Life is full of little moments that pass without much notice, and I try my best to live every moment to the fullest and enjoy each and every experience to the best of my ability. Some moments – like early morning school drop-off – take a little more work to enjoy (can I get my caffeine on an IV drip, please?). However I manage to find happiness in the little things – like the quiet moments together eating breakfast with my children before embarking on a day of chaos. And then there are other moments – like being invited to attend the Golden Globes as a guest of Diet Pepsi to celebrate the launch of their new “Love Every Sip” campaign – that are so huge and momentous that it is impossible not to savor every single moment.
I’m an avid red carpet watcher, plus a huge follower of celebrity news, so this opportunity truly felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. In my wildest dreams I never imagined that a sheltered Catholic school girl from suburban Louisiana would end up smack in the middle of Hollywood attending one of the hottest events of the year. But on Sunday, that is exactly where I found myself. And I was on a quest to share some insider secrets with you all when I returned this week – because there is more to the Golden Globes than what you see on TV!
First things first – it would seem that when you are told you will be provided with “shuttle service” to and from the event – it really means you’ll be provided with a limo. Coolest. Shuttle. Ever.
Also, even when you enter the Golden Globes and you’re not a celebrity – you still get to walk on the red carpet and feel like a million bucks. I loved walking the red carpet, and by doing so I was able to check something major off of my bucket list.
I learned that if you were not nominated for a Golden Globe, you do not get to enter the famed ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, but if you are a celebrity who wasn’t nominated, a guest of someone who was nominated, or of one of the sponsors, then you are invited to be in the same building and watch the show at one of the many viewing parties. We were at the only “official” Golden Globes viewing party sponsored by NBC on the rooftop of the hotel. It was pretty amazing.
In my very unprofessional opinion, it seemed that the later that a celebrity arrives on the red carpet, the more cache’ they have. Most celebs were in the ballroom at least 20 minutes before the live show began. But when the countdown was on, with the powers that be squaking “5 minutes until showtime, please enter the ballroom and take your seats” over the loudspeaker the likes of George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Garner were practically racing down the red carpet with their huge entourages. Other notable “late shows”? Jane Lynch, Adele, Jodi Foster, Mel Gibson, Jason Bateman, Les Mis director Tom Hooper, and Hugh Jackman. (In the photo above you should be able to spot Tom Hooper, Jane Lynch, and Mel Gibson sharing a laugh with Hugh Jackman.)
Some celebrities in attendance are simply there because they are famous. For instance, I met the lovely and talented Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist while at the viewing party. Also spotted? Rapper 50 Cent, Olympian McKayla Maroney, The Saturdays, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and so many more.
Also it seems that those who attend the viewing party aren’t shown the commercials. Upon further reflection this seems like an obvious choice, but considering that I was there and so excited to see the new Diet Pepsi spot with Sofia Vergara I was a bit bummed to not see the world debut. However, I’ve seen it several times since then and now I get so excited every time it airs because it will always remind me of this amazing night.
How would you feel if you were invited to the Golden Globes? Do you love watching awards shows as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!