updated 02/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST
Still, the Globes (where stars table-hop between dinner courses) are historically more fun than the Academy Awards, which they often presage. Most celebs kicked back quickly once inside the Beverly Hilton. "Whoosh!" exclaimed Sharon Stone as the bottle of Moet champagne she uncorked sprayed best comedy actor nominee Eddie Murphy. Later, as stars headed to the seven after-show soirees, spirits stayed high. Madonna clutched her best actress statuette for Evita ("I feel like I'm dreaming," she told reporters) to the bodice of her Dolce & Gabbana gown, while Mad About You's Helen Hunt, best actress in a TV comedy, triumphantly flaunted her award: "I'm going to put it on the hood of my car."