By Donna Freydkin, Claudia Puig, Bill Keveney and Kelly Carter, USA TODAY Updated 1/18/2010 2:35 PM
Despite the clouds overhead, celebrities mingled and marveled at the awards they or their colleagues took home.

The bash:The Weinstein Co. post-party at the Golden Globes

The venue: The 210 Bar at the Beverly Hilton hotel

The stars: Penelope Cruz, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Anna Kendrick, Diane Kruger and Kate Hudson

Scene & heard: Sushi, shrimp and crab were served as various stars mingled. Julianne Moore hung out with her friend and her A Single Man director Tom Ford, and Fergie stayed by hubby Josh Duhamel‘s side. U2‘s Edge held court by the front bar. Kidman and her husband, Keith Urban, exited shortly after 9 p.m., escorted to their waiting car in the rain.

Despite hefty campaigning, the Weinstein Co. took home one major Golden Globe, for Christoph Waltz’s lauded turn as a scheming Nazi in Inglourious Basterds. But it didn’t dampen the mood at the bash.

For Nine‘s Fergie, the Globes were love at first sight.

“It was my first night at the Golden Globes. It was a very nice date. I love supporting the film. I loved seeing the speeches,” Fergie said. “I was very proud of Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens. That was one of my favorites.”

Up in the Air‘s Anna Kendrick praised Robert Downey Jr.’s speech (he won for playing a super sleuth in Sherlock Holmes) for being “hilarious” and not trying to “kiss anybody’s ass.”

“It made me laugh and it seemed very genuine. It was refreshing,” Kendrick said.

During the course of the night, the breakout star made a surprise connection with Glee‘s Lea Michele. “I’ve known her since I was a little kid. She was in Ragtime while I was in High Society. I didn’t put this together at all until she found me in the ladies’ room. We had a little reunion,” Kendrick said.

Outside, as the rain poured down, she and Basterds‘ Diane Kruger complimented each other on their equally eye-catching gowns. Kruger said that Mo’Nique’s best supporting-actress acceptance speech for playing an abusive mom in Precious “got me teared up. And of course, Christoph! At this point, I’m like, how many more awards can he possibly win?”

Colin Firth, the buzzed-about star of A Single Man, was all about the grub — and his stunner of a wife, Livia. After being told that she looked spectacular in her white strapless frock, Firth looked at her adoringly. “Doesn’t she?” he said. The highlight of his night? “Mine was getting food about five minutes ago. I got to be in the same room as Paul McCartney. That’s never happened to me,” he said. — Donna Freydkin

The bash: Summit Entertainment’s post Globes party for The Hurt Locker

The venue: Beverly Hilton, eighth-floor Terrace, overlooking the Beverly Hills skyline

The menu: Coconut shrimp, Chinese noodles, an assortment of dim sum and dipping sauces

The stars: Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Robert Downey Jr., Jodie Foster, Bill Paxton, Taylor Lautner, Jeremy Renner, Pierce Brosnan, Jodie Foster, Ashley Greene, Matthew Morrison, Bryce Dallas Howard, Brian Garrity, Evangeline Lilly and Kathryn Bigelow.

Scene & heard: Jeremy Renner congratulated Robert Downey Jr. on his best actor (comedy) win. Downey said he would share his Golden Globe with Jude Law, his co-star in Sherlock Holmes. He talked about enjoying sitting next to Sandra (Bullock) and her husband, Jesse James. “It was nice company,” Downey said.

Downey’s wife, Susan, hastened to add that his quip in his funny and much-talked-about acceptance speech about her prediction that Matt Damon would win did not mean she lacked confidence in her husband. She had merely been reading the prognostications (including USA TODAY’s) online.

“I just want to make it clear: I did not say Matt Damon was going to win,” Susan Downey said. “I just looked up the predictions on websites. Robert, of course, very felt confident about it, as he has to. That’s his job, in this situation, and on-set. My job as a producer is to prepared for every possible scenario. I’m grounded and cautious, and he has the bravado and ‘go for it’ attitude. But, if it’s possible, I’m his biggest supporter. I think he did genius in the role.”

