From inside the Dolby Theatre to the star-packed Vanity Fair Oscar party, follow along as The Hollywood Reporter goes inside the velvet rope for all the action you can't see on TV.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty managed to make a clean break and get through the sequel to presenting the best picture Oscar without incident but Sunday night's festivities were not without controversy.
While celebrating at Governors Ball, best actress winner Frances McDormand had her statue stolen by a man later identified as Terry Bryant. He was arrested (after posting a Facebook video bragging "this is mine" about the Oscar) and taken into custody, while McDormand did not wait for the scene to clear before she exited the official after party to head to the 90210 for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
McDormand, accompanied by husband Joel Coen and son Pedro, arrived before 11:30 p.m. without her new golden accessory and reportedly told guests of the theft while making her way down the carpet. Once inside, McDormand made a beeline for the bar (after greeting her publicist Simon Halls and husband Matt Bomer) where she ordered tequila (a Paloma cocktail with Volcan De Mi Tierra tequila) and pocketed free American Spirits cigarettes on offer at an outdoor bar. A female guest rushed the two-time Academy Award winner by saying, "Congratulations! I love you! You inspire me." Without missing a beat, McDormand quipped: "I'm old. That's my job."
Fox Searchlight's Barry Dale Johnson made it his job to return the trophy from the Dolby Ballroom to Vanity Fair, hailing a taxi and heading over there after midnight to personally deliver it, a source confirmed. McDormand hugged Johnson, thanking him for the special delivery before handing the statue to Coen for safe keeping the rest of the night.
Adding another layer of intrigue to the story, on Monday, A24 executive Nicolette Aizenberg reposted a photo on Instagram showing that she appeared in a photo with alleged thief Bryant at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar party. A24 celebrated wins for best picture for Moonlight, best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and best adapted screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. (A source indicated that the Oscar Bryant is holding was the best picture Oscar.) "I just found out that I posed with the Oscar thief (and Oscar himself) last year and was on his Instagram feed which is perhaps the funniest thing I've ever seen? I also clearly never let the little guy (which was not mine I was just babysitting) out of sight. Thank God," Aizenberg posted.
The image originally appeared on Bryant's Instagram feed — under the name DJ Matari — which features him at many high profile events including the Grammys, Emmys, SAG Awards to the recent Black Panther premiere. THR has confirmed that Bryant also has a long criminal history with multiple arrests. Inside Edition has posted seven of his previous mugshots.
While his occupation is unclear, his Instagram profile says, "I Love GOD I Am a highly favored of God! I am Producer, A-list Entertainment journalist, TV Film & Music Producer, A&E Editor Actor, TV Host, UN Ambassador."
A rep for McDormand did not return THR's request for comment.
Gold was the theme of the night at Jay Z and Beyonce's inaugural post-Oscars party as music's reigning king and queen entered the packed party circuit with an uber exclusive bash at Chateau Marmont.
The couple kept a tight leash on invites, selecting around 150 guests for the event, all of whom were reportedly hand picked to hang with Mary J. Blige who was being celebrated for her two nominations, and her Oscar show peformance of "Mighty River." Blige departed the Vanity Fair after party just after midnight with Diddy, French Montana and Naomi Campbell, all of whom packed in the same SUV to head over to Chateau Marmont.
Some guests reportedly used a private back entrance where they could escape paparazzi as they entered the party which took place in the parking garage converted into a party space. Preparations got underway in the days before the party, but even hotel staffers weren't aware who was actually hosting the party until that night. Event planners tried to keep any information from leaking to the press. "I gave my dress size so I know that I'll be wearing something that is just for this party and it's a special theme," one hotel staffer told THR three days before the party.
Get Out breakout Lil Rel Howery confirmed to THR that it was, indeed a gold theme — fitting for Hollywood's biggest night. The actor said he didn't even receive confirmation of address and other arrival information until Saturday morning. "I can't believe I was invited, man. The invite arrived in this secretive way, and it read like, yo, you're invited to this party and you're coming. Let me know," he said with a laugh.
Good Time filmmakers the Safdie brothers, Josh and Ben, who directed Jay Z's video "Marcy Me," also confirmed to THR that they were headed to party with the power couple. "We have an actual solid connection," Josh says.
Others who could say the same after Sunday night included Jordan Peele, Drake, Tiffany Haddish, Tracee Ellis Ross, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Shonda Rhimes, Usher, Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak and Angela Bassett.
Meanwhile at Madonna and Guy Oseary's party, Cardi B. performed a set of songs including her hit "Bodak Yellow" for the A-list crowd at Oseary's Coldwater Canyon home. To get into party guests were asked to provide a pass with a number of guests as security checked cars to make sure the numbers matched up. Another check point offered the same scenario in an effort to curb any party crashers. "Every nominee was there," relayed on attendee. "Except for Meryl Streep."
