Oscar Party Diary: Inside the Glitziest Bashes
Lil Kim, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer were all spotted as THR hit the most exclusive celebrations.
The Hollywood Reporter hit the most exclusive parties over Oscar weekend, including all of the big postshow bashes, to document the best moments.
Read on for all of the behind-the-scenes scoop from the Governors Ball, Elton John's Oscars party and pre-Oscars celebrations around the Independent Spirit Awards and by WME and others.
Sunday, Feb. 22
1:08 a.m. Birdman screenwriters (other than Alejandro G. Inarritu) passing their Oscars around.
12:40 a.m. Octavia Spencer says she was not in on Neil Patrick Harris' predictions box bit during the telecast but loved that she was featured in the show so much.
12:20 a.m. Bonnie Arnold met Octavia Spencer for the first time tonight. After chatting for a while, DreamWorks Animation's new co-president of feature animation, who was also an Oscar nominee for her role as a producer on How to Train Your Dragon 2, invited Spencer to come and see what they're doing at DWA, to which Spencer replied, "It's a date!"
11:41 p.m. The party started out with very '80s/'90s soundtrack — think Prince, Wham!, Michael Jackson — and is now transitioning to more current fare like Hozier.
11:39 p.m. Jeff Goldblum looking bemused in white dinner jacket.
11:37 p.m. Twice-nominated director Lucy Walker (for documentary and documentary short) celebrating tonight's feminist statements by Patricia Arquette, Meryl Streep and also #AskHerMore ("I also like 'Ask Him Less,' " she says), recalls an interview with The New York Times the year she was nominated for Waste Land. All of the other directors were men and all were quoted on their work and films; she spoke about her work but was quoted only on her Oscar dress plans. "I enjoy fashion; I'm happy to talk about it but not to the exclusion of my work," Walker says.
The Governors Ball:
10:53 p.m. Three-time Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, Jason Reitman and Hans Zimmer among those trying to stay dry while waiting for car pickup.
10.14 p.m. Sergio Mendes and will.i.am just went onstage.
10:09 p.m. Octavia Spencer says because she was part of Harris' predictions bit during the show, she couldn't leave her seat and her bladder was going to explode.
10:08 p.m. Miles Teller tells THR Lady Gaga was two years ahead of him at NYU and she was singing Broadway show tunes then, so he knew she had tonight in her.
Elton John's Oscar party:
12:45 a.m. Just when you think it's glamorous to go to a glitzy party on Oscar night, the valet loses your ticket and you spend 45 minutes standing outside in the rain waiting for the car. The valet attendants are nice at Elton John's bash, however, walking each reveler to his car while covering him with extra-large umbrellas. Nice touch.
12:38 a.m. "Should we stay? Two Oscar winners just arrived," one party guest asks his date, obviously intent on staying late. New Oscar winners have arrived, but one very famous Japanese pop star is leaving as Miyavi — best known in Hollywood for his turn in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken — makes his way past the valet with a woman (his wife?) and both are wearing rain-ready black leather trench coats.
12:37 a.m. Best live-action short winner Mat Kirkby (The Phone Call), spotted by the valet preparing to leave in a waiting Towncar, says he's stoked to get free donuts at his local bakery after winning an Oscar. Before he gets in, he shouts to a friend, "Are you going to Vanity Fair or Madonna's?" The perks of holding that gold guy is that you get to go wherever you want.
12:33 a.m. Six sheriff's deputies follow a man with a ponytail past the valet and into the street, where it is sprinkling. The man is shouting and screaming some nonsense, causing a huge disturbance. They lead him up the street, out of sight.
12:28 a.m. Outside by the valet, Lady Victoria Hervey gets in the back of a waiting gold-colored minivan. Who needs a sleek black SUV when you can ride around like a soccer mom?
12:08 a.m. Craig Robinson and The Wanted hunk Siva Kaneswaran are spotted near the bar. Craig hands Siva's date his phone and asks her to snap a pic of the two of them together. Nicole Scherzinger and Meagan Good are wedged behind them at the bar still chatting.
