Mingling, meandering, drinking and no seat-fillers: The Golden Globes atmosphere is more dinner party than awards show.
Angelina Jolie sat with Clint Eastwood, Tom cruise had his arm around Steven Spielberg and Emma Thompson crouched at the table beside Sandra Bullock while Beyonce and Jay Z shared a laugh with a show worker.
Heath Ledger's supporting-actor win brought the room to it's feet, the first standing ovation of the night.
TV's it girls: America Ferrera, Christina Applegate and Kyra Sedgwick sat side by side, then Sally Field sidled over for a chat. Renee Zellweger was led to her seat by her publicist as Laura Dern checked her Blackberry at the table.
In line for the ladies' room, Anne Hathaway told a fellow partygoer, "My mom's having a great time, thanks."
Mickey Rourke held court on the smoking patio, collecting accolades for his performance in "The Wrestler" as he posed for photos with fans an puffed on a Marlboro red.
Laura Dern's husband Ben Harper shed tears as his wife won for TV supporting actress.
Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, was filming with a handheld camera.
As Steven Spielberg came into the venue, he was congratulated by so many well-wishers that he could hardly make it to his seat. Spielberg was on hand to accept a lifetime achievement award.
The Jolie-Pitts were fashionably on-time: Brad Pitt led Angelina Jolie in by the hand with less than two minutes before showtime.
Prior to showtime, the tables were decorated with white lilies and roses and oversized bottles of champagne.