Inside Kim Kardashian chatted up Cardi B and Madonna, Woody Harrelson cut a rug with Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie danced with a group of girlfriends, and guests had five different bars to choose from "so there was never a line at any of them," continued the source, who added that attendees stuck to the "no phones, no camera" policy.
Also in attendance: Timothee Chalamet who once dated Madonna's daughter Lourdes.
On the Oscars red carpet, a VIP guest gushed to Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, complimenting him on his Moschino ensemble that featured leather harnesses. "It's something subtle," quipped the bronze medalist who attended the show with fellow figure skater Mirai Nagasu (who had her bronze medal tucked into her clutch).
There was nothing faint about the fact that Sunday's festivities were especially kind to Winter Olympics athletes Rippon, Nagasu and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, all of whom attended the telecast and were spotted being bombarded by selfie requests and adoration from VIP guests.
While making their way down the red carpet, Rippon and Nagasu told The Hollywood Reporter what it felt like to be invited. "The Oscars are the Olympics of Hollywood," Rippon said, with Nagasu adding, "We're having the time of our lives."
Rippon was spending part of this night in his life with his eyes peeled for Meryl Streep in the hopes that he could introduce himself. "She should be aware because I don't know what my reaction will be," he said. (Speaking of reactions, Coco winner Adrian Molina expressed to THR what it felt like to get some face time with the figure skater: "That was a trip to meet Adam Rippon.")
Meanwhile, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy also made the rounds Sundayt night, attending both the Elton John and Vanity Fair parties, and it was at the latter event where he told THR how surreal it was to be invited to Hollywood's biggest night. "To come from the world stage in an area of my life that I know very well, to a completely different kind of world stage is amazing," he said, wearing a Ralph Lauren tuxedo and clutching boyfriend Matthew Wilkas's hand. Rippon held tight to the hope that he and Nagasu might meet Streep by the end of the night, but as the clock inched closer to midnight, that dream didn't appear that it could come true.
Nagasu, instead, dreamed of moving on from Vanity Fair to one of the other two A-list events on the evening's itinerary. "If we could get invited to [Beyonce and Jay Z's party] or Madonna's party, that would be amazing."
This is fact: I witnessed more people greeting these two @Olympics stars, asking for selfies, professing love than any actors or nominees. It’s already turning out to be great #Oscars for @Adaripp @mirai_nagasu. He told me he wants to meet Meryl Streep over anyone. pic.twitter.com/IrxBi0yqMH— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) March 5, 2018
When Nicole Kidman announced Jordan Peele as the winner of the Oscar for best original screenplay for his work on Get Out, filmmaker John Singleton cheered and clapped inside the Dolby Theatre's lobby bar which was filled with guests who erupted in applause along with him. Singleton earned a nomination in the same category in 1992 for Boyz n the Hood, and offered to put in perspective for The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm so happy, man," Singleton said. "He went and made a genre movie and he made the best genre movie that he could make, and he ended up with three Oscar nominations. Now, he won an Oscar — it's beautiful."
Emotions aside, Singleton said the win helps prove a larger point about diversity in Hollywood. "Jordan started as a performer and he found the next level to create and tell stories in a different way. We're in a time in the business where that is allowed to happen. When I was nominated, it was considered out-of-the-box and different. Now it's the new normal. The black presence in the film industry is finally catching up to the music industry, and that makes me feel like America is more American."
Ran into my favorite actress Baby Sister Taraji P Henson .... a real one! We’ve already made some history together and now the future is coming. Love all the blessings she has been betowed with because I have seen and been there 4 the struggle. As a black woman in Hollywood this little girl has emerged as a queen. Please support her always ...she is more than worthy! @tarajiphenson
Three days before the Oscars, Brad Pitt stood at the top of the stairs outside Chateau Marmont's 6th floor penthouse — site of the Gersh Agency's Oscar celebration for nominated clients Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell and Richard Jenkins — and fielded a barrage of funny questions. "Do you recognize me now? Do you know who I am?" asked the woman, an actress known to the rest of Hollywood as the breakout star of Girls Trip. "You haven't seen it?"
The answer was no, but to anyone closely monitoring Oscar weekend events, everyone will know who Tiffany Haddish is now as the 38-year-old proved to be a breakout star on the circuit as well.
Everywhere The Hollywood Reporter went in the days leading up to Sunday's telecast, Haddish seemed to be the center of attention.
Haddish photo bombed Alfre Woodard's sponsor photo shoot on the carpet at Woodard's Oscar's Sistahs Soiree on Feb. 28; swapped jokes with Sarah Silverman at Cadillac's event at Chateau Marmont March 1; danced it up at Charles King's MACRO part at the Underground Museum March 1; promoted positivity while receiving a trophy at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards ("If [you're someone] that wants to bring negativity, just sit your ass down somewhere."); pitched Meryl Streep to THR for Girls Trip 2 at Common's Toast to the Arts on March 2; and took the stage at the Dolby during the big show with Maya Rudolph on March 4.
