Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Golden Globes

So this past Sunday the Golden Globes happened. Leading up to it, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to partake in any of the activities, but The Big Short was nominated for four awards. About a week before the awards, I got an invitation to attend one of those parties where companies just give you watches and stuff to wear to the awards. I wasn't actually invited to the awards themselves, but my manager definitely me to just go to get free stuff. Unfortunately, the day before that party actually happened, I got a notice that the list was severely shortened and unfortunately my invitation was a part of that short list. It was kind of strange and disheartening, but I figured it just wasn't my time yet.

A day before the awards, I got a notice that I was invited to the Viewing and after party hosted by Paramount Pictures. I found out I was also able to bring one guest. My first go to choices were either my sister or cousin who had always begged me to invite them to something like this. Unfortunately both were busy. From there I wasn't really sure who to invite, but then I had the idea to invite my co-star from the film Jeffry Griffin since he was still in Louisiana and wasn't really getting invitations to stuff like this. So I told him he could crash at my place and he offered to fly up and the plan was set in motion.

The next day I picked him up at the airport and went straight to the party at the Chateau Marmont. This was apparently a famous party hotel for the Hollywood elite. I wasn't really sure what we were going to walk into, but I was preparing myself for what might possibly be the biggest night of my life. We dropped our car off at the valet, took the elevator to the penthouse floor, and walked into the party only to find that there were only like ten people there. I was really confused actually. I didn't really recognize anyone (though I imagine anyone I would have recognized was probably at the awards themselves). Me and Jeff got some food and sat at a table and met Emma who was the fiance of Jeremy Strong, he was in the scene with us. She knew who we were when we walked in the room and we talked to her mostly through this. The costume designer of the film and her husband were also around and talking to us. Still, this was not quite what I expected for a big exclusive Golden Globes party.

We watched the Golden Globes and ate food. The big disappointment of the night was losing best comedy to The Martian because most of the blogs and critics had Big Short favored to win. While the Big Short can't really be classified as a straight comedy, The Martian most definitely is not a straight comedy either. I imagine they'll change some of the criteria for the award in the future. Either way, once that happened the energy in the room quickly died. Once the awards were over people started leaving and we asked people what was supposed to happen and the best answer we could get from anyone was "We'll have to see. A lot of people don't even want to go out because we lost." So me and Jeff were at this party that was breaking down at like 8 PM and we were wondering if we should just go home. Around the moment that we were getting read to leave though, Brad Pitt walks through the door and someone exclaims "Oh, nevermind. Looks like the after party will be here after all."

So little by little, everyone who was at the awards starts to show up. I got to catch up with Jeremy Strong and Hamish Linklater who were really cool and excited to see me when I went to the first screening. Had a decent conversation with Finn Wittrock about what he was doing next and how he felt about everything. He was a cool guy. There came a point where me and Jeffry kept trying to find our in to talk to Brad Pitt and Adam McKay who were sitting at a couch with people surrounding them. Eventually a girl (I forgot her name) must have seen how clueless we looked and made a point to walk us up to introduce us. Had a short conversation with both. It wasn't much, but I guess we got to let our presence by acknowledged.

Eventually the focus started to turn to getting into the WME party on the ground floor. I wasn't really sure if we could really get in because it seemed like we could barely get into the Paramount party. Hamish was really cool though and made a point to champion our way in. He walked with us down to the first floor and tried to starpower his way in. Unfortunately the doorperson even turned him away, which must have been a little embarrassing. He then called up his girlfriend Lily Rabe (I think?) and eventually the door person must have gotten word from someone and we were allowed into that party.

This party was absolutely nuts. Like shoulder to shoulder with people and it was crazy because every single one of those people were celebrities of some sort. I saw 2-3 people walking around with Golden Globe statues themselves. Had random mini conversation with people like Selena Gomez, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, the daughters of Eric McLeesh (one of the actual lawyers from Spotlight), Jonah Hill (who mostly wanted to talk to about my mom), Rick Famuyiwa, Sam Smith, etc etc. It was just a crazy night. Pretty much everyone who was at the Golden Globes was at that party. Not sure what else to say. Around 3 AM the party started shutting down so we left.

I came out of it feeling like I had just done one of the most Hollywood things so far in my L.A. journey, but at the same time I felt like I'm pretty much the same person the next day. Even though I got to briefly meet a lot of people, I'm not sure if I really solidified any real relationships with anyone. Maybe I did it wrong, not sure. Anyways, it was neat. I'm going to post again soon with a video I made recently. Also I'm excited for the new year. 

P.S. Hi Melanie, since I think you're the only one who reads these posts.

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