Sunday, June 16, 2024

Nicole Kidman Wows at Annual Armani Oscar Party, Sophia Loren Chooses Designer Event Over Chanel, Saint Laurent


So many parties, so few stars, and almost no nominees.

But the party at the newly renovated Giorgio Armani store on Rodeo Drive literally stopped traffic last night.

The event was billed as a top liner for Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman, who was radiant. And Kidman was especially pleased to see her “Rabbit Hole” star from a few years ago, Miles Teller, who’s about to play “Godfather” producer Al Ruddy in the Paramount Plus mini series, “The Offer.” Teller his beautiful wife, Keleigh.

There were a lot of other familiar faces in the party. But when Roberta Armani, the designer’s daughter, went to the front entrance she returned with actual royalty: Sophia Loren, with her son director Eduardo Ponti. By then Nicole had proceeded through the room, so that she and Loren were holding down opposite corners.  The room had what they call “buzz.” Like crazy.

Media mogul Byron Allen was there with his elegant mother, decked out in Armani head to toe. Actor Colman Domingo from “The Walking Dead’ and about 15 other projects was on hand, as was “Dopesick” creator Danny Strong. Young Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James and star of “The Many Saints of Newark” told me about all the projects he was involved with. LA socialites like Kathy Hilton, Nikki Haskell, and Marjorie Gubelman were in attendance.

And then were was “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve, who told me “Dune Part 2″ is already in production. I asked about Zendaya, who appeared just toward the end of ‘”Part 1.” Denis assured me, “There will be plenty of Zendaya in Part 2.” He also said he was knocked out watching the young actress in “Euphoria.”

Sebastian Stan — our Bucky from the Marvel universe– waited to talk to Nicole. I told her, “Don’t get too close, he’ll take a bite out of you.” I was referring to his Hulu movie, “Fresh.” But Sebastian exhibited no dining interest in Kidman.

Sophia Loren– as of yesterday afternoon, she said she was not attending the Oscars. She received compliments for her 2019 movie, “The Life Ahead,” and allowed a few people to have pictures taken with her. She is 87 and more beautiful than ever. The fact that she chose Armani over parties given by Chanel and other designers speaks volumes, I think. Loren is the ultimo classico!

PS Just so you know Armani is not just for the seniors, coming in as we were leaving was “Borat” star Maria Bakalova, who’s taken to the red carpet very nicely. Designer Zac Posen was there, too, with lots of young stars.

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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