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Patricia Arquette Would Rather Wear Overalls to the Oscars

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Patricia Arquette, left, and Pascal Raffy

While attending the annual Hollywood Domino event to help raise money for Haiti, the best supporting actress Oscar nominee told us she'll be letting "someone way more stylish" pick her outfit on Sunday.

One wouldn't think in this digital age the old parlor game of dominos would be a thing, but in this town, you never know what people are going to get into. Hollywood Domino twisted the game by adding movie themes, and since 2008 creator Daya Fernandez has thrown the Hollywood Domino Gala & Tournament, supporting numerous charities along the way and raising more than 5 million dollars in the process.

Now in its eighth year, the gala took place at that Old Glamour standby the Sunset Tower Hotel and was hosted by such bold names as Patricia Arquette, Adrien Brody, Omar Epps and AnnaLynne McCord.

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The gala benefited Artists for Peace and Justice, a nonprofit organization that addresses issues of poverty and education in Haiti started by Paul Haggis. The goal was to raise $500,000 — enough money to send 1,000 Haitian women to high school for a year.

"The most unfortunate thing in life is to think that we know everything in life. Education helps to keep us open-minded and gives us the necessary tools in life. What APJ does is incredible — giving an education to children in Haiti to help rebuild their country," said Pascal Raffy, owner of Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Bovet 1822, which for the fourth year in a row sponsored the event. Raffy was wearing his newest Grand Complication wristwatch, the Bovet Braveheart.

Brody, a longtime host, said the event was deeply personal to him, "The reasons are obvious. We need to do more to raise awareness for the welfare and education of people in need. We have a responsibility to help them. I'm friends with Paul Haggis, and I'm here to support him. He's spent an enormous amount of energy on APJ."

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Best supporting actress nominee Arquette, who arguably has one of the busiest weeks of her life, spent hours onstage regaling the crowd for donations. In a quiet moment, she told us, "Being here tonight relieves a lot of anxiety about the week. It's incredibly important for me to be here tonight."

She added, "I've spent a lot of time working with APJ, and what they do is so incredible. They build schools, they give kids an incredible education. The school in Haiti is so wonderful you'd want your own kids to go there."

When asked what she was going to wear on Sunday night, Arquette replied with a laugh, "I'm leaving that up to someone way more stylish than me. If it was my choice, I'd be wearing overalls."

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