Thursday, April 25, 2024

Oscar Party Nights: Vanity Fair Beats The Wrap With Most Celebs


Oscar party night: and the winner is Vanity Fair over The By a mile. The popular glossy bible of pop culture had not one but two events last night, and brought in the A list crowd by miles. Most of the Les Miserables cast– director Tom Hooper, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, and Amanda Seyfried included– were celebrated at Eveleigh Restaurant to support The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education. Chrysler sponsored the night, and VF publisher Ed Menischechi hosted the cool party.

And it was jammed. We had a long talk with Hathaway and her nw husband Adam Shulman– more on that tonight…Eddie Redmayne had us laughing about his unfortunate attack of food poisoning at the recent BAFTA Awards in London. Just as he was about to go on stage with Sally Field to present an award, Eddie became violently ill. “I thought no one would know, but of course Sally announced it from the stage. I had three hundred text messages the next morning.”

Over at the Chateau Marmont, VF hosted a dinner for “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell and the cast. I ran into producer Jon Gordon and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver later in the evening, still hanging at the Chateau’s heated tented outdoor garden. Jacki’s actor husband is stuck in Australia performing Shakespeare and is missing the Oscars this year.

Also hanging at the Chateau: our favorite neighbor from New York, Patty Clarkson, who’s in town for meetings and production details on a new movie. She’s going to the big Vanity Fair dinner and party on Sunday. Now we know everything will be all right if Patty’s in town. The Chateau is hopping of course. It’s the number 1 hangout other than Soho House. Wild!

And The Wrap? They put on a big party at the Four Seasons, and yielded exactly one acting nominee: Jessica Chastain. David O. Russell and Kathryn Bigelow stopped by. But really. Ir was a pedestrian event at best.

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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