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Behind the scenes at the Golden Globes

Some people really know how to throw a party.

Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association brings the top stars from TV and film to a booze-soaked, black-tie dinner, invites them to catch up with colleagues as they collect accolades for their work, then puts the whole thing on TV as the Golden Globe Awards.

Sunday's 68th annual ceremony is unfolding at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom, where hundreds of stars, from Jane Fonda to Justin Bieber, are taking part in one of Hollywood's hottest parties of the year. Here's a running view from inside the festivities, where some of the most colorful moments happen off-camera.

Early-bird special
Guests at the Golden Globes eat early. A dinner of grilled beef tenderloin and sauteed sea bass was served just after 4 p.m., with barely a fraction of the ballroom filled. Among the early diners: Nominees Edie Falco and Alec Baldwin, Jenna Ushkowitz of "Glee," "Precious" director Lee Daniels and "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe.

Don't punish the staff
A voice over the loudspeaker bellows at 4:26pm, a little more than a half hour before the show is to start: Please take your seats." Meanwhile, a waiter watches over a table, waiting to clear away plates. "If the tables aren't completely clear at five minutes to 5, we'll be punished," he says in Spanish.

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    Image: Actress Natalie Portman from the film 'Black Swan' arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

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    Pregnant Natalie Portman, a nominee for best actress in a movie drama for "Black Swan," arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 16 in a pink satin Viktor & Rolf gown.

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    Angelina Jolie, nominated for best actress in a comedy for her work on "The Tourist," wore an emerald green Versace gown, as well as her handsome actor-partner, Brad Pitt on the red carpet.

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    Johnny Depp, who was nominated for best actor in a movie comedy for "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist," arrives at the Globes in a Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo.

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    Emma Stone, nominated for her work in "Easy A," arrives in a nude-colored Calvin Klein gown

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    Carrie Underwood strikes a pose in a glittery Badgley Mischka strapless gown on the red carpet.

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    The "Twilight" series star takes in the screams of his adoring fans on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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    The actress wears a beaded nude Jenny Packham gown and new bangs.

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    The "Country Strong" star strikes a demure pose in a cream-colored Burberry gown.

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    The newly single actress arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in a nude beaded gown with fluttery sleeves and a tulle train.

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    The "Project Runway" host, with her singer-husband at her side, goes with a 70s-inspired Marc Jacobs gown on the Globes' red carpet.

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    The actress, nominated for best actress in a movie drama for "Frankie and Alice," wears a Nina Ricci gown.

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    The "Mad Men" star goes for the bold with a bright red Versace gown on the red carpet.

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    The "Mad Men" star is awash in red ruffles by Romona Keveza on the red carpet.

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    The actor, nominated for best supporting actor in a movie for "The Town," takes a knee for photographers on the Golden Globes red carpet.

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    The actress, nominated for best actress in a movie drama for "Rabbit Hole," arrives in a pale yellow Prada gown.

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    The actor-comedian, who is the host of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, was all smiles on the red carpet.

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    The pregnant "30 Rock" star was a vision in blue on the Globes red carpet.

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    The actor arrives with his wife Susan Downey, right, for the Golden Globe Awards.

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    The actress, a nominee for her work in "Love and Other Drugs," wears an amber-toned, bejeweled Armani Prive gown at the Golden Globes.

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    The actor and his wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the The Beverly Hilton.

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    The actor, nominated for best actor in a movie drama for "Blue Valentine," strikes a pose for photographers on the red carpet.

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    The actress, with her husband, actor Brian Austin Green, wears a pale pink Armani Prive gown as she arrives at the Beverly Hilton.

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    The 'Mad Men' star arrives in a strapless emerald green Donna Karan gown. She is a nominee for best actress in a drama series.

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    The actress, a nominee for best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for her work in "Temple Grandin," is radiant in a pink Calvin Klein halter gown.

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    The actress, nominated for her work in "The Fighter," was stunning in a glamourous navy gown with cutout.

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    The actress, nominated for her work in "Black Swan," wears a one-shoulder emerald green Vera Wang gown on the red carpet.

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    The actress, nominated for best actress for her work in "Blue Valentine," stands out on the red carpet crowd in a flowery Valentino gown.

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    The actor, who is the executive producer of "The Social Network" and a nominee for best actor in a movie comedy for "Casino Jack," arrives at the Globes.

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    Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon -

    The actress, a nominee for best actress in a drama series for "The Closer," arrives in a yellow silk chiffon gown with her actor-husband at her side.

