Shakin' Soiree

updated 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

THANKFULLY, THE ONLY TREMORS AT the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 22 were in the knees of the nominees. At L.A.'s first big get-together after the Big Enough One rocked the town, the high-profile crowd al the Beverly Hilton hotel admitted to some lingering jumpiness. "We thought of wearing hard hats," cracked Natasha Richardson, who arrived hand in hand with best-actor nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler's List). "But they didn't go with our outfits."

Still, in the best trouper tradition, the show went on, with some 1,300 turning out to see who would capture the pre-Oscar honors bestowed by the international journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Among the big winners: List, which won best dramatic film, screenplay and director (Steven Spielberg); and Seinfeld, which snared best TV comedy, actor (Jerry Seinfeld) and supporting actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) awards. As always, there was much gushing by the winners, but this year the gratitude seemed a tad more heartfelt. Said Louis-Dreyfus: "I'm so happy to have a job and, honestly, a house that stands."

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