12:07 a.m. Someone is smoking weed.
12:05 a.m. Camilla Belle tells me that her favorite moment of the night was "seeing Eddie win" as in Redmayne, who she says is a "friend for a very, very long time. He deserves that 100 percent."
11:58 p.m. Paramount Pictures' Adam Goodman is holding court not far away, chatting with two male friends and a leggy blonde.
11:44 p.m. THR stops Taye Diggs to ask him about ex-wife Idina Menzel's return to the Oscars stage, one year after John Travolta flubbed her name. This year, Travolta got it right and couldn't keep his hands off her face. THR wants to ask Diggs for his opinion, but he says to wait one sec and he'll be right back. He never comes back.
11:35 p.m. Onetime Gossip Girl co-stars Kelly Rutherford and Michelle Trachtenberg are spotted catching up near the bar in the Patron Lounge.
11:30 p.m. Rose McGowan in a chic Jean-Paul Gaultier couture off the runway, tells me that "Patricia Arquette used her power for good in the world. Women of every race, color and creed are represented in this industry and it's time that we are rewarded for our fight. We need her and she spoke for us."
11:28 p.m. Aaron Paul is spotted in the entrances right off the white carpet, posing for fan pics.
11:22 p.m. Lil Kim gets fanned for a few minutes before she stands and agrees to selfies for several fans. A Getty photographer snaps a pic of her as the rapper asks him to take one more after she adjusts her hair. Her rep asks the photographer to see the photos and she clearly likes what she sees and says, "thank you" and walks away.
11:17 p.m. The main ballroom has cleared out following a roof-raising performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic accompanied by Elton John on the piano with a packed stage of revelers. Streamers are covering the ground and Lil Kim is the lone celebrity who has remained seated in her seat. She's actually the only person still sitting in the ballroom at all, and she's surrounded by three companions, two of whom are fanning her with white makeshift fans.
11:11 p.m. Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller brushes by Sarah Hyland, touching her arm as she passes and smiling to say hello. Hyland responds with an eye roll. Hyland is spotted moments later, lighting up a cigarette by the portable restroom.
11:07 p.m. Tia Mowry, accompanied by her dashing husband Cory Hardrict, says of Patricia Arquette's speech about equal pay for women in the industry: "I love how she used the Oscars as a podium to speak for an amazing movement. I thought it was important and right on time. I hope we do see change. I admire her courage."
10:50 p.m. Meagan Good is in a close chat with Nicole Scherzinger in the Patron Lounge while Jack Osborne stands steps always while his wife, Lisa, sits in front of him.
10:48 p.m. Kate Walsh is standing in the Patron Lounge surrounded by a gaggle of gays.
10:46 p.m. Rick Yune is discussing his travel plans — he has to catch an early-morning flight — as Taye Diggs walks by en route to the toilets. "I'm going to pee myself man," Diggs says to Yune. "But you look good. Have fun!" Diggs dashes to the toilet.
10:38 p.m. Eric McCormack stops and fields our question about his favorite moment of the night. "I liked Patricia Arquette's speech," he says, pausing as his wife steps in and says the "Glory" win and the Lady Gaga moment. "Oh yes! I heard Gaga was doing 'The Sound of Music,' and I wasn't sure but it was so great," he says.
10:36 p.m. A publicist confirms that Heidi Klum is indeed gone but was spotted smoking cigarettes by the outdoor bathroom earlier.
10:33 p.m. Celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek, best known for his longtime collaborations with Katy Perry, picks his fashion queens of the night: He loved Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the latter because, "the fit on that dress. Oh my God!"
10:24 p.m. Kathy Hilton tells THR she's exhausted after going everywhere these past few days but that her favorite part on the night was seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel win so many awards. "That's Nikki's fiance's uncle who was involved in the film." Rick Hilton said he loves Nile Rodgers but backs up Kathy's story of exhaustion, saying they have jet lag from arriving from Palm Beach.
