While the Golden Globes were dubbed “awkward” and “uncomfortable” during Jerrod Carmichael’s return on Tuesday, the show managed to reintroduce some Hollywood glam to the proceedings, which included Brad Pitt, A-list stars like Rihanna and Selena Gomez, Eddie Murphy, Sean Penn, and others.
The awards, once known for their zany, glamorous style, were more low-key than the stuffy Oscars at the Beverly Hilton.
The real action, as in previous years, took place at the bar and in the crowd at the back of the ballroom, when the cameras were turned off and stars and Hollywood executives could hug.
Rihanna is known for showing up late to red carpet events like the Met Gala. At the Golden Globes, she was the last star to arrive, half an hour into the show, holding the arm of rapper ASAP Rocky.
Just minutes after arriving, the pop star was defeated in the best song category. However, she was later seen kissing category winner M.M. Kala Bhairava. Behind the tune “Naatu Naatu” by foreign import “RRR” are Keeravani, Kala Bhairava, and Rahul Sipligunj.
Rocky began dating hip-hop artist T.I. after Rihanna’s death. See the bar hanging in the back? “Do you accept tips?” the Atlanta rapper inquired of the bartender after ordering a whisky. When the waiter whispered, T.I. pulled out a $100 bill and passed it across the bar.
Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniela Peake congratulated Austin Butler on his Best Actor win for “Elvis Presley” in the ballroom’s back row.
“You pulled it off on Saturday Night Live!” Tarantino mentioned Butler’s recent appearance as host of an NBC comedy show.
Butler then paired classic movie star Steve McQueen with one-time cinephile-turned-director Quentin Tarantino, saying he was curious about McQueen’s career.
Peake, who was dressed in a low-back gold gown, turned to ask “Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann what he thought of the gown. (He concurs.)