While some of the actresses admitted to being a little light-headed from one too many during the ceremony, for the most part a subdued, well-mannered crowd of beautiful people filled the Beverly Hilton ballroom.
Harrison Ford, honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award, may have been the exception to this, as he seemed a wee bit lit. His speech was a little slurred. Of course, it could've been dry-mouth from nerves, but with all that liquor abound and his new young and lively gal pal Minnie Driver keeping him busy, it could be that Harrison felt there was good reason to have a liquid celebration.
And the Winners Are...
And, oh yes — the winners. By the end of the evening, it had been deemed "The Aussie Invasion."
The reason: Australian winners included Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Rachel Griffiths and Judi Davis.
As per usual, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made up of fewer than 100 members, went off the beaten track in many categories. This is to say, their choices were anything but expected by those in the industry.
With best television series drama nominees like The Sopranos, West Wing, and CSI, the HFPA chose to go cutting edge by selecting newcomer Six Feet Under.
Other surprising selections included Charlie Sheen beating out Kelsey Grammer, Eric McCormack and Frankie Muniz for best actor in a comedy series.
Kiefer Sutherland was pegged best actor in a drama series, despite such weighty company as Martin Sheen and James Gandolfini. Best director for a motion picture went to Robert Altman for Gosford Park.
This was a true shock, as Altman was up against the favorite Baz Luhrman for Moulin Rouge, as well as David Lynch for Mulholland Drive, Peter Jackson for Lord of the Rings and even the great Steven Spielberg for A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
But then, as if to say, "Oops we'll fix that," Baz Luhrman still walked away a winner as Moulin Rouge was named best motion picture, musical or comedy.
The expected winners included Sissy Spacek, who pulled out best actress in a drama honors for her role in the small-but-poignant film, In the Bedroom, Nicole Kidman, who grabbed best actress in a musical or comedy for Moulin Rouge, and Russell Crowe, who walked away with the best actor in a drama honor for A Beautiful Mind, which was also named best motion picture drama.
On the traditional side, the HFPA followed the Television Academy leaders with their choices of Sex and the City as best television comedy, and star Sarah Jessica Parker as best actress in a comedy series.
As far as what happened after the show... it was anyone's guess, as nine parties took place in the hotel. They were, of course, private — but clearly chock full of stars as the notables immediately bustled into the lobby and headed in different directions to party the night away.
Overall it was a star-packed night and it was easy to see that Hollywood is happily settling back into what it does best: celebrations and awards, awards and celebrations.
Heidi Oringer is director of entertainment programming at ABCNEWS Radio.