updated 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
"I liked the color," said the best-dramatic-actress winner, who added stacked diamond bracelets by Neil Lane. Her boyfriend Stuart Townsend had to counsel her to "keep breathing."
Uma Thurman in Versace
Sans beau Andre Balazs, she instead clutched a one-of-a-kind Bottega Veneta bag named the Knot.
Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors
Makeup artist Scott Barnes created a "creamsicle look" to match the newly single Lopez's gown.
Jennifer Aniston in vintage Valentino
With Brad Pitt busy filming, she came on the arm of Friend Matt LeBlanc.
WOW OR OW?
Nicole Kidman in Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
"It's easy to move in," Kidman said of her silk-and-sequins gown, which some judged a flapper-style fashion flop. As for her gold mesh Boucheron headband, "I liked the weight of it. No earrings this year. Heavy earrings hurt your ears."
BABIES ON BOARD!
"I just loved this, and it fit me," said Blanchett, due this spring, of her Donna Karan gown.
Due in three months, Messing fit into her Isaac Mizrahi, even though "I have just kept growing and growing."
Parker (in Chaiken) thanked her newborn son for her ample bosom, winning a $1,000 bet with Janel Moloney. Parker's rep says the payoff will go to charity or for a present for Moloney.
Jude Law found the Globes "daunting," but girlfriend Sienna Miller (at the Miramax party) kept him smiling.
Scarlett Johansson kept bubbly at the INSTYLE/Warner Bros. bash, even though "I can't recline very well" in her Stella McCartney dress.
Winner Renée Zellweger (reuniting with Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Miramax party) joked that she "sold" her mom to get her $1.1 million vintage Cartier sapphire-and-diamond brooches.
There's a new Mr. Big in town: Tom Cruise kept Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall (in Valentino), Cynthia Nixon (in Luca Luca), Kristin Davis (in Prada) and Sarah Jessica Parker (in Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel) from dwelling on their show's finale.
"The meaning of this will kick in for me later," said winner Al Pacino, who kicked back with Meryl Streep (in Noriko Maeda) and Jessica Lange (in Carmen Marc Valvo) at the HBO party.
Charlize Theron (with boyfriend Stuart Townsend at the HBO party) fretted that "I forgot to thank my dogs."
At the Miramax party, Queen Latifah (in Bradley Bayou for Halston) shared her throne with former Iraq POWs Shoshanna Johnson and Jessica Lynch.
Prince jumped in to jam on his hit "Kiss" with the onstage band at the INSTYLE/Warner Bros. bash.
Kevin Costner (with fiancée Christine Baumgartner, right, and son Joe, 16) said daughter Lily, 17 (center), "was very graceful" as onstage assistant Miss Golden Globe.
"I just embrace the fact that I have a great film teacher," said directing winner Sofia Coppola of dad Francis (with her and cousin Nicolas Cage).
Like ex Kidman, Tom Cruise took his mom—a gig that's "a lot of fun," said Mary.
Miniseries nominee Troy Garity, 30, called mom Jane Fonda "the best date I could hope for."
Preparing for the Globes, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and kids Stella, 7, and Dakota, 14, "had a nice, easy day," said Griffith.
Mother Janelle was Kidman's date and dresser. "My daughter and son and my parents helped me get ready," said Kidman. "All the generations."
Daughter Annie "would look nice in mine, but I wouldn't in hers," said Jamie Lee Curtis of their Richard Tyler gowns.
behind the scenes
JENNY NOT TO TALK
Before braving the red carpet for her first post-Ben Affleck-split public appearance, Jennifer Lopez got last-minute advice from her publicist: "No talking, no interviews, just a wave and a smile."...
Tom Cruise attended without Penélope Cruz, who flew to Spain to visit her ailing father. "He's going to be okay," said Cruise, "but it was more important for her to be with her family than be here tonight." (Another no-show—winner Sean Penn—skipped the ceremony because of a previous commitment with daughter Dylan, 12.)...
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Diane Keaton's best-actress-in-a-comedy victory "felt very good except for the fact that my buttons popped open, so I felt like an idiot doing this as I went up the stage," she said, fidgeting with her Richard Tyler ensemble to demonstrate....
HEY, BIG SPENDER
Meryl Streep liked her two borrowed 14-carat Fred Leighton earrings so much, "I asked my husband to think about purchasing them. He looked at me like I was insane."...
"You name a celebrity and they've stepped on my dress tonight," said Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn, who enlisted dad Russ to guard the train of her Reem Acra gown. "I've been walking behind her all night hunched over," said Russ. "People are probably thinking I'm a weirdo."...
WHAT A DRAG
Sarah Ferguson struggled with her train too, "but it is not nearly as bad as the 15-ft. one that I got married in."...
TOO MUCH INFORMATION
"Tonight's our first night away from our 1-year-old [son Finnigan]," said Eric McCormack, adding that he and wife Janet had immediate plans to extend their brood: They booked a suite at the nearby St. Regis....
"What do we have here?" said Robin Williams, as he gleefully rubbed his hands over the dessert tray before heaping five desserts onto his plate. Jamie Lee Curtis rushed by balancing three plates of her own: "I have to bring more food for my kid!"...
At the INSTYLE/Warner Bros, party Wilmer Valderrama could run, he could hide, but he couldn't escape Brittany Murphy, who asked him to sing at her wedding to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz. Said Murphy: "I want you to do something special...maybe something with Enrique Iglesias....Have you met Enrique Iglesias? You two would get along like a house on fire."...
HEY JUDE. JUDE?
"Michael Vartan just kissed me hello," said a starstruck Jennifer Love Hewitt at the INSTYLE party, "and Tom Cruise stepped on my dress. I nearly fainted. I just need to see Jude Law and my evening would be complete."...
Arriving at the Universal/Focus party, Bill Murray made a beeline for the bar to split an Evian bottle with wife Jenny. "The highlight of my night? This dress," said Murray, pointing to Jenny's Prada gown. "I had a boring day. I watched Sharon Stone playing a cowboy on TV [in 1995's The Quick and the Dead]. That'll get you going."...
The Lord of the Rings crew (including Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Peter Jackson and Dominic Monaghan) celebrated their best-picture win at the New Line party by calling Viggo Mortensen—tending to family business elsewhere in L.A.—collect. "He accepted," said Monaghan. "We gave him a whole load of abuse and then hung up on him."...
ALL THAT GLITTERS
At the NBC/Access Hollywood/Target bash, Nick Lachey glowed in his Armani, thanks to wife Jessica Simpson. "It's got Jessica's body shimmer all over it," he sighed. "Every time we go out, I get her shimmer on me."...
Some celebs bemoaned this year's laid-back party scene. "It's kind of boring, actually, and my feet hurt," said Scarlett Johansson. "I'm not even having that good of a time."...
WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW
"I'm getting dizzy from circling," said Jennifer Love Hewitt. "I still haven't seen Jude. But if you do, send him my way!"
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