7:35 p.m. The driveway leading up the iconic property is packed with people, and the party has just started. A woman with a glittery and gold jacket does her best to stop each and every wannabe reveler, asking them where they are headed. One suit-clad gentleman says in a very ungentlemanly way, “I’m going to Stefano and Lynn’s party.” Not everyone needs the complete party title apparently, but this annual bash celebrates W’s “Best Performances” package featuring awards season standouts. More on that here.
7:36 p.m. Julie Delpy arrives and walks across the street to the crush of waiting photographers. (More on Miss Delpy later and how she feels about people asking her to pose, pose, pose for them.)
7:41 p.m. Following a few check-in points, it’s party time. The penthouse has been reimagined for the W party, and the long entry way (that leads to the living room and ever-crowded outdoor penthouse) is covered with mirrors on both sides, giving a minimalist, almost club-like feel. And, the penthouse is actually, not crowded at all. The walls outside on the sixth floor are covered with images from W’s 2017 spread.
7:49 p.m. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is here. She’s chatting with Hirschberg, while over their shoulder Tom Ford (wearing chic aviator sunglasses) is talking with Balazs. Ford’s husband, Richard Buckley, is there too.
7:52 p.m. ICM Partners’ John Burnham, wearing a sleek green leather jacket, glides through the party. Asked about his party strategy for the weekend, the veteran agent laughs, “I’m strategy-less.” He’s also without New Year’s resolutions. “I would break them anyway.”
7:56 p.m. Time to talk to Tonchi. How did they pick who got those coveted cover slots? “We always get inspired by what’s in the movies and the performances,” he says. “For this portfolio, we were also very inspired by the political situation and we felt the message should be come together.” So they brought together famous faces from this year’s standout films, asking them to pose very closely to one another. “Couples of every kind — black and white, men and women, men and men, woman and woman — that’s the beauty of the project.” Speaking of beauty, Tonchi said less became more when they redid the penthouse. “We wanted something minimal that is very ’70s in spirit but still feels futuristic. It’s very glamorous, clean and minimal.” He walks away because it’s time for him now to talk to Jackie star Natalie Portman, who arrives with publicist Barry Dale Johnson.
8:03 p.m. Delpy stands nearby with a friend, looking down from the ledge to Sunset Boulevard below. “I didn’t make resolutions actually,” says the multi-hyphenate. “I quit drinking and I quit smoking, not that I was doing either very much. Only a drink or two per week, and two or three cigarettes per week. I’m a very moderate person, but I decided to completely stop all of it and I feel great.” Speaking of feelings, Delpy says she’s always surprised when people ask to take her picture, like they did downstairs in front of the hotel. “I don’t do many films because I’m focused on writing and directing. I think people forget me, and I’m sure some do but not everybody apparently.”
8:11 p.m. Gersh Agency partner Leslie Siebert has arrived, fresh from her holiday vacation in Turks and Caicos. She’s not alone, however. Joining her are son Jack and his friend, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece. Yes, royalty has arrived. And when I ask her about New Year’s resolutions, so smiles with a rather ordinary answer. “I did make a resolution,” says the princess. “I was going to eat healthy and then on New Year’s day, I went to Subway before going to the airport. So the new me started the next day, but actually every Monday morning I say it.” (Dear Subway marketing execs: Even royals eat at Subway.) I don’t ask Siebert about Subway, but instead the query becomes her date to Sunday’s Globes. “I’m driving with David Schwimmer,” she says of longtime client. “But I’ll go and roam the room, working for three hours saying hi to people.”
8:25 p.m. I introduce myself to two striking guests, just for fun because that’s what parties are for, right? They’re cool and they tell me their names because I should know. It’s Kuba Tornado and Rivington Starchild. That’s all.
8:36 p.m. I don’t need to ask Jurnee Smollett- Bell’s name. No broken resolutions for the Underground star., who is standing next to the show’s co-creator Misha Green. “I didn’t set any. I did have a few things that I wanted to leave in 2016. They’re gone. I shook it off like Taylor Swift,” she laughs, before getting serious for a moment looking for food because it’s her first night out since having a baby boy in November. His name is Hunter.
8:43 p.m. Amy Adams and husband Darren Le Gallo find the terrace corner and post up there for most of the night.
9:07 p.m. Catriona Balfe weaves her way through the party. She’s one of many Globes nominees at the party along with Ford, Evan Rachel Wood, Rami Malek, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Damien Chazelle, Claire Foy, and Lily Collins. But she’s the only one who tells me this: “I didn’t set any resolutions, but I gave myself a word. I can’t say what it is, but it’s more of like a mantra of how I want to live for the whole year. A couple of years ago it was ‘no fear.’ ” The Outlander is making her second appearance at the Globes for back-to-back nominations for her work. And it sounds like last year she had a good time at the event. “I got to meet Mark Rylance and he gave me relationship advice,” she smiles. “Where I grew up, he’s this bastion of British theater — he’s amazing and that was very cool.”
9:21 p.m. Wearing a beanie and walking with wife Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake finds Adams and husband in the corner, where they each hug and strike up conversations like old friends. (A party insider says later that Timberlake never confirmed to attend the bash, but fortunately just showed up with his wife.)
9:31 p.m. With just one hour left in the party, the terrace starts thinning out. Lots of people still huddled near the bar drinking Moët.
9:36 p.m. After the party, it’s the hotel lobby. That’s always a thing at the Chateau, so it’s time for dinner in the courtyard, which is packed with notable names. Sharing the room downstairs are filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan and wife J. Smith Cameron, Chloe Sevigny, Garrett Hedlund, photographer Amanda Demme, arts maven Bettina Korek, China Chow and Jim Goldstein.
9:56 p.m. Weinstein Co. chief Bob Weinstein walks through the courtyard and ducks behind a curtain behind the bar. A server relays the information that the area behind the curtain is a designated smoking area. If one needs a lighter, ask the wizard.
10:15 p.m. A guest from the W party stops by the table to dish on who she saw upstairs. Ladies and gentlemen, Barbra Streisand made a cameo with husband James Brolin. “The seas parted for her, as they should,” says the reveler. “But you coulda blinked and you woulda missed her. She was in and out.” (As you may recall, Streisand had her own W cover in 2016.)
10:31 p.m. On his way back from the restroom, Hedlund meets Lonergan, who is on his way out. (On a personal trip to the restroom, Adams, Le Gallo, Timberlake and Biel are spotted holding court in the hotel lobby bar.)
10:39 p.m. This is not a joke: Weinstein reemerges from the designated smoking area behind the curtain. That was one long smoke-break, Mr. Wizard. (A source later says that Weinstein doesn’t drink or smoke.)
10:48 p.m. HFPA president Lorenzo Soria arrives to the courtyard, making his way from the W party upstairs. The man of the weekend is yet another reminder of the busy days on the horizon so time to call it a night.