Celebrities Didn’t Go Hungry At The Golden Globes – All Because Of Melissa McCarthy’s Secret Plan

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On January 6, 2019, the annual Golden Globe Awards put on its glamorous show at The Beverly Hilton in California. But while the celebrity-laden event featured plenty of back-slapping during its three-hour run-time, there was one thing that it apparently didn’t have: food. Yep, the stars of film and TV didn’t actually get fed while the awards were in full flow. Yet they didn’t need to worry about going hungry – because Melissa McCarthy was on hand to help.

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Of course, those attending the 2019 Golden Globes did get some food at one point during the day. It’s just that the dishes were served mostly before the awards-giving part of the event actually took place. And as the show goes live at 5:00 p.m., this food is surely more like a late lunch than an evening meal.

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In 2015, in fact, one of that year’s winners might have let slip the attendees hunger. Julianne Moore, recipient of the “Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama” award, suggested that the meals had been served at mid-afternoon. “I haven’t eaten since, like, 3:30[p.m.], so I am looking forward to doing that,” she told Los Angeles Magazine after her win.

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Fellow 2015 award-winner Billy Bob Thornton also seemed to imply that he was feeling peckish. “I’m not much of a drinker, so I am going to eat seven pounds of pork,” he said to the magazine. Mind you, they were lucky to get any food at all. The Golden Globes is, in fact, unique among top-tier awards shows in offering guests any meals at all.

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But that’s not to say that the food the actors receive isn’t top of the range. On the contrary, it seems that the show’s organizers pull out all the stops to deliver high-quality menus. In the past couple of years, in fact, the man responsible for serving the celebs at the Golden Globes was The Beverly Hilton’s then-executive chef – and regular TV star – Alberico Nunziata.

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And while Nunziata is no longer with The Beverly Hilton, that doesn’t mean that the hotel’s food standards have dropped. The new executive chef is, in fact, Matthew Morgan. He took the role in March 2018 after having spent more than five years with the hotel. That includes some time as the head sous chef, too.

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Chef Morgan naturally had a little help when it came to devising the menu for 2019’s Golden Globes. So, in addition to any behind-the-scenes team, head pastry chef Thomas Henzi took care of the sweet treats. And it likely goes without saying that Henzi is no slouch when it comes to desserts.

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In fact, the Canadian-born chef has more than three decades’ worth of experience in the confectionery game. He’s also been the recipient of the title “Pastry Chef of the Year” from Los Angeles’ Les Toques Blanches. So what kind of menu did these super-chefs offer for the Golden Globes?

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Well, to begin with, the glamorous guests were offered sweet potato vichyssoise. That’s a kind of thick soup, made from leek and potato, to us regular people. But this was no ordinary broth; it is the Golden Globes, after all. The chefs, therefore, used red garnet yams and golden leeks in this appetizer and topped it off with chives and seeds.

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Next up, the meat-eaters in the audience were served Chilean sea bass. This came accompanied with black rice, a variety of asparagus and carrots and was topped with crunchy herbs and roughly chopped pepper. But of course, not every member of the gathered elite would be carnivorous.

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For the vegetarians, then, Chef Morgan concocted a delicious-sounding stuffed squash. What was it stuffed with, you ask? Well, there was a sweet pepper hummus, some leafy green veg, legumes, grains, raisins and sprouts. Yet what you really want to see is what was for dessert…

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So, to round out the meal, there was something called a “pistachio cream cheese ivory” for afters. This involved chocolate and vanilla-flavored, flour-free genoise sponges with nutty, cream cheese fillings. There were also a few other beautifully arranged adornments on the desserts to make them look mouthwateringly inviting.

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Yet that’s not all. Because you couldn’t expect the stars of the big and small screens to enjoy all this wonderful food without something to drink, could you? Of course not. Fortunately for all involved, then, Moët & Chandon supplied the event with champagne. Enough, presumably, to keep the roughly 1,300 attendees happy.

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But, it wasn’t just bubbly the guests had to look forward to at the free bar. There was, in fact, another very special beverage available. And that was the “Moët Belle,” the signature cocktail created for the event. Actor Camilla Belle worked with Moët & Chandon to create the tipple, which features champagne and cachaça as well as ginger syrup and mango juice.

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So it’s fair to say that the attendees were well looked after. And this is before you even consider the fact that chocolate-makers Lindt actually sponsored the 2019 ceremony. This meant that each table was seemingly set with boxes of Lindt treats for guests to enjoy throughout the show.

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On the surface, then, it seems that there should have been very few empty stomachs around the ballroom that night. But there are a couple of other factors in play here. For one thing, it’s worth remembering that, as the Los Angeles Times pointed out at the 2017 Oscars, the guests had likely been on strict diets in order to look good in their glamorous outfits during the show.

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The other thing to consider is a very human one: nerves. Celebrities are humans too, after all, and anyone can get nervous when faced with the prospect of going on stage. Couple this with the facts that they’d also be wearing costly clothes and appearing on national television, and it perhaps becomes understandable why they might give the pre-show food a miss.

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And even if people did partake in all the food offered at the Golden Globes dinner, there is still a lot of time between eating and going home. The awards-giving section of the day is three hours long, remember, and that doesn’t include any pre or post-show commitments, such as walking the red carpet or giving press conferences.

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Yet it’s not just the Golden Globes that is afflicted with this hunger-related problem. In fact, the lack of food when it’s most needed has been something of a recurring theme at other recent awards shows. At the 2014 Oscars, for instance, host Ellen DeGeneres scored major points with her method of filling empty stomachs.

