UPDATED, 3:54 PM: Sandy Murphy, General Manager of the Beverly Hilton, today issued an apology for the transportation problem that left more than 1,000 people stranded after Sunday’s Golden Globes:
“Due to the heightened concerned for high-profile events like the Golden Globes we consulted with local and national authorities and it was determined that it was necessary to move the majority of security screening away from the hotel. We are dealing with a dynamic security environment and we will continue to adjust and improve our plans for all future events. The safety and security of our guests must always be a priority. We apologize for any inconvenience or delays this increased security may have caused to our guests.”
PREVIOUSLY, January 11: The perseverance and endurance of would-be Golden Globes partygoers was seriously tested tonight by a new transportation policy that left over a thousand people stranded for hours in a parking lot from hell. According to the guidelines for the 2016 Globes, all going straight to the after-parties were to park in Century City and take a shuttle as pedestrian access to the Beverly Hilton was banned.
The majority of the companies hosting after-parties had designated the parking structure at 1999 Avenue of the Stars, where shuttles were to begin departing at 8:30 PM. By 8:30 PM, the ground level of the lot looked like the line for Pirates Of The Caribbean ride at Disneyland on a holiday weekend, with the line snaking and zig-zagging to fill every inch of the space with people. It was barely moving, so by 9:30 PM, the line was stretching over four parking levels. The group, featuring talent agents, executives, and even TV personalities and actors, were forced to stand in formal wear, with women trying to balance on high heels and not to sweep the parking lot with the trails of their gowns. Some tried to make light of the situation as evidenced by this selfie taken inside.
Many gave up; of the ones who didn’t, even those who had lined up as early as 8:15 PM did not get to the parties until 10:15 PM, making for some of the least crowded Golden Globe soirees ever. For others, the wait was as much as three hours.
“Us one-percenters don’t like to stand in line and there we were,” one industry insider said. “It was so funny.”
Ironically, there was a second parking lot just three blocks down Avenue of the Stars where there was absolutely no wait. Fox opened its Galaxy parking structure, which serviced the company’s party, with partygoers being checked in, walked through metal detectors and loaded into shuttles within a couple of minutes of arrival.