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    The singer/dancer arrives in a black gown with a beaded collar for Sunday's show.

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    The "Big Band Theory" star, and nominee for best actor in a comedy series, opted for a classic tuxedo for the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.

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    The actress, a nominee for best supporting actress for "The King's Speech," opts for a very bohemian look.

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    The teen pop idol tries his best not to smile on the red carpet.

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    The "Glee" star sports a slinky, beaded black gown for Sunday's red carpet.

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    The actress, nominated for best actress in a drama for 'Winter's Bone,' arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards.

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    The singer-actress hit the red carpet in a Zuhair Murad gown.

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    The "Glee" star was among the only stars sporting a mohawk at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

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    The writer-actress, a nominee for best actress in a TV comedy for "30 Rock," wears navy blue on the red carpet.

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    Actor Kevin McHale arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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    The actress arrives at The Beverly Hilton in an ice-blue Ramona Keveza gown. She is a nominee for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for "The Client List."

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    The "TRON: Legacy" star, a presenter at Sunday's show, flashes her golden Christian Louboutin heels and her Marchesa dress on the red carpet.

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    The actress arrives for the Globes in a sparkly purple print dress.

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    The "True Blood" star was among the stars on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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    The "Nurse Jackie" star, and nominee for best actress in a TV comedy, arrives at The Beverly Hilton.

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    The actor arrives at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

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    The "Desperate Housewives" star steps out in a black Zac Posen gown, one that featured a very long train.

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    The 14-year-old "True Grit" star arrives strikes a fetching and age-appropriate pose on the red carpet.

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    The actress goes very minimal on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.

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    The "Modern Family" star arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

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    The actress, nominated for best supporting actress in a TV series for "Dexter," arrives in a black one-shoulder gown.

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    The "Breaking Bad" star and nominee for best actor in a drama arrives at the Beverly Hilton.

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    The former "Dancing With the Stars" finalist was among the first stars to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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Hockey wife
Ladies room chatter, Golden Globes style: A partygoer greets Carrie Underwood and asks the newlywed how married life is with Mike Fisher of the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators. "It's all good. No complaints," the country music star replies.

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Take your places
With 10 minutes to showtime, Mark Wahlberg straightens his bow tie. Natalie Portman and her fiance hold hands as they look for their seats. A publicist leads Robert Downey Jr. and his wife to their table.

Lights, camera...
The lights flash as the producer's voice comes over the loudspeaker: "One minute to live, please take your seats."

Zip it, Christian
They seem intent on keeping things moving tonight. The first award winner, Christian Bale, was trying to give a shout-out to Robert DeNiro at the end of his acceptance speech when the orchestra played him off the stage.

Live video: Backstage at the awards

Bribe time
Host Ricky Gervais wasted no time making light of accusations that Golden Globes are bought and paid for "I'd like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason 'The Tourist' was nominated was so the Hollywood foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie," Gervais said during his opening monologue. "That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes." Depp, sitting in the audience, cracked a slight smile.

Vampire vice
Even handsome vampires need a smoke break at the Golden Globes. Midway through the show "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson stepped onto a veranda just outside the ballroom for his. Mark Ruffalo, after a friendly chat with Michelle Williams, was heard asking, "Is there a bar around here?" Sea of tulle
"I'm trapped in a sea of tulle," Scarlett Johannson quipped as she attempted to navigate her way through the dining room during a commercial break. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams and Bijou Phillips chatted with Jack McBrayer as Brad Pitt gently rubbed Angelina Jolie's back as the couple sat at a table near the stage.

Dynamic duos
Power couple mash-ups: During a commercial break Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chat with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. Meanwhile, Emma Stone kibitzes with Julie Andrews as "Glee" nominee Matthew Morrison leads co-star Dianna Agron to the pair's seats. Mwah! Mwah!
From the Golden Globes mutual admiration society: "You deserve it." "No, you," nominees Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter say, exchanging air kisses, as they cross paths.

More 'Tron'
Back to the smoking patio, where "Tron: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund said he knows what film he'd like to be involved in next: a sequel to "Tron: Legacy." As for this year's Golden Globe nominees, he was partial to "The Fighter" and "The Social Network." Parting gifts
After the Golden Globe awards, even the losers go home winners. On the way out everyone is told to grab a leather satchel. Each is stuffed with cosmetics, candy and a book of style secrets.

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