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Golden Globes: George Clooney discusses the awards and other backstage stories (+video)

Patricia Arquette shows off some unexpected skills, Jessica Chastain discusses criticism of fact-based films, and more.

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As if they didn't look good enough on TV, guests at one Golden Globes after party had a team of specialists waiting to pretty them up as they walked in the door.

At the Weinstein-Netflix party, a hair station left ladies teased and sprayed to perfection while Laura Mercier cosmetics provided makeup touch-ups and samples. A nearby manicure bar pampered guests' digits.

After all that, there was a photo booth to capture the results.

Among those who dropped by were Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Hudson, Helen Mirren, and Mirren's husband, director Taylor Hackford.

At the Fox party next door, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Bob Thornton toasted the night's wins.

Sandy Cohen

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When the hottest stars in Hollywood fill a room, the temperature is bound to go up.

That's why the Golden Globes has a small army of makeup artists ready to touch up any runny mascara at a moment's notice.

Although the air conditioning was going full blast during Sunday's Golden Globes, some stars said it was stuffy in the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom, leading to worries of shiny on-camera faces.

Although "Downton Abbey" star Laura Carmichael left the ballroom looking English-rose impeccable after the show, she acknowledged it seemed awfully warm in there.

Lynn Elber

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Michael Keaton is not lacking fans, but following his Golden Globe win for best actor in a comedy or musical, a few of his peers also stepped up to show their support.

As the "Birdman" star walked up to the stage in the press room, Eddie Redmayne, who won the best actor award in the drama category, gave Keaton a joyous hug. The two actors patted each other on the back as Redmayne exited and Keaton prepared to face a room full of reporters.

Suddenly another voice overtook the already loud room: "Michael Keaton. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"

The hollering and clapping quickly silenced the room as reporters wondered who was making the racket.

It was Ethan Hawke, and yes, he was standing on a chair, too.

–Lindsey Bahr

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Julianne Moore may have walked away with a best actress Golden Globe for her performance in "Still Alice," but just a few months ago she was singing the praises of a different performance.

After she won Sunday night, Moore was reminded of what she had previously told a reporter in Toronto: "If Marion Cotillard doesn't win the Golden Globe, there is no justice."

"I did, indeed say that. That's true," Moore said, laughing. "So I am mighty surprised. I am mighty surprised."

Moore had been talking up Cotillard for her performance in "Two Days, One Night."

"I had seen Marion in Cannes and I was so flabbergasted by her performance. It was so, so beautiful," she said.

Cotillard, who has won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for previous work, was not nominated for that film.

–Lindsey Bahr

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If you were sharing a table with stars including Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, wouldn't you capture the moment with a selfie?

That's just what Emily Blunt did, with smiling husband John Krasinski at her side.

–Lynn Elber

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There are business deals going down among those cozy, starry tables at the Golden Globes.

Winner Michael Keaton met talk-show host Seth Meyers and quickly took the time to tell him how much he enjoys "Late Night With Seth Meyers."

"You are so funny on the show, man," Keaton said. "So good."

Responded Meyers: "Anytime you want to come on..."

–Sandy Cohen

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"If you're in this room, you've grabbed the brass ring." –George Clooney, reflecting on winning or losing a Golden Globe as he accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

–Sandy Cohen

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Patricia Arquette isn't afraid to take on a challenge, whether it's spending 12 years making the film "Boyhood" or snatching an errant microphone that was headed straight for her head.

Arquette was in the backstage pressroom to talk about the Golden Globe for supporting actress in a motion picture that she had just won for "Boyhood" when a production staffer accidentally bumped her microphone's long pole. That sent it flying toward her face.

But no worries: Arquette reached out and grabbed it with her free hand.

"Did you see my ninja skills?" she exclaimed.

–Lindsey Bahr

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Before taking the stage in the press room, Golden Globe winner Amy Adams had some business to take care of: Giving fellow winner Matt Bomer a big hug.