He had spoken earlier of good-naturedly teasing his wife. (He also gently mocked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, calling them “a strange group.”)

Susan Downey was all about clarification as she stood smiling near her husband: “He’s got a fantastic sense of humor. I just hope people get it.” As she spoke, he gamely posed for photographs with party-going fans until he’d had enough. “That’s the last picture I’m taking,” he declared, and the pair took off soon after.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart chatted with well-wishers, and Taylor Lautner hung out with Glee star Matthew Morrison on the outer reaches of the terrace. Minutes after Lautner left, Bill Paxton and his 10-year-old daughter, Lydia, arrived, with the express purpose of introducing Lydia to Lautner.

While Paxton waxed joyful about his friend James Cameron‘s win for director and Avatar‘s best-picture prize, his daughter looked around anxiously. She seemed crushed to hear her favorite New Moon star had already left. “Did he just leave?” she asked. Dressed in a dark-green party dress, silver ballet-slipper-style shoes and clutching a little silver bag, she posed with her father for a few pictures together, then left shortly thereafter. As they walked out, Paxton could be heard reassuring his disappointed daughter, “Let’s not worry about it, honey.” — Claudia Puig

The bash:HBO‘s post-Golden Globe party

The venue: Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton

The stars: Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart; Stanley Tucci; Martin Scorsese; Bill Paxton; David Duchovny; David Chase; Jessalyn Gilsig and Jayma Mays of Globe winner Glee; and most of the cast of HBO’s Entourage.

Scene & heard: Partiers ate and drank poolside (it was mostly covered) at the traditionally well-attended party, with guests waiting to get in all evening. Inside, Parenthood‘s Lauren Graham showed off her dazzling Globe jewelry to an admirer; Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier leaned casually against a column while talking to a friend; and Globe winner Drew Barrymore and Justin Long walked about, hand in hand.

Globes host Ricky Gervais relaxed in a rear corner with girlfriend Jane Fallon and friend and colleague Ashley Jensen and her husband, as well-wishers came up to compliment Gervais on his performance. “I had a blast,” he said.

Gervais said he didn’t want to offend anyone during the show, “but I think you’ve got to push the boundaries and tease people. And they all took it brilliantly.”

He had some memorable moments.

“I enjoyed doing the Mel Gibson bit. For me, the highlight was everyone (who was teased) took it with such good humor,” he said. “I was worried about the joke about Paul McCartney, and he came back and hugged me and said he loved it. I was worried about Colin Farrell and he hugged me and said, ‘I (expletive) knew you were going to do that.’ ”

And Gibson? “He just laughed and pointed at me.”

As for awards results, Gervais said he was pleased to see Michael C. Hall win for Showtime’s Dexter. “It’s just one of the best shows of all time.”

Chloë Sevigny posed for pictures with her Globe, which she won for HBO’s Big Love. She was happy to be with her colleagues for the evening. “We just wrapped (the season) on Thursday, so this is our wrap party extraordinaire.”

She hopes the award may raise awareness of the series. “It’s a great show, and I think anyone that starts and commits to it really loves it.”

January Jones, a nominee for her role on AMC’s Mad Men, was sitting with her family as she took in the party. Asked for the evening’s highlight, she had an unexpected answer. “The highlight was me not winning because I didn’t have to go on stage. I have terrible stage fright,” she said.

Jones didn’t have any details to offer on the next season of Mad Men, except for one. “I do know that I’m in it. So that’s good.”

Jane Adams of HBO’s Hung enjoyed the evening’s pageantry, but she had one small request. “I love events like this, and everyone looks really beautiful. I just wish I could be in my pajamas at the same time or in jeans and a T-shirt.” — Bill Keveney

The bash: 11th annual Warner Bros. and In Style Golden Globe After-Party

The venue: Oasis Courtyard at Beverly Hills Hilton

The stars:Sandra (Bullock)Bullock Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Bacon, Julianna Margulies, Ashley Olsen, Justin Bartha, Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Michael C. Hall, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Gabourey Sidibe, Jane Krakowski, Heidi Klum.