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At one point during the ceremony, you see, Ellen said, “I have this crazy idea that I will order pizza. And so if I do, I don’t want it to go to waste.” A host of gathered celebrities then quickly promised to take a slice if she did. And sure enough, the pizza arrived later in the evening.

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The seemingly hungry celebs weren’t shy about getting involved, either. Movie stars such as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts gladly helped themselves to slices, in fact, and John Travolta was among those who chipped in for a tip for the pizza guy. The man who delivered the pizzas – Edgar – actually made $1,000 when all was said and done.

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Then, in 2016, Chris Rock expanded on the idea of exploiting celebrities’ hungry bellies. This time, though, he didn’t serve up pizza. Instead, he found inspiration in his daughters’ pastime. At the ceremony, Rock told the audience, “I want you to reach into your millionaire pockets and buy some of my daughters’ Girl Scout cookies.”

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Rock’s daughters and their Girl Scout friends then swarmed into the Oscars crowd armed with handfuls of cookies. The comedian also proceeded to hustle his captive audience into buying as many as they could. “Leo!” the host shouted at one point, meaning Leonardo DiCaprio. “You made $30 million. Come on!”

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It’s fair to say, too, that the gathered crowd reached deep into their pockets to get hold of those fabled cookies. Rock even shared footage of then-Vice President Joe Biden handing him $20 for a box. And the total amount raised for the Girl Scouts at the end of the night was a massive $65,243.

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Later that same year, Jimmy Kimmel also gave us his own spin on the food-at-an-awards-show gag. He was hosting the Emmys at the time, and he took the opportunity to make sure that his guests were well fed. “I know these shows are long, and I know a lot of you haven’t eaten since Labor Day. I have a little surprise for everyone,” he said during one sequence.

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Kimmel continued, “My mother made 7,000 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Is anyone hungry?” And after the crowd cheered its approval, members of the Stranger Things cast began handing out the apparently homemade snacks. Then, just in case anybody was thirsty afterwards, the host later handed out juice boxes.

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The late-night host was at it again just a few months later, when he took charge of the 2017 Oscars. This time, though, he couldn’t fall back on PB&J sandwiches – because you can’t bring food into the Oscars’ venue. So, Kimmel seemingly had to get creative. He therefore asked the audience members to shut their eyes and wish for candy.

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And lo and behold, tiny packages of delicious candies dropped from the ceiling and into the laps of the delighted stars. This stunt continued throughout the show as well, ensuring that those not taking home an award at least got to commiserate in style. “Time to find out how well those Spanx really work,” Kimmel quipped.

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Kimmel kept the gag going in 2018, as well, when he surprised Oscar attendees with boxes of edible goodies. Each package actually contained some chips, sweets and an energy bar – and came complete with a donation to charity. “Please don’t throw [the snacks] at me,” he wrote on notes inside the boxes.

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At the 2019 Golden Globes, however, it seems that one of the audience members wasn’t about to leave her potential hunger in the hands of the host. Melissa McCarthy, therefore, came well and truly prepared with her own mid-show treats. The star received a nomination for her performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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It seems that Variety initially broke the story of McCarthy’s exploits. As its senior editor for lifestyle and events, Marc Malkin, later wrote on Twitter, “I’m walking through the Globes, and Melissa McCarthy asked me if I wanted a sandwich.” He also related the proffered snack was “really good.” Yet he wasn’t the only one to be treated in this way.

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In fact, it seems that anybody who crossed McCarthy’s path that night was given the chance to scoff a sandwich. “I’ve been handing them out to everyone,” the star confirmed to Variety. And they were such a success that she’s apparently been inspired for the 2020 ceremony. “Next year, I’m bringing hot dogs,” she said.

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The important question is, though, what kind of sandwiches were they? Well, according to Variety, they were of the ham-and-cheese kind from Joan’s On Third. This is apparently a “specialty food marketplace” based in L.A. And those who managed to get hold of the snacks were seemingly very impressed.

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Jessica Chastain, for one, pondered, “How did [McCarthy] get them in here?” She then praised the Bridesmaids star for having such a brainwave. “It’s a good idea because by the time you get into the ballroom dinner has already been served, and you’re always so hungry,” she told Variety.

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Olivia Colman even gave McCarthy’s good deed a special mention during her acceptance speech for her Best Actress award. “Thank you for the sandwiches,” she said. “Amazing.” And McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, also later confirmed that there were plenty of other people who were thrilled to receive a loaded sub.

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“These are the sandwiches that Mooch smuggled into the Golden Globes,” Falcone wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of the snacks. “We brought 40 [and] left with two. We left with some happy customers.” Yet from at least two of the pictures that emerged after the event, not everybody got to partake of the foodie goods.

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In one such photo, Julia Roberts scoffs a tasty-looking treat from, apparently, In-N-Out Burger. “Fun night with my fella,” Roberts wrote on Instagram next to the pic. “Congratulations to all! And to all a good (burger) night.” She appears pretty happy too, considering that she’d not long lost out on an award for her show, Homecoming.

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Though an actor by no means have to be a runner-up to enjoy a post-Golden Globes snack. Here, for example, Lady Gaga is snuggled up in bed – Marilyn Monroe-style – with a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and her award for best original song. Her fiancé, Christian Carino, wrote beside the Instagram pic, “What a rager.”

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Yet even if these particular celebrities missed out on McCarthy’s munchies, it seems as though the star did well to get as many sandwiches as she did into the event. After all, a later Variety article compared the Globes’ security ordeal as being akin to “JFK Airport after 9/11.”

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So if there’s one thing that we’ve learned from this journey, it’s that celebrities are just like the rest of us. And in order for them make it through the long haul of an awards show, they need their sustenance – even if that means smuggling it in from an upmarket eatery.

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