It may have been merely hump day everywhere else in the world, but in Los Angeles, Wednesday held an exciting start to the coming Golden Globes madness.
The Weinstein Co. took over the exclusive walls of the Chateau Marmont lobby and adjoining patio to toast its nominees and well-wishers, chief among them Michelle Williams -- Globe-nominated for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."
With her perma plus-one Busy Phillips at her side, Williams shook hands and took compliments, lighting up significantly upon seeing pal Bradley Cooper swing by.
Ridiculously gorgeous Paula Patton changed the molecules in the room with a form-fitting leather mini-dress, greeting a scruffy Jamie Foxx and Harvey Weinstein himself. "The Artist" lead Jean Dujardin roamed, sipping Grey Goose and mingling with the film's composer and costume designer.
The Ministry was excited to see the man behind one of the year's most talked-about performances: Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar in "Rise of The Planet of The Apes." We mentioned James Franco's recent missive about Serkis, saying his performance was deserving of Oscar gold.
"That's was totally unexpected and very sweet of him," Serkis told us.
Also sweet: Jane Lynch and wife Lara Embry sticking close together while actors Dane Cook and Jeremy Piven chatted up executive types. Geena Davis and Andie MacDowell looked luminous, conjuring the inevitable "How does she do it?" chatter from VIP wives and publicists.
It was a perfect evening to kick off this weekend's action -- stay tuned to our Division of Fabulous Parties for sightings, scoop and more.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Harvey Weinstein and Michelle Williams light up the Weinstein Co.'s Globe nominee party at Chateau Marmont on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images