Instead, what has become known as Hollywood's biggest party of the year was interspersed with some seriously pointed political barbs and some outspoken fears for the future aimed at President Elect Donald Trump.
Meryl Streep in particular aimed a political broadside at Trump which drew a standing ovation from the audience.
And now the backlash has begun.
Streep's impassioned speech has become a lightning rod for conservatives who claim it is yet another example of how far Hollywood is out of touch with the average American experience. Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted: "What a bunch of hypocrites. Sex, violence and drivel rule Hollywood."
But the Globes,which are often seen as a bellwether for the Oscars, could be a precursor to an even more political Academy Awards on February 26, given that many of the audience at the the Globes, and some of the nominees and winners, are likely to be at the Oscars, too.
Although Meryl Streep's passionate speech made instant headlines around the world and elicited a tweeted response from the President-Elect, the tone was set earlier in the evening by the host Jimmy Fallon, who described the Globes as one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote. He also managed to combine some nominated films with politics, saying Manchester-By-The Sea was the only thing more depressing than 2016 and Florence Foster Jenkins was about the world's worst opera singer but even she turned down an invitation to sing at the inauguration. The fact the Globes are put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not escape the notice of several presenters, nominees and winners. Hugh Laurie, accepting an award for his supporting role in the Night Manager, joked it could be the last ever Golden Globes. "I don't mean to be gloomy," he said, "it's just that it has the words Hollywood and Foreign and Press in the title and to some Republicans even the word association is slightly sketchy."
As Meryl Streep put it, Hollywood is "crawling with outsiders and if you kick us all out you'll have nothing to watch except football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts."
For once there was no need for any pleas for diversity as many of the presenters and nominees were black or Hispanic, due partly to the fact the Globe recognises excellence in television as well as movies.
But Claire Foy, the British actress who won for portraying Queen Elizabeth 11 in The Crown, spoke up for the need for more women in powerful positions, saying Queen Elizabeth has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years "and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it if you ask me."Inevitably, much of the talk at the six after-parties scattered across the Beverly Hilton was of the evening's political slant and particularly Meryl Streep's speech, and one of the questions heard frequently was: "What will happen at the Oscars when Trump is president?"