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Golden Globes 2012: Backstage Gossip

Date January 15, 2012
Golden Globes 2012: Backstage Gossip

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There are 17 cameras scattered throughout the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom, capturing the action inside the Golden Globes, but even they can't see everything. From the cocktail lounge to the outdoor smoking patio to the winner's walk through the kitchen, here's a running look at the starry happenings you didn't see on TV:

3 p.m. PST – Maybe he was afraid they would lock the door on him. Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, whose sharp-tongued wisecracks ruffled the feathers of some celebrity attendees at last year's show, was among the first to arrive for this year's Golden Globes. He got here two hours early, stopping outside long enough to say he won't mind being offensive again – as long as he's funny.

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3:59 p.m. – Burning a couple of their 15 minutes of fame: Two men holding Ernst & Young metal briefcases, presumably with the winners' envelopes inside, proudly pose for photos at the International Ballroom stage where the show will take place.

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4:03 p.m. – Just about an hour to showtime and the early arrivals are doing a little star-gazing of their own. Big-screen TV monitors are showing all the action on the red carpet outside, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have just arrived.

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4:10 p.m. – "Slumdog Millionaire" star Freida Pinto needed some triage help in the ballroom's women's restroom, where makeup artists and hair stylists are on hand for quick fixes. Pinto's fashion emergency: threads from the red carpet were clinging to the hem of her sweeping teal blue dress. A quick swipe of a sticky tape roller had her back at the party.

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4:29 p.m. – A fashion disaster is narrowly avoided as Michael Fassbender tells Tilda Swinton he almost stepped on her dress as they made their way down the red carpet. After playfully pretending to attack him, Swinton begins to walk away but stops abruptly when she really does feel a foot on her dress. Fassbender laughs and tells her that one was deliberate.

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4:39 p.m. – Paul Giamatti walks briskly down the carpet, ignoring cameras and reporters, just before an announcement urging everyone to get inside prompts a stream of stars to head for the door.

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4:45 p.m.: Let the ridiculing of the rich and famous begin. "He's no doubt going to rip me apart," a smiling Gerard Butler says as he prepares for Ricky Gervais' opening routine.

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4:46 p.m. – It's Angelina Jolie's world and we just live in it. While everyone else is rushing for the door, Jolie remains on the red carpet, continuing to grant interviews. Asked to name one thing she's most looking forward to this evening, she laughs and says, "Getting into bed with Brad."

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4:49 p.m. – Now that voice of authority is inside the ballroom and it's saying: "Please take your seats. We're 10 minutes from showtime and we have to start on time."

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5:15 p.m. – As Laura Dern accepts her Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy TV series, sitting in the audience beaming with pride is another Golden Globe winner, her mom Diane Ladd. Dern's mother won her Golden Globe in 1981 for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie made for TV.

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5:16 p.m. Fifteen minutes into the show, a late arriving Queen Latifah finally gets to take her seat in the ballroom. Latifah, who arrived three minutes into Gervais' opening monologue, had to stand in the back until she was shown to her seat next to Mary J. Blige.

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5:18 p.m. – "Downtown Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes had to run to make it back to his seat before the show resumed after the first commercial break. If he thought he was going to catch his breath he was wrong. He had to jump right up and head toward the stage to accept the best miniseries or TV trophy for the show.

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5:25 p.m. – Who has time to sit down for dinner when there are awards to hand out? One of the night's first presenters, Mila Kunis, is seen downing finger sandwiches straight off the platter in a cocktail lounge adjacent to the ballroom.

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5:35 p.m. – The champagne and wine are flowing freely at the backstage bar, but Jane Lynch of "Glee" is sticking to the alcohol-free beer. Before taking a sip she stopped to pose for pictures with a starstruck waiter.

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5:47 p.m. – Let's not forget there were an important football game going on during much of the first hour of the Golden Globes. Awards presenter Ashton Kutcher didn't. Almost an hour into the show he took to Twitter to ask, "Who won the game?" For the record, it was the New York Giants coming out on top 37-20 against the Green Bay Packers.

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5:48 p.m.: Even stars have to wait in line for the ladies room at the Golden Globes, as Jessica Alba discovered. After letting out a quiet curse, the actress passed the time by chatting with security guards as she waited for the long line to go down.

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6 p.m. – The bigger the name, the quieter the room. When stars like Michelle Williams or Madonna accept their awards the audience shuts up and listens to what they have to say. Not so for lesser-known winners. During their acceptance speeches the hubbub often gets so loud that the room fills with "shhhs."

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6:01 p.m. – Debra Messing takes a break from holding hands with co-presenter Katharine McPhee to share a hug and kiss with Salma Hayek.

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6:07 p.m. – Talk about stage fright. "He'll think I'm weird," Emma Stone muttered to herself as she and her "The Help" co-star Octavia Spencer approached Harrison Ford to ask if they could have a picture taken with him. Whatever he thought, Ford, who was seated with his wife, Calista Flockhart, smiled and graciously agreed to pose.

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6:19 p.m. – What would the union say about this? During a commercial break, "Glee's" Mark Salling pretended to film the Golden Globes with one of the show's cameras while his co-star Chris Colfer recorded the moment for posterity on his iPhone. "OK got it!" Colfer said after shooting a few frames

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AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story.

AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: . www.twitter.com/APSandy

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