Oscar party night: and the winner is Vanity Fair over The Wrap.com. 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.