10:21 p.m. Nile Rodgers and Chic get the crowd inside the mail ballroom lit up with their hands in the air by performing classic jam "We Are Family."
10:15 p.m. Robin Tunney on Patricia Arquette: "She's so amazing, and it's true about the pay. And my favorite part was Meryl Streep backing her up! Also I love that she writes her speeches down and puts on glasses because she isn't trying to be cool and she doesn't want to forget anyone."
10:13 p.m. Sarah Hyland breezes past red carpet reporters on her way out. One of those reporters says that Heidi Klum left and Miley Cyrus has already moved on to another party.
10:07 p.m. Isabella Miko leaves the party, telling her friend to text her.
9:53 p.m. The line of cars waiting to get into Elton John's party is backed up past Ashcroft Ave. on San Vicente as revelers were requested to arrive between 9:30 and 10 p.m. for the performance portion of the night following the viewing party. The line of cars is stacked with SUVs and limos.
Night of 100 Stars, the Beverly Hilton:
6:30 p.m. Party organizer Norby Walters being congratulated after Whiplash wins a second Oscar; his sons Richard and Gary worked on music for the film.
6:00 p.m. Oscar winner Martin Landau greeting Bruce Davison and Mimi Rodgers.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Michael Sugar, Warren Zavala and Doug Wald’s annual party, Sunset Tower:
11:30 p.m. Agents and execs of all stripes are at the Sunset Tower for the easygoing shindig thrown by the Anonymous Content managers and WME agent. The party is also drawing many directors including Edgar Wright, Gary Shore, Marc Webb, Jay Roach and Luke Greenfield.
The Weinstein Co., Montage Beverly Hills:
11:59 p.m. Channing Tatum standing in a circle of admiring women, many of a certain age, and blushing at compliments.
11:47 p.m. Jeff Bezos clapping along as Gary Barlow and Matthew Morrison sing.
11:42 p.m. Jennifer Lopez swaying in seat as Rita Ora performs.
11:38 p.m. At least four billionaires at Weinstein dinner: Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt and Oprah Winfrey.
11:37 p.m. Harvey Weinstein is using the Pre-Oscar party to highlight songs from his Finding Neverland musical. Matthew Morrison (Neverland) and Rita Ora are being introduced by Kelsey Grammer, who is also in the show.
11:33 p.m. Gayle King complementing Jennifer Hudson on her svelte figure as Harvey Weinstein summoned the band back on stage for another set.
11:29 p.m. Anna Wintour drawing more gawkers than most of the stars.
11:25 p.m. New Late Late Show host James Corden holds court with a Brit crew at the The Weinstein Co. dinner at the Montage including Benedict Cumberbatch and a very pregnant Keira Knightley. Non-Brit Channing Tatum was making friends at a nearby table, and Kelsey Grammer stopped by to say hello.
10:46 p.m. James Corden performing scenes from Around the World in 80 Days musical at Weinstein Co. dinner and Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, also singing. Introduced by Harvey Weinstein, he teases audience members including Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Rita Ora, Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch.
IFC Films Spirit Awards After Party, 41 Ocean in Santa Monica:
6 p.m. The mood at the afterparty fete is hardly dampened by Boyhood's loss to Birdman for best feature as Spirits talent and a smattering of AMC folks come out to toast best director winner Richard Linklater's coming-of-age-drama. Though Linklater was absent from the awards, his actors — Spirits winner Patricia Arquette, nominee Ethan Hawke, daughter Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane — are on hand to toast the film's wins along with the film's producer Jonathan Sehring, Nebraska producer Ron Yerxa, Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, Lionsgate TV COO Sandra Stern and a mix of TV and film execs who snack on chicken tacos washed down by champagne.
