Oscar Party Weekend Guide
The big news in this year's Oscar party lineup? Two big-league annual bashes have been canceled: Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg's Saturday luncheon honoring Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter fell victim to the couple's home renovation, and Dani Janssen's 15-year-old Oscar-night party featuring her famous monkey bread is off. "Quincy Jones called and said I had to do it," says Janssen. "But it's too late now." Oh well, there's no shortage of fiestas leading up to the big night Feb. 26.
CAA: Bryan Lourd's house, Beverly Hills
It's hard to beat the CAA client roster -- George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt -- when it comes to making a guest list for this Feb. 24 party. "If I could get a camera inside, I could buy an island,"
says celebrity photographer Jeff Kravitz.
WME: Ari Emanuel's house, Brentwood
Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Octavia Spencer and Martin Scorsese are among the agency's 21 nominees expected. The Feb. 24 soiree is set in a tent behind Emanuel's East Coast traditional-style home, where Michael Smith will DJ. "For a triple-A-list party," says Contraband producer Steve Levinson, "it's remarkably unpretentious."
UTA: Jim Berkus' house, Beverly Hills
Berkus and Tracey Jacobs host Feb. 24. The agency's not heavy with nominees this year, but clients like Johnny Depp, the Coen brothers, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Wiig can jump-start any party list. Bonus: It's so close to the CAA soiree, they could share an ice machine.
Vanity Fair: Sunset Tower Hotel,West Hollywood
New York's long-running Oscar party combines celebs, East Coast media and West Coast industry execs Feb. 26. Where else would Anderson Cooper meet Justin Bieber? "It's really that eclectic mix of guests that makes this an extraordinary party," says HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo.
Indie Spirit Awards: Beachfront tent, Santa Monica
This daytime event draws its hipness from the indie film world, but industry big shots pay for the tables -- not unlike a teen party with a keg bought by parents. "It's a place where the dude is always welcome," says Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard of the Feb. 25 ceremony.
The Night Before: Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
In terms of nominees attending, this Feb. 25 Oscar-eve extravaganza tops the list. It was Jeffrey Katzenberg's idea to put awards hoopla to work for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. In 10 years, the event has raised more than $50 million. "This is our single biggest fund-raising event each year," says MPTF Foundation CEO Ken Scherer.
Madonna and Guy Oseary: Oseary's house, Coldwater Canyon
Madonna and Oseary host Feb. 26. The question is whether Demi Moore, who has co-thrown this post-Oscar party in the past, will attend. In the league of late-night, edgy-by-Beverly-Hills-standards Oscar bashes, this is the big one. Competing: Brent Bolthouse, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley's party in the Hollywood Hills.
The Weinstein Co.: Soho House, West Hollywood
The Weinstein Co.'s nominees alone -- Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh -- give Harvey a strong list. This one has serious cachet: A pair of tickets for the Feb. 25 bash recently sold online at Charity Buzz for $30,000. Proceeds went to Hamilton College.
Governors Ball: Upstairs from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland
This year, the Academy's official afterparty for 1,500 on Feb. 26 won't have formal table seating. Why sitwhen prime schmoozing can be done? "We want people to mingle in a party-type atmosphere," says Academy president Tom Sherak. The ball always has had a band, but this time, look for some surprise entertainment.
Elton John's AIDS Foundation: City of West Hollywood Park
This is the 20th annual time around for Sir Elton's fund-raiser, which brought in $4 million last year. Food Network's Cat Cora will oversee the five-course meal; Grammy nominee Foster the People performs. This year, the 850-guest Feb. 26 event is moving from Pacific Design Center to a tent in nearby West Hollywood Park.
THR's Nominees Night: Getty House, Hancock Park
On Feb. 23, editorial director Janice Min and publisher Lynne Segall host THR's third go-round in the pre-Oscar mix at L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's residence. Among the expected attendees: Jessica Chastain, Martin Scorsese, Owen Wilson and Alexander Payne.
MEANWHILE … ELSEWHERE AROUND TOWN
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Global Green at Avalon: The New Division, Sheila E. and DJs play tunes for 1,500 partyers such as Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson, Maggie Grace and Allison Janney.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Essence's Black Women in Holly-wood lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel: Kerry Washington, Paula Patton, Octavia Spencer, Pam Grier and Shonda Rhimes are honorees. … Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film awards at Bad Robot: a toast to Michelle Williams, Melissa McCarthy and Hugo screenwriter John Logan. … QVC cocktail party at the Four Seasons: Nicole Richie, the Kardashians and Rachel Pally are expected. … Hollywood Domino at the Sunset Tower: The boardgame maker's party should draw Paul Haggis and LeAnn Rimes.
Friday, Feb. 24
Women in Film at Cecconi's: a cocktail reception for the female nominees. … Charles Finch & Chanel at Madeo: a pre-Oscar dinner. … British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay hosts a reception for the British nominees at her Hancock Park residence. … Vanity Fair and Richard Mille at Hotel Bel-Air: a toast to Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Sony Pictures Classics at Andaz for its nominees. … AMPAS in the Academy lobby: a symposium for the foreign-language film director nominees. … DreamWorks Animation at Campanile: a brunch honoring the animation and visual effects nominees. … The Society of Composers & Lyricists at a Beverly Hills house: its annual afternoon reception for the music nominees.
Sunday, Feb. 26
InStyle at BOA: a viewing party for 250 guests. … Night of 100 Stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The 20-year-old dinner celebrates Old Hollywood. … Maxim in a residence above Sunset Boulevard: Ludacris is performing at the late-night party.