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HBO toasts its Golden Globe winners: Chloe Sevigny, Kevin Bacon, Drew Barrymore

January 18, 2010 | 10:02 am

Bacon HBO has always had plenty to celebrate after awards shows honoring television. But for the innovative network's 2010 Golden Globe-winning actors -- familiar faces all -- Sunday marked their maiden voyage up to the podium to accept their awards.

Two winners -- Kevin Bacon, who won for the Iraq war drama "Taking Chance" after two noms, and three-time nominee Drew Barrymore, who won for her uncanny performance as dissipated socialite Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens" (which also won for best miniseries or motion picture made for television) -- did their victory laps at the always-packed HBO bash at the Beverly Hilton Circa 55 Restaurant before their next stops on the party circuit.

But first-time winner Chloe Sevigny spent the entire night basking in the network's acclaim at its orange-sequin-covered party space. Winning her first Globe for her role as a polygamous Mormon wife in "Big Love," a decade after her other nomination for "Boys Don't Cry," would have been stressful enough. But as Sevigny climbed the steps to the stage to accept her award, her escort accidentally stepped on her train. "I can't believe you ripped my dress!" she blurted.

Fortunately, the fashionista had a cocktail-length dress by Christian Lacroix on hand, and by the time she made it to the after-party, she had done a quickie costume change. "Hung's" Jane Adams, who'd been in competition with Sevigny for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, came over to give the winner a warm hug. "So well deserved," she said. "I told you."

Chloe But Sevigny said she was truly surprised. "I thought she would win," she said of Adams. "The show is terrific, and she's a great actress."

Clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. thought the same of Sevigny, who said her character, Nicolette Grant, "goes through a lot this season" -- "Big Love's" fourth, which premiered last week. 

Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays her character's sister wife on "Big Love," was beaming on her costar's behalf as she relaxed in a booth with her mother and boyfriend. "I'm overwhelmed," she said. "I still don't remember anything about the show except her winning. She's so complicated and intriguing."

Other HBO stars partying into the night and posing for pictures included Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara from the nominated series "Entourage," "Grey Gardens" nominee Jessica Lange and Alexander Skarsgard  from the nominated series "True Blood," who gave Kate Bosworth a lengthy smooch.

Off at a corner table, Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais huddled with Rose Byrne and producers of the FX Network series "Damages." Declaring he wasn't a party person, the edgy British comedian had set up camp at HBO, where he expressed satisfaction with the evening.

"I was worried about offending people," he said cheerfully. "I had the flu, I was hungry, I was worried about getting too drunk, but it was good. I stayed on beer. You stay on the beer, kids, and you'll never get drunk."

Backstage, he said, he was warmly greeted by two recipients of his zingers – Colin Farrell and Paul McCartney, whom he'd chided for his costly divorce from Heather Mills: "We actually came over on the same flight. I didn't get to speak to him because I was up the front in first class. He was behind me in coach. Saving money. He spent an awful lot last year."

As Gervais said later, "Paul McCartney came backstage and said, ‘I loved it.' "

-- Irene Lacher

Photos: "Taking Chance" winner Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick smooch it up on the way into HBO's Golden Globes party Jan. 17, 2010. Inside, Chloe Sevigny kicked back with her statuette for "Big Love." Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press

Related dispatches from the Golden Globe Awards:

Photo gallery: Red carpet arrivals -- in the rain

Best and worst moments from the Golden Globes broadcast

'Avatar,' 'Mad Men,' 'Glee' take home statues

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