Disbelief and Laughs Behind the Scenes at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes has long been considered one of Hollywood's biggest parties.

On Monday night, ABC News got behind the velvet ropes to find out what was on the minds of some of Hollywood's biggest names and newest faces.

ABC News entertainment contributor Cat Deeley rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood's elite.

Meryl Streep, who won her sixth Golden Globe for her role as a maniacal magazine editor in "The Devil Wears Prada," weighed in on what she wished she knew at the beginning of her career.

"Don't worry about your weight, ever! I think that that's a big thing for actresses," Streep said. "It was when I was younger, and it still is."

Helen Mirren, who picked up an award for her portrayal of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen," said young actresses should believe in their talent.

"Remember to follow your instinct and believe in your instinct. Believe in it, because really that's all you have, in the end," she said.

A 'Dream' of a Night

One of Hollywood's newcomers, Jennifer Hudson felt like she was living in a dream after winning for best supporting actress for "Dreamgirls."

"I can't believe it. Every moment, if you see me black out it's because I'm like, this is really happening, and this reassures me that this moment is really real," she said.

Eddie Murphy, Hudson's co-star who picked up a Globe for his role in "Dreamgirls," said acting in the film about the rise and fall of a 1960s trio of black female soul singers challenged him like nothing else.

"I do comedy, and this movie was a musical drama. I've never done anything like this. So, you're in completely unchartered waters as a performer, you know. You're in a place you've [never] been before," he said. "And once I got there, and I was comfortable, it became fun."

Among the fresh faces that graced the stage, America Ferrera, with her emotional acceptance speech, was perhaps the most memorable.

Ferrera, who won a best actress Globe for her role in the ABC series "Ugly Betty," talked about the importance of being a good role model for her fans.

"When you hear from a young girl, 'I never felt beautiful until I watched "Ugly Betty,"' you can't put that feeling into words," she said. "It's really. … It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience and role."

Shining Bright for 'Grey'

The Golden Globes proved to be a big win for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which won for best TV drama.

Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the hit hospital drama show, said that despite the pressure it put on her, the award was always in the back of her mind.

"You hope, but you don't really like to do things like that to yourself," she said.

Her co-star Patrick Dempsey had a more philosophical take on awards.

"You practice, though," he said about winning. "You're like, 'If I win something, I'm going to say this,' and then you have the empty hand. And now we have something in the hand!"

Now that the Golden Globes have been doled out, anticipation is rising for the biggest awards ceremony of the season: the Oscars.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 23.