For TV viewers, commercials are a chance to hit the fridge or pay even closer attention to their smartphones.

In the Golden Globes ballroom, it's a schmooze opportunity.

Among those taking impromptu meetings was George Clooney, who with his new wife, Amal, at his side and a "Je Suis Charlie" button prominently on his lapel, chatted up former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Industry Association.

Other confabs: Jane Fonda and Robert Duvall, and the sibling duo, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhall.

And let's not overlook the three-way bromance: Jake Gyllenhall hugging Mark Ruffalo hugging Matthew McConaughey.

— Lynn Elber — Twitter: www.twitter.com/lynnelber

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