Scene & heard: The courtyard was transformed into a sophisticated penthouse, complete with a 24-foot contemporary art-installation chandelier and cityscape views from around the country by Thomas Ford of Tom Ford Designs.

As soon as Cooper entered the party, he made a beeline for the buffet. He was briefly interrupted by a woman who asked if he could take a photo with her. Not only did he agree, but he took the stranger’s camera and held it in front of them to snap the photo. Then he grabbed a plate and filled it with Chateaubriand, mashed potatoes, carrots and penne pasta. “I’m starving,” he said, explaining that he didn’t eat at the show because when “we arrived, it was dessert. They eat before the show starts. If I don’t eat something, I’m going to pass out.”

Bartha sat with his arm draped around girlfriend Olsen for a while before getting up to chat with his other male co-stars from The Hangover. Hall clutched his trophy and doing a little shimmy when The Dan Band, which appeared in The Hangover, played Beyoncé’s Single Ladies.

Krakowski plopped down on a couch in the Godiva lounge, complaining about her feet then lifting a leg high in the air to expose her shoes. Sidibe squealed in delight when she saw Talk Soup host Joel McHale. “I love your show!” she told him.

In the Godiva lounge, guests sipped Godiva Truffletini cocktails made with vodka and Godiva liqueur on the rocks. Mounds of various types of chocolates were offered.

“Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by chocolate,” Garner said with a smile.

Klum selected chocolate macaroons and her husband, Seal, opted for the chocolate almond bar. “I like macaroons and they have very nice macaroons,” said Klum, who wore a body-hugging Roberto Cavalli gown. She appears on the February cover of In Style. “I love dressing up and going to the Golden Globes.”

Damon spent an inordinate amount of time chatting with Geoffrey Fletcher, who wrote the screenplay for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.

“We were in the same freshman dorm together” at Harvard, Damon said. “I used to call him Fletch, but now he’s Geoffrey Fletcher. I’m really proud of him. He’s going to have a huge career and he deserves it. I’m telling him, ‘Look, I want to direct. You’ve got to write me something. How can you write Precious and not bring it to me first?’ ”

Damon liked Meryl Streep‘s acceptance speech. “I thought Meryl did a good job of tempering, giving everything that’s going on. It was really tough to come out and do this, I think for a lot of people. It feels weird. But there were enough of us who felt like if we get up, we’ll be able to push some attention towards Partners in Health, Doctors without Borders, UNICEF, Red Cross and people who are doing really good work in Haiti.” — Kelly Carter, special for USA TODAY

The bash: Fox

The venue: Craft restaurant

The stars: James Cameron, Jeff Bridges, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Stephen Lang, Mickey Rourke, Colin Farrell, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Uskowitz, Harry Shum Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leona Lewis and Michelle Rodriguez.

Scene & heard: It was the only main party not held at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Cocktails flowed and guests in the VIP area dined on John Dory fish, prime rib, lamb, braised short ribs, vegetables, bread pudding, chocolate crêpes, fresh rhubarb cobbler, warm cookies and other desserts.

A frantic waitress carried a beverage through the VIP area asking, “Where did Mr. Bridges go? Where did Mr. Bridges go?” Levitt made the night of a young female admirer by posing for a photo with her before he left the party. Afterward, she ran and jumped on a cabana, screamed and kicked her legs in the air and showed the photo to a friend. Guests cheered for Cameron when he walked in clutching a Globe. The director and Saldana sat down on a banquette to chat and both turned to watch a television screen above them replaying the moment when Avatar won best picture, drama.

Lang said he and others from Avatar will soon take the film to the Mideast to show to the troops.

Will Saldana go?

“We’re trying to work all of the schedules because we’re still in the middle of doing press for the movie,” she said. “I would love nothing more than to go out there and show this movie to the people who are so easily forgotten when they’re not here, and they should be the ones who are the highest regarded people in any nation because they’re out there sacrificing their lives so that we can have a free night and celebrate the fact that we’re filmmakers.”

She shared a plate of food with a man, who even fed her. “We were doing press for an hour and a half after the awards,” she said. “I came here, got something to eat and now we have to get ready for morning shows for New York within an hour, so I have to leave.” — Kelly Carter, special for USA TODAY