During the latter appearance, Haddish guessed what the audience might be thinking that "Are the Oscars too black now?" The comedy bit was well-received and many on Twitter proposed the duo should host the Oscars, a movement which even solidified with an online petition. At the Governors Ball after the show, THR informed Haddish of the growing support on Twitter of people saying they should host, to which she replied, "Well, I agree with those people."
As for Pitt, he agreed that he finally needed to check out her breakout performance. "I'm going to see it now," he told her at Chateau as they boarded the same elevator back down to the lobby along with his manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante.
As he did when he hosted the Emmys in 2016, Oscar MC Jimmy Kimmel again treated his friends and staffers to a lavish afterparty fit for foodie lovers at The Lot featuring stands from U.S. hotspots including L.A.’s Animal and Lucques; Austin, Texas’ APL Restaurant; San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery; Brooklyn’s Frankies 457 Spuntino; and Philadelphia’s Vertri.
And around midnight, he interrupted the band to lead the revelers in a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday" for his wife and head writer Molly McNearney, whose 40th was March 5.
The night's big winner Guillermo del Toro was also on hand to party with guests like Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Scott Eastwood, Adam Scott, Jon Favreau, Michael Keaton, Ike Barinholtz, Nick Kroll, Ryan Kwanten, Nicole Scherzinger, David Foster, and Katharine McPhee, and others.
Entertainment included Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – a 14-piece jazz orchestra band, accompanied by music stars Snoop Dogg, Ora, Rexha and a DJ set by Politik.
Described by a party insider as "a foodie's paradise," the event featured chefs and bartenders who were flown in just for the occasion to prepare Kimmel's favorites from restaurants across the country. Representing were: Adam Perry Lang of APL Restaurant with a Texas Toast Taco paired with Tanqueray No. TEN; Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery with breads and pastries including a Lemon Tart paired with Ketel One Vodka; Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco with margherita and biancoverde pizzas paired with Ciroc Jimlet; Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies 457 Spuntino & Prime Meats with foie gras hot dog and eggplant marinara with pecorino romano paired with Zacapa Rum; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of animal with a burger paired with Bulleit Bourbon; Marc Vetri of Vertri Cucina with ricotta gnocchi with crispy artichokes and parmigiano reggiano paired with Johnnie Walker; and Suzanne Goin of Lucques, a.o.c, and Tavern with Spanish fried chicken with buttermilk biscuit and spiced carrot slaw paired with Tequila Don Julio.
Other sponsors included Guiness, Lavazza, Dolby, Foreo, Hall Wines, Icelandic Glacial, KeVita Kombucha, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi, SMD Cosmetics, Tieks and Lyft.
Married couple Jordan Horowitz, a producer, and Julia Hart, a writer director, are expecting their second child so its not surprising that Horowitz leaned on an analogy involving babies during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about Sunday's Oscars.
The La La Land producer was widely praised for how he handled the 2017 best picture mix-up when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the Damien Chazelle musical as the winner of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, and like the Bonnie & Clyde duo, he also booked a return to the Dolby Theatre. But not like them, Horowitz didn't make it to the stage and that was just fine by him.
"If somebody has had an accident with your child, they will never have an accident again because they will be so hyper aware of what’s going on," explains the producer, who is busy with a packed slate of TV and film projects including Counterpart, Stockholm, Bastard, Fast Color and Chazelle's new Apple TV series. "So I think that if you want to guarantee that it will go perfectly well, they are exactly the right people."
He was right. Beatty and Dunaway finished with a clean performance to close out the show, with the big award of the night going to Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.
As for his own performance, Horowitz and his wife left the Dolby for one of the night's major Oscar parties, one that he wasn't able to make it to last year. "It’s nice to be looking at it with the perspective that a year brings," he explains. "Both in my family — my wife is pregnant — and with my career as I’ve made other movies and television. I’m excited to be able to go to the Vanity Fair party for once."
Guillermo del Toro continued to be the toast of the town Monday. After making late night appearances at the Fox afterparty at TAO and Kimmel's private shindig at The Lot in West Hollywood, the filmmaker — honored with an Oscar for best picture and best director for his Fox Searchlight release The Shape of Water — stopped by WME's Beverly Hills offices shortly after 2 p.m. to greet his longtime reps along with dozens of agents and executives. He posed for pics (with everyone from Patrick Whitesell to assistants) while toting both Oscar statues. Even sweeter: WME doled out champagne and Sprinkles cupcakes to everyone in attendance.