA at La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills, and WME at the Chateau Marmont. A slew of parties took place earlier in the weekend, too—Saturday saw buzzy events from BAFTA Los Angeles; Showtime; and Vanity Fair and Amazon. That evening also marked the 13th annual Art of Elysium fund-raiser, a high-profile gathering that annually takes place during Globes weekend.
Here’s a look inside some of the weekend’s most show-stopping parties.