The "Big Eyes" actress apologized for the brief delay, explaining she "was hugging Matt, because what woman wouldn't want to hug Matt?"

The pair knew each other from years before when Bomer tested for the role of Superman and Adams tested for Lois Lane.

"Long before I had the opportunity to play Lois Lane," Adams explained of the role she finally won for the 2013 film "Man of Steel" and the forthcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Bomer received the Golden Globe for supporting actor in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television for his turn in "The Normal Heart."

"I'm just so happy for him," Adams said.

–Lindsey Bahr 

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For TV viewers, commercials are a chance to hit the fridge or pay even closer attention to their smartphones.

In the Golden Globes ballroom, it's a schmooze opportunity.

Among those taking impromptu meetings was George Clooney, who with his new wife, Amal, at his side and a "Je Suis Charlie" button prominently on his lapel, chatted up former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Industry Association.

Other confabs: Jane Fonda and Robert Duvall, and the sibling duo, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhall.

And let's not overlook the three-way bromance: Jake Gyllenhall hugging Mark Ruffalo hugging Matthew McConaughey.

–Lynn Elber

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Between "Selma," ''Foxcatcher," and "The Imitation Game," there has been no shortage of criticism over the historical accuracy of fact-based films this awards season.

Jessica Chastain is no stranger to this scrutiny.

The actress, nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting turn in "A Most Violent Year," recalled the intense scrutiny her film "Zero Dark Thirty" came under a few years ago, specifically over how accurate her portrayal of the woman who tracked down Osama bin Laden was.

"To be honest, it makes me really sad," Chastain told The Associated Press on the Globes' red carpet. "We don't make documentaries. We're supposed to hold a mirror up to society, tell us where we've been in our history, where we are today, and where we're going in our future. That means we have a take on it, we get to comment on that."

–Lindsey Bahr

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Perennial It-Girls Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon crammed as much catching up as possible during a Golden Globes commercial break.

But when a loudspeaker announcement boomed over the ballroom that only 30 seconds remained before the show returned live, the guy who plays Iron Man in the movies wasn't shy about telling them to wrap it up.

"Sorry, ladies, may I please get to my seat?" said Robert Downey Jr.

Witherspoon blushed and stepped aside, then joked to Aniston, "So rude, that one. So rude."

–Sandy Cohen

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"I'm not much of a drinker, so I'm going to eat seven pounds of pork." — Billy Bob Thornton describing how he'll celebrate his best supporting actor win for "Fargo"

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"There are thousands of people I would like to say thank you to. If I took the time to say thank you to everyone that I would honestly like to thank, Richard Linklater would have to make the movie and it would be 12 years long." –J.K. Simmons, accepting his Golden Globe for best actor in a supporting role, motion picture, for "Whiplash"

–Lindsey Bahr

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North Korea wasn't spared a lampooning from Golden Globes co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their riotous opening duologue at this year's Golden Globes.

Neither was the movie that aroused North Korea's wrath.

Poehler said the country's demand that "The Interview" not be shown ended up "forcing us to pretend we wanted to see it."

Fey added that North Korea's reaction to "The Interview" (the country said it considered it an act of war) was "not the worst review the film got" either.

–Frazier Moore

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George Clooney arrived exactly an hour before the start of the Golden Globe Awards, and he brought along some famous friends.

Model Cindy Crawford and actor Bill Murray rode in a sport utility vehicle with Clooney, who upon exiting the vehicle pointed out his new wife, Amal, to bleacher fans.

The group received boisterous cheers, but the loudest ones were reserved for Mr. and Mrs. Clooney.

–Anthony McCartney

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Before the other big-name celebrities arrived at the Golden Globes, Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, and other stars of the HBO show "Entourage" put in a little work.

The actors and co-stars Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly appeared to be shooting scenes for the upcoming "Entourage" movie. Between takes, they chatted and joked while other members of the production worked.

Just before their other acting friends and colleagues arrived to walk the red carpet for real, the "Entourage" group called things a wrap.

–Anthony McCartney

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