Jeff Jensen and Tricia Johnson
February 04, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sure, they had to endure Shirley MacLaine‘s babbling paean to Barbra Streisand, but don’t feel too sorry for the celebs attending the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called best party of the year. “You can drink during the show,” says Brit actor and nominee Rupert Everett. “That’s a definite plus.”

As usual, the alcohol-enhanced stars at the charmingly amateurish Globes — which aired on NBC Jan. 23 to an audience of 22 million viewers — provided plenty of nuttiness. Winner Angelina Jolie dragged her brother on stage, presenter Hugh Grant crankily defended comedies, and Courtney Love popped out of her dress (okay, that’s not so charming).

And as usual, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s three-hour show also uncorked a flood of Oscar speculation. To wit: Multiple winner American Beauty got a healthy boost in buzz, with the notable exception of Kevin Spacey, who lost the best dramatic actor trophy to The Hurricane‘s Denzel Washington. Also losing Oscar steam were The End of the Affair and The Talented Mr. Ripley, both of which went home empty-handed. As for Toy Story 2‘s surprise win for best comedy or musical film, don’t count on a nomination for real gold; the Academy has just one Best Picture category. Says publicist/Oscar strategist Tony Angellotti: “It’s difficult to propel an animated feature into the top five.”

Enough about the Oscars: We’ve got our own awards.

— The We [Love] the Little People Award to winners Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City), Michael J. Fox (Spin City), and Edie Falco (The Sopranos), who thanked, respectively, their caterers, housekeeper, and chauffeur. “The cast is a hell of a bunch of people,” gushes Falco’s New Jersey-based Teamster driver, James Collins, who swears he broke no kneecaps to get the plug.

— The Roberto Benigni Prize for Charming English Mangling to Pedro Almodovar.”‘This is one of the moments when you are not responsible of your actors, and then you behave like crazy,” said the director of winning Spanish film All About My Mother.

— Gold-Plated Name Tags for acting nominees Tom Sizemore (HBO’s Witness Protection) and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich), neither of whom made it on screen when their names were announced (the camera mistakenly flashed nearby diners). “I’m very disappointed,” says Sizemore. “Especially for my mother, who wanted to see me on TV.”

— The We’re Too Cool to Dress Up Award (presented by Janeane Garofalo) to Lara Flynn Boyle and Gwyneth Paltrow, both sporting Casual Friday slacks and disco tops.

— The Fidel Castro Pontification Trophy to Streisand, who began her speech with “It’s difficult knowing just what to say,” then attempted to figure it out for eight minutes, rambling on about hubcaps, William Wyler, and an audience member’s chirping cell phone.

— Best Impersonation of a Couple, Part I: On-again, off-again lovebirds Ben Affleck and Paltrow put on a touchy-feely show until Paltrow snuck out of Paramount/Miramax’s after-party. “Where’s Gwyneth?” Affleck asked a publicist. The reply: “She left.” The seemingly unfazed Affleck returned to partying.

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