Oscar Party Diary: Agencies Celebrate With Stars, Execs Friday

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
 Valerie Macon

Three of Hollywood’s top agencies hosted star- and executive-packed parties Friday night.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen seemed to draw the most interest at the WME soiree at Ari Emanuel’s house, but the event lured plenty of Oscar nominees as well.

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Argo’s Ben Affleck stopped by with wife Jennifer Garner after the Warner Bros. dinner. Les Miserables’ Hugh Jackman brought wife Deborra-Lee Furness and a small entourage of family members. The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix (bearded) made a rare public appearance, as did another acting nominee from the movie, Amy Adams. Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin chatted with WME’s Graham Taylor, who sold the film to Fox Searchlight at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival. Last year’s supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer was there, too. Others spotted: a scruffy Taylor Lautner and scruffier Liam Hemsworth (no sign of girlfriend Miley Cyrus), Conan O’Brien, On the Road star Garrett Hedlund, Jack Black, Django Unchained's Jonah Hill, Joel McHale, Emma Watson, Al Michaels, reclusive U.K. rocker Morrissey, filmmakers Shawn Levy, Justin Lin, Josh Trank and Michael BayX-Men writer Simon Kinberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dustin Hoffman, Charlize Theron, Gael Garcia Bernal, Armie Hammer, David Spade and Patrick Stewart. Michael Moore wore his signature baseball cap, and Larry David cruised around in tennis shoes.

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Most of Hollywood’s top executives also attended. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter his kids got a kick out of seeing photos of him with Snoop Dogg from the magazine’s Nominees Night Oscar party. CBS’ Leslie Moonves and wife Julie Chen stopped by early. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman made the rounds with Paramount’s Brad Grey and Adam Goodman. Warner Bros.’ Jeff Robinov chatted with Christopher Nolan’s agent Dan Aloni. Sony’s Michael Lynton said hello to talent lawyer Linda Lichter. Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger were there, as was Harvey Weinstein, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Showtime’s David Nevins and DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Over at UTA’s party at Jim Berkus’ house in Beverly Hills, nominated Flight writer John Gatins made the rounds, as did Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, up for best foreign film. Tons of non-nominees also showed up, including Paul Rudd, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe (who’s rumored to be in the Oscars’ “Be Our Guest” opening number), Die Hard star Jai Courtney, filmmaker Brad Bird, Rashida Jones, Modern Family showrunner Steve Levitan, writer Stephen Gaghan, actress Noomi Rapace and actress/filmmaker Lake Bell.

On the exec side, Sony’s Amy Pascal was there, as were producers Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Lorne Michaels, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, producer/financier David Ellison, Katzenberg, Tom Freston, Moonves, Grey, HBO’s Sue Naegle and Steve Tisch.   

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CAA moved its annual party from Bryan Lourd’s house to the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills because Lourd’s home apparently is being renovated. Guests seemed to enjoy the change-up. All the top execs made their way over, as well as a ton of stars.

Les Miserables supporting actress front-runner Anne Hathaway was there, as was Argo producer George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. (who’s presenting with his Avengers co-stars at the show), Sandra Bullock, nominated Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio, writer Eric Roth, Silver Linings Playbook best actor and actress nominees Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Star Trek and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams.

Elsewhere, Women in Film threw a party at Fig & Olive restaurant.

WIF president Cathy Schulman hosted with Octavia Spencer, who wore a navy Tadashi Shoji dress. Sponsors were M.A.C, Perrier Jouet and MaxMara. Among the heavy-duty power-female crowd were supporting actress nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Django Unchained producer Stacey Sher, Kate Walsh, Viola Davis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jenna Elfman and multitudes of female agents and producers. Also in attendance were Daniel Radcliffe, David O. Russell and Jared Harris. Because of an accident on Sunset Boulevard, Jessica Chastain and her new boyfriend, Luca Passi de Preposulo, were late and arrived 10 minutes before the end, but they hung out an hour longer with Russell.

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