Thursday, May 23, 2024

Leo, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz Hit the Big Pre-Oscar Bash


It’s Oscar eve which means parties all night in Hollywood.

While some stars hit The Night Before with $25,000 tickets underwritten by the studios or their talent agencies, most everyone rode the elevators to the Penthouse floor of Luckman Plaza for The Weinstein Company gala at Soho House. The party was underwritten by Mont Blanc and raised money for UNICEF, so there was even a good cause.

But there was also a mile long list of celebs from Leonardo DiCaprio in his trademark baseball cap to Cameron Diaz–one of the actors I really look forward to seeing. She is a doll.

They weren’t alone in the packed rooftop aerie. Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Jacqueline Bisset and Seymour Cassell–the mix at this party of parties was amazing. Quentin Tarantino spent a long time chatting with comic Chris Tucker, and also with “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe. It was nice to see Woody Harrelson just taking in the festivities with his wife, while Eli Roth and BJ Novak kept the “Inglourious Basterds” crew laughing.

In fact, Christoph Waltz–who’s won every conceivable award so far for his role in “Basterds”–told me: “If they open the envelope and announce another name, you will hear one person laughing very loudly. That will be me. It will be the perfect ending to everything that’s happened.” That’s what they call European ironic’humor.

Then there was nominee Carey Mulligan from “An Education,” not to mention Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Adrien Brody, Gina Gershon, Mira Sorvino, Marisa Tomei and Logan Marshall Green, nominee Colin Firth from “A Single Man” and his director, Tom Ford, as well as “Nine” composer Maury Yeston, Arianna Huffington, “Factory Girl” director George Hickenlooper, famed director Wes Craven, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Rhona Mitra, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Russell Simmons, Brett Ratner, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Brian Geraghty from “The Hurt Locker.”

Wait! More! Ben McKenzie, of “Southland” and “The O.C.” Kate Walsh. Matthew Rhys and Dave Annable from “Brothers & Sisters.” Kristin Davis. Topher Grace. Zachary Quinto.

Tonight’s Oscar parties are going to have to go a long way to top this group. Harvey Weinstein still has ‘it’ some 14 years after “The English Patient” won Best Picture. Not bad.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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