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The Parties after Oscar

EW reports on the biggest soirees after the ceremony

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Governors Ball L.A., GOVERNORS BALLROOM

What happens when two irresistible forces (Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts) collide with an immovable object (a cadre of paparazzi)? Flashbulbs explode, temporarily blinding the 1,600 partygoers at the night’s first big postshow shindig. Graciousness was the word of the early evening as snubbee Paul Giamatti and weary also-ran Annette Bening greeted well-wishers like Barbra Streisand, Leo DiCaprio, and Cate Blanchett with tight smiles before digging into Wolfgang Puck’s sweet Maine lobster en croute, Kobe beef short ribs, and toasted-almond-and-espresso cream tortes. Lady O, looking trim after her 12-week diet plan, steered clear of the food, but ate up Jamie Foxx’s speech: ”It was so moving,” Winfrey recalled. ”As an African American — and I said this to Chris Rock the other night — this was as big as the night Sidney Poitier won.”

Vanity Fair LOS ANGELES, MORTONS

The nibbles?brownies, egg rolls, and pigs in a blanket — weren’t appetizing, but who had the courage to eat them anyway when the average body-fat count hovered at 4 percent? Tom Cruise, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Christina Aguilera, Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Hilton sisters stopped by the night’s poshest party. Jay-Z held court in a corner booth with a gaggle of models while Jessica Simpson feigned complacency toward Jamie-Lynn DiScala, even as the thought bubble over her head screamed: ”#&!!@ has my dress!” Near the ladies’ room, Adrien Brody shared an intimate moment with Hilary Swank, hugging her and whispering (not too successfully, since we heard), ”I was rooting for you.” Her response? ”I’m rooting for you always.” Is there an Academy Award for sycophancy?

Elton John LOS ANGELES, PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER

All the TV stars at Elton John’s annual AIDS fund-raiser left attendees wondering whether they’d stumbled into an Emmy party. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Desperate Housewives‘ Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria jammed to Scissor Sisters, but the night’s biggest rock star was birthday girl Elizabeth Taylor. ”When it comes to jewelry, she usually wants to come,” said John. ”We enticed her with a nice gift.” White diamonds, perhaps?

EW NEW YORK CITY, ELAINE’S

Even after all these years, Joan Collins is still one coy diva: ”I’m one of 6,000 voters, but I’m not telling you who I voted for.” She mingled with the likes of Katie Holmes, Mena Suvari, Donnie Wahlberg, Liza Minnelli, and Tony ”I want to host the Oscars” Danza at EW’s 11th annual viewing party. As the Sideways sangria and Neverland nightcaps flowed, The Sopranos‘ Joey Pants discussed Hilary Swank’s anatomy and Netflix, while Marcia Gay Harden called the show’s decision to present statues to seated nominees ”insane.” True that. At 3,000 miles away, Harden seemed closer to the stage than most of the award recipients.