Rambling Reporter: Oscar Week

Wrapping a week's worth of parties and one big night of celebration.

WME's diverse client list made for some interesting sightings at Ari Emanuel's party Feb. 24 at his house in Brentwood: Larry David chatting with Kim Kardashian, Jonah Hill and Kevin Costner (talking baseball movies?) and Octavia Spencer introducing herself to pretty much everyone. Still, in a sea of stars such as Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Twilight-ers Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, perhaps the most buzzed-about attendee was Denver Broncos quarterback and recent WME signing Tim Tebow, who chatted up Taylor Swift,  among others.

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UTA's intimate Feb. 24 night soiree at chairman Jim Berkus' Spanish-style Beverly Hills house saw a steady stream of clients and industry friends celebrating Oscar weekend, including Owen Wilson, Channing Tatum and Harrison Ford and wife Calista Flockhart. Oscar producer Brian Grazer smiled as he deflected questions about Sacha Baron Cohen; Brad Grey and Philippe Dauman chatted with Lorne Michaels; and Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom and Kathy Freston, Wendi Murdoch and Chinese uber-star Li Bingbing and Rich Ross mingled with Netflix's Ted Sarandos, Judd Apatow, Brad Bird, Graham King, Donna Langley, Adam Goodman and newly announced Robocop lead Joel Kinnaman.

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As usual, celebrities during the Oscar show were congregating in the theater's George Eastman Room off the first-floor lobby at Hollywood & Highland, including Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone and Jason Segel. Some say there's no better place to be during the Oscar telecast, as you can have a nip at the small bar. Another option this year: For the first time, champagne (Moet) was poured in the Architectural Digest Green Room.

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At the Governors Ball, Midnight in Paris producer (and Woody Allen's sister) Letty Aronson was asked where Allen might be at the time. "He might not have seen his Oscar win [for original screenplay]," she replied. "He was more interested in watching the NBA All-Star Game."

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Why didn't George Clooney attend a single post-Oscar party? Not because he didn't win best actor. "George is giving his own Oscar party this year," confided girlfriend Stacy Keibler on the red carpet. "Just quiet, with only our close friends." Turns out, Clooney has a lot of close friends -- enough to fill Craig's on Melrose. The restaurant had drop-ins including John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Clooney's Cabo pals Randy Gerber and Cindy Crawford, Moonves and Chen, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (who attempted to sneak in beyond the reach of paparazzi and TV cameras) and Salma Hayek, in a very striking red chiffon dress. The party was co-hosted by Bryan Lourd and was supposed to be camera-free -- so when camera crews showed up and stuck flashes in the faces of Krasinski and Blunt as they got to their car, Craig's employees took to the streets and screamed at the photogs, "Get off the property!"

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Elton John was spotted dancing with a number of guests at his annual West Hollywood fete, including The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, who had everyone's blood racing because they decided to quit hiding that they're a couple and had their hands all over each other -- even in front of cameras. The fact is, they've been a couple for well overa year, say friends who were with them.

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The Vanity Fair party at the Sunset Tower Hotel, Brett Ratner -- who became embroiled in controversy and was forced to resign as Oscar producer -- was taking the high road when it came to the job Brian Grazer and Don Mischer did. "It's a daunting task, and they pulled it off," said Ratner. Chris Albrecht took a bottom-line approach to the Oscar hoopla at Vanity Fair's fiesta. "The entire entertainment industry and parties like this are built on pay TV license fees," said the Starz CEO.  There were only two individuals inside the VF party who had security: Prince Albert of Monaco, with one security guard, and Sir Elton, with two. Hmmm -- a prince with one and a self-pronounced queen with two? What does that tell us about Hollywood?

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The Michael Fassbender party-hearty award goes to … Nick Nolte and Michael Douglas. Since the Globes' biggest partier didn't make it to the Oscars, the veteran actors took up the cause for him. Nolte
seemed to already be several sheets to the wind by the time he walked the Oscar red carpet, and Douglas, though far more subdued, practically closed down the Vanity Fair party at the bar -- though, unlike Fassbender at parties recently, neither ever hit the dance floor.

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Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain spent at least two hours at the Fox Searchlight afterparty held at MyHouse on Hollywood at La Brea, during which the supporting actress nominee for The Help was engrossed in a long conversation with 14-year-old Tye Sheridan, who played one of her sons in The Tree of Life. Chastain also was seen hugging The Descendants star Shailene Woodley on her way out around 12:30 a.m. "I'm pulling an all-nighter," she told THR. "In the morning, I'm taking a very long flight to work on Kathryn Bigelow's new movie about capturing Bin Laden. But I can't tell you where we're shooting -- it's a secret. Or they'll have to kill me!" Just before that, The Descendants best adapted screenplay winners Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Alexander Payne appeared at the party to big applause and cheers -- including those from the petite author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings -- while victoriously holding their golden statuettes above their heads.

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Wolfgang Puck, caterer and chef of the Governors Ball, walked the red carpet at the Oscars with trays of the food he would serve that night, including traditional chocolate Oscars -- and nontraditional smoked salmon in the shape of Oscars. But it was his geometric Op Art black-and-white chef's jacket that was the most eye-catching. "My friend, the British designer Ozwald Boateng, made it for me," Puck told THR. "He also made my suit for my wedding."

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