2015 Spirit Awards:
4:19 p.m. Awkward! As the best feature winner is announced — the biggest award of the day — a table full of Birdman supporters (producers, Fox Searchlight publicists, etc) erupts in thunderous applause and screams while the adjacent table — filled with the Boyhood crew including Hawke, Arquette, Lorelai Linklater and Ellar Coltrane — is obviously disappointed their IFC Films release wasn't announced as the winner.
4:04 p.m. Jena Malone is seen running back to her seat as Julianne Moore makes her way to the stage to accept her best actress trophy for Still Alice.
3:57 p.m. After accepting Richard Linklater's award for best director, Hawke walks back to his table and the first person he greets is Lorelai Linklater, whispering in her ear.
3:50 p.m. CAA agent Hylda Queally, who arrived with longtime client Cate Blanchett, runs over and hugs Marion Cotillard, her other client. Cotillard is overheard saying, "I'm so excited," presumably talking about Sunday's Oscars. Behind them, Matthew Bomer is chatting with a journalist while his partner Simon Halls looks on. The two breeze past Cotillard, who is now being introduced by Queally to Pam Abdy.
3:33 p.m. Arquette walks back to her seat while a clip for Birdman plays, introduced by Emma Stone.
3:31 p.m. Cotillard reaches for an opener and the cracks open a Heineken. (This post wasn't sponsored, it really happened). Kristin Wiig walks by as the Oscar-nominated actress from Two Days, One Night takes a sip of the beer.
3:21 p.m. Arquette leads her boyfriend out a side exit, carrying her purse. Is she leaving? No, her award is still placed on her table in front of her seat.
3:10 p.m. Former SNL co-stars Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph catch up, looking sort of serious for two funny ladies.
3:08 p.m. Kerry Washington stands next to her table and snacks on some appetizers.
2:47 p.m. Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll declines to talk on the record about Paul Thomas Anderson's American Airlines slam, a Spirit Awards sponsor, which he urged the audience not to fly because it will "f—ing lose your luggage," though we hear it was meant as a joke. Warner Bros. distributed Anderson's Inherent Vice. But Kroll will say Warner Bros. is "very lucky" to be busy enough that a post-awards show break isn't possible. No vacations or sighs of relief as she and her team will "roll through" and continue with upcoming releases. As for the Spirit Awards, she praised the "great energy" of the afternoon telecast and the high caliber of filmmakers who receive recognition here.
2:45 p.m. Winner Arquette agrees to a selfie request from a fan, who can't manage to snap the pic on her phone, outfitted with a pink cover, so Arquette grabs the phone and takes the pic herself.
2:41 p.m. Warner Bros.' Adam Keen dashes backstage looking flushed following Anderson's American Airlines diss during his Robert Altman award acceptance speech.
2:31 p.m. Hawke chats with his Boyhood producer Cathleen Sutherland, who earlier told me that her daughter flew in from college the day before so she could be with her for Oscar weekend.
2:27 p.m. Commercial break time and time for Lorelai Linklater to make a break for the bathroom.
2:22 p.m. Ethan Hawke arrives back to his seat after presenting, and before he sits down, he leans over and kisses his wife Ryan on the mouth and takes a sip of Fiji Water.
2:20 p.m. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons are onstage introducing a clip of their film while Emmy Rossum and boyfriend, director Sam Esmail, are still making their way to their seats.
2:18 p.m. Irene Neurith catches up with Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll while Maya Rudolph grants a selfie request from journalist Lizza Monet Morales.
2:15 p.m. Seconds after Patricia Arquette wins for best supporting actress for her work in Boyhood, her manager Molly Madden dashes backstage to greet her client.
12:52 p.m. Manager Paul Nelson adjusts agent Rowena Arguelles' bracelet (or is it a watch?) as they walk into the VIP backstage area. Arguelles admits she's glad that she picked her ensemble because what was promised as a gloomy, mild day has transformed into a gorgeous Santa Monica Saturday.
