Oscars: Website Selling Invites to Most Exclusive Parties
"If we're being targeted by this website looking to profit off of private events, we encourage the other studios, Vanity Fair and event organizers heighten their own security as well — particularly given the frightening times we live in," a Weinstein Company spokesperson said.
Apparently, Hollywood's hottest Oscar parties aren't all that exclusive.
A website dubbed VIP Concierge is selling entry into the weekend's most elite affairs for a few thousand dollars a pop.
A deep-pocketed nobody can gain access to Friday night’s WME party and mingle with Ari Emanuel and the agency’s A-list clients (the site says it has two tickets available at $5,490 a piece that must be purchased as a pair). And for $6,450, one can pass the velvet ropes into Elton John’s annual viewing dinner and afterparty on Sunday, according to the site, which claims to have three tickets.
“We don’t have a lot of tickets, but we have enough for you and your posse,” the site says of the Elton John bash. “You’ll see plenty of folks from all over the world. The best reason to attend the get-together is that all proceeds benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. You can have a great time and feel righteous doing it.”
It is unlikely the $6,450 will benefit anyone other than VIP Concierge, which according to the About Us section of the site boasts a network of “global relationships to keep abreast of events going on worldwide. These relationships keep VIP Concierge’s clientele privy to gain access to attend such exclusive events as Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies, Inaugural Balls, and Private Parties!”
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, tickets were available for two additional chi-chi events: The Weinstein Company’s Saturday-night dinner at the Montage and Sunday night’s Vanity Fair post-Oscar party. It is unclear if the Vanity Fair party is sold out. As for the Weinstein Company, they took a proactive stance and had the tickets removed. The company also contacted the California Attorney General, the Los Angeles Country District Attorney and the LAPD.
"If we're being targeted by this website looking to profit off of private events, we encourage the other studios, Vanity Fair and event organizers heighten their own security as well --- particularly given the frightening times we live in," a spokesperson said.
Tickets for the UTA and ICM parties also are available for $5,490 and $3,990, respectively. The site boasts a night of partying alongside Bryan Cranston, Mark Ruffalo, Alicia Vikander and Ethan and Joel Coen for UTA’s shindig, which is being held at a private residence. The ICM ticket promised an event attended by Oscar host Chris Rock.
“The truth is these guest lists are all tight and are based on personal relationships, and it’s hard enough to get an invite even if you know someone, let alone if you don’t,” said one agency source. “I feel sorry for anyone duped into buying a ticket to our party.”
Update: Shortly after this article was published, the page containing the Oscar party offers was replaced by an error page.