With Columnist Joe Alexander
& Photographer Patrick McMullan
The Golden Globes brings out more stars than the Oscars because they include television. The parties are also more fun because people start drinking during the awards show and many don’t stop until the wee hours. This will be the last telecast hosted by Amy Poehler and the increasingly erratic Tina Fey.
There is already a list of celebrities lobbying for the job … George Clooney walked his glamorous bride Amal down the red carpet in a chic Dior gown and white gloves that would have looked more elegant if they had gone over her elbows. Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, named after the legendary director. It was first given in 1952; past recipients include Walt Disney, Elizabeth Taylor and Steven Spielberg. Charming Clooney said, “I don’t live at full tilt the way I used to. You begin to hate waking up with the kind of hangover you get from going on huge benders with your buddies.” … Amy Adams, who won for Best Actress for Big Eyes talked about performing in front of a global TV audience “It’s nerve-wracking! Singing in front of billions of people – I’ll be going to Taco Bell when the ceremony is over. Mexican food cures me.”…. Patricia Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood said, “I don’t read my reviews, but I have a bunch of them and I will when I’m 80.” … Julianne Moore who took home the Globe for Best Actress in Still Alice admitted, “The great disappointment is that when you’re acting, you’ve literally become a different person in your head, and when you see it you go, Oh! It’s the same face!” … Michael Keaton, who won for Best Actor in Birdman, said, “At some point, you’ve just got to win.” His co-star, Emma Stone quipped, “I used to do Facebook but you get a little too wrapped up in that stuff. It’s more distracting than anything so I don’t any more. I left it behind. I detoxed!”
Sexy and openly gay Matt Bomer, who starred in Magic Mike with Channing Tatum and won Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie for his role in the emotionally riveting and historically important must-see HBO feature The Normal Heart, said, “It was a gift to get to play a gay role that was written in a three-dimensional human way. You read so many things that are these stereotypes that I find offensive.” … Jessica Chastain Best Supporting Actress nominee for A Most Violent Year talked about crying in rehearsals, “They’ll say, ‘Save it, save it.’ I tell them, ‘Don’t worry. I have a bottomless well of tears.’”… Eddie Redmayne, winner in the Best Actor in a Drama for The Theory of Everything, said, “I walk around talking to myself in accents. Usually people look at me like I’m a complete fruit loop.” … Maggie Gyllenhaal won Best Actress in a Miniseries for The Honorable Woman said, “I almost never have me time. When I have a morning to myself, I’ll get a manicure or a bikini wax or I’ll try to exercise. If I can go for a run, it changes my whole life.” …Joanne Froggatt who won Best Supporting Actress for the still wonderful Downton Abbey said, “Ill-fitted T-shirts stretched over a gut are my pet hate.”…. British bombshell and nominee for Best Actress in a Drama for Gone Girl Rosamund Pike said, “I think it’s OK to play to your strengths, and if I have a quality of Englishness that people like, I won’t hide that. I’m probably not going to play a junkie and that’s OK because there are other people who will do it better.”…. Selena Gomez, Drake, and Tyson Beckford Pare are all fans of Pergola, the Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge on West 28th St. On Valentine’s Day, the hotspot will offer two dining options, romantic dinners downstairs and a couples-free zone upstairs for singles in the city that want to meet. pergolanewyork.com … Dale Noelle of True Model Management, who has worked with Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Derek Lam, hosted a party at Proper West to raise awareness of the beauty in all body shapes and sizes in the lead up to NY Fashion Week. truemodel.net
The National Arts Club and its Office of Fine Arts, directed by Dianne B. Bernhard, presented a rare series of 80 etchings from the Spanish master Francisco de Goya entitled Los Caprichos. Guests included Brazilian Ambassador Ana Lucy Cabral Petersen, filmmaker Angela Bernhard Thomas, Interior Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper and Lisa Jackson, Christine Schott-Ledes and George Ledes, Jean Shafiroff, Janna Bullock and artist Anton Perich. The exhibition marks the first installment of the Offices of Fine Arts Winter 2015 program, which will be followed by a show of unseen works by Salvador Dali. These shows compliment the club’s previous exhibitions, including 2014’s record breaking drawing exhibit ‘Charles James: Beneath the Dress,’ from the collection of R. Couri Hay as well as work by Rembrandt, Picasso and Emilia and Ilya Kabakov. nationalartsclub.org … Polo model Morgan O’Connor has branched out into the art world. He gave an opening at his Chelsea carriage house called Pashion Week for artists SeanPenncils and Beau. Guests included gallerist Eric Mourlot, George Merck and Tom Shaeffer, Nick Graham and Elizabeth Gaynes. … Tony Award winner Terrance McNally’s It’s Only a Play opened with Martin Short taking over the role previously played by Nathan Lane; the show also stars Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham and the luminous Stockard Channing, who said, “I hate parties and dressing up. I am the worst celebrity ever!” Leading the applause were actress and author Leesa Rowland and real estate mogul Larry Wohl, actor and director Steve Stanulis, Nicole Noonan, CEO of Novitas, the company that funds divorce litigation, Society Band Leader Alex Donner, philanthropist Elaine Sargent, event marketer Herb Karlitz, Jodi Barrett of Seriously FunnyGowns.com, Altaneve Prosecco vintner David Noto and Merchant Solutions Group’s CEO Billy Morrissey … The Who’s Who of NYC Nightlife came out for The GLAM Awards at BPM Nightclub in the OUT HOTEL. The night was hosted by Michael Musto and Bianca del Rio, who just won Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo after getting her big break at the OUT. bmpny.com