12:51 p.m. "We're not taking anything for granted and just focusing on being happy for each step of the journey," says Killer Films' Pam Koffler when asked about how she's feeling about a successful awards season showing as the producer of Still Alice, a film that will likely earn Julianne Moore her first Oscar. "And we're enjoying not knowing until we do." Added her longtime producing partner Christine Vachon: "We haven't been here in seven years, so it's great being back." Vachon is soon headed to SXSW where she'll deliver one of the keynote addresses. Does she know what film wisdom and experience she will share? "No way," she laughs as she hands a gift bag to her daughter, Guthrie, to hold for her. "It'll be extemporaneous."
12:50 p.m. "This is my boyfriend Sam," Emmy Rossum declares about director Sam Esmail as she passes back on her way to the Piaget tent.
12:48 p.m. Zach Galifianakis arrives at the VIP backstage area. "He definitely lost a ton of weight," says one guest as he passes.
12:37 p.m. Patricia Arquette arrives and stops a reveler to ask for directions to the bar as she passes by a talll blonde server wearing a blue dress to complement the tray of Fii Water bottles she's holding on a silver tray. Fiji is the official water of the Indie Spirit Awards.
12:31 p.m. Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder star Matt McGorry, in a Brooks Brothers suit, tells me it's his first time at the Spirit Awards. His fave film this year? Selma, which he admits made him cry several times.
12:30 p.m. Marcia Cross arrives to the backstage area.
12:26 p.m. When polled for his favorite pic, Sundance film festival director John Cooper says, "Boyhood because it's a once a lifetime movie -- or once every 12 years at least." He's also excited for a nomination for director David Zellner.
12:22 p.m. Rena Ronson bumps into veteran manager Rosalie Swedlin and reaches for a frosting-covered scone while chatting with a Weinstein Company exec.
12:17 p.m. Swedlin she's spreading her applause across several films this year because Anonymous has clients in several big films, including Birdman and Boyhood.
12:16 p.m. Birdman producer John Lesher introduces his young son and chats about his spring plans — he will soon head to Miami to shoot a new movie.
12:15 p.m. Vachon and Cooper catch up right inside the entrance and then move inside under the Lincoln tent for some reprieve from the Santa Monica sunshine.
Friday, Feb. 20
WME private residence, Brentwood:
11:01 p.m. The WME-IMG merger has definitely had an impact on the agency's Oscar party. Mixed in with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwyneth Paltrow (with boyfriend Brad Falchuk) were IMG sports clients like Serena Williams, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, tennis great John McEnroe and broadcaster Al Michaels.
The GREAT British Film Reception, The London Hotel:
6:10 p.m. Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten, (who was actually born in New Zealand) says he's not tired of awards season yet. His favorite moment so far was when he was stopped in customs at the airport: "A guy said 'Welcome to America. My girlfriend and I don't usually go see to romantic movies but we loved yours.' "
5:40 p.m. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, nominated for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, gets a big cheer, after he's referred to as "the best living cinematographer" from onstage.
5:35 p.m. The British Oscar nominees come to the stage for a class photo, with Theory of Everything screenwriter, best song nominee Diane Warren and The Imitation Game producer Teddy Schwarzman among the honorees.
5:27 p.m. Nigel Lythgoe enters The London West Hollywood, followed shortly by Selma's Carmen Ejogo. Meanwhile, Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick eyes English favorite fish and chips.
Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection, Milk Studios:
6:35 p.m. Julianne Moore and Amy Adams talk multiple Oscar nominations amidst a fashionable crowd.
Women in Film Party, Hyde on Sunset:
6:45 p.m. Co-host and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson greets the star-studded crowd – which includes 2015 Oscar nominees Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Rosamund Pike and guests like producer Christine Vachon, Sundance Institute director Keri Putnam and Women in Film board member Lake Bell. WIF president Cathy Schulman announces Hudson has to dash off to Oscar rehearsals as she is performing at Sunday's show. An impressive throng of this year's nominees then gather for a group photo, with guests clamoring for an iPhone shot of Streep — clearly the night’s main attraction — who barely made it to the fete on time due to crazy traffic.