One horseshoe banquette quickly became the epicenter for A-list power women, as Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera crowded the sofa. The ladies leaned in and seemed to conspire like it was an ad hoc war room.
A glut of well-wishers and aggressive onlookers turned the area into a fire hazard, while Jessica Chastain perched on the back of an adjoining sofa to join the circle that included the #MeToo activist Tarana Burke. When Freddie Highmore, a young actor from “The Good Doctor,” tried to squeeze into a group photo, Ms. Portman smiled gently and said: “Sorry, but it’s all about the women tonight.”
Joe Jonas, who wore a Time’s Up pin to support the Hollywood initiative to battle sexual harassment, concurred. Standing nearby with his brother Nick, he looked over and noted, “It’s definitely ladies night, and I’m proud of all of them.”
A few sofas away, Mariah Carey held court. Surrounded by adoring young men, she signed autographs on a mirrored cocktail table and posed for a few selfies.
The partying continued at the Circa 55 restaurant, where HBO hosted a huge gathering with a lavish buffet. Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, who star in “Big Little Lies,” celebrated their wins. The empty-handed “Game of Thrones” crew popped by but didn’t linger. Lena Dunham, Viola Davis and Issa Rae hung out with their crowd. But by 11 p.m., most of the celebrities had moved on.
After the HBO party, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd were spotted retrieving their gift bags. They had spent much of the night receiving adulation and praise for breaking their silence about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.
As they threaded their way through the throngs, the actresses, who were dressed in black, were laughing together, hand in hand.