2011 March 1
Photo via Billy Farrell View Gallery
The Cinema Society's very own Andrew Saffir just returned from a whirlwind journey to Los Angeles. We asked him to chronicle some of the highlights of the trip and did he ever deliver! Enjoy Saffir's Hollywood Adventure!
"Woke up Monday morning feeling a little like Charlie Sheen. Had everything to do with the fact that Daniel and I got home on Sunday night at 5:30 a.m. and were up and at ‘em a couple of hours later. Now granted, there were no buxom porn stars or mystery briefcases around, but Daniel’s and my schedule and full-on burning of the candle at both ends this past week/weekend, could indeed rival Charlie Sheen’s. You see, it was Oscar week in LA (of course, my favorite week of the whole year). The New York Times in their Week in Review section this past Sunday claimed that New Yorkers were descending on LA during awards season, and leading the charge evidently are none other than Harvey Weinstein, Graydon Carter, and yours truly. Now, I’m not sure my pilgrimage to movie Mecca deserves such illustrious recognition, but gosh, it sure is a fun, albeit exhausting week, akin to the breakneck pace of the most intense of Fashion Weeks.
Let’s start with the Tuesday before. Graydon Carter hosts a cocktail party for Wendy Stark and the opening of the restaurant Ray’s (named after Wendy’s dad, famed Funny Girl producer Ray Stark) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The party feels like very chic, old Hollywood. Then it’s off to Paul Haggis’ & Pierce Brosnan’s party (also with Vanity Fair) for Paul’s incredible charity, Artists for Peace & Justice, which we love to support. Then we step on the gas to Santa Monica to an opening Donna Karan is hosting with Russell James, and speaking of Funny Girl, the original Funny Girl herself is there with Donna. Yep, I mean Barbra (!). Then it’s a cool, tiny little after-party with Donna, Babs, Josh Lucas, Amy Sacco and more at the Viceroy. Home at 2:00 a.m.-ish.
Wednesday night, it’s the Dior Beauty/Weinstein Co. dinner at the Chateau Marmont. Harvey knows how to give a party (as does Dior Beauty) and this one is super-starry and glam. Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Sharon Stone, the gorgeous Georgina Chapman, and tons more. Endless streams of Moët, and next thing we know it’s 1:00 a.m. yet again.
Thursday night we pick up pal Michelle Monaghan and her hubby Pete White and hit the town running, starting with our favorite men’s designer and friend Tom Ford’s new store opening. The store is beyond, and packed to the glammest of gills with stars. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Adrien Brody, Elizabeth Banks, Colin Firth, and on and on. Nobody does men’s clothes (and now women’s again) like Tom. We covet everything in sight. Next stop – the Chateau Marmont for Forevermark’s chic little supper for Michelle Williams. Then off to Soho House for two parties. We spot Leonardo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Amanda Seyfried and heaps more. Highlight of the night: we get to see ELEW (Eric Lewis) play piano. Mind-blowing. We first saw him months ago at Gerard Butler’s birthday bash and we’re officially obsessed (he also played at our last movie premiere). You’ve never seen piano playing like this. Home at 1:00 a.m.
Friday night is Hollywood Power Player night. First stop is uber-agent Ari Emanuel’s glamorous Brentwood house. Teeming with stars. I am obsessed with his ultra-chic screening room and want to move in. Next stop, Hollywood King Bryan Lourd’s bash. The party is ultra-private (no press at all), so I feel like I ought not to divulge too much, but suffice it to say, it is wall-to-wall A-listers (A+ listers, actually) as far as the eye can see. And everyone is relaxed and kicking back. What a group! Daniel drags me (unwillingly) out at close to 1:00 a.m. (I would have happily stayed all night – the party and Bryan’s house are beyond). Highlight for Daniel: meeting Sofia Vergara. She is hot!
Saturday day is Barry Diller’s & Diane Von Furstenberg’s lunch at their house. This one is always a ton of fun. Relaxed and delicious and an amazing mix of people, and Barry & Diane are incredibly warm and gracious hosts. Oprah sighting!! Saturday night is the Night Before party, masterminded by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, Stacey Snider and Chip Sullivan. Again, stars galore. Every big name in town. Warren & Annette, Cameron, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal….and Sofia Vergara again! Love! We run into Gwyneth, who tells us she’s nervous about her performance the following night (clearly she had nothing to worry about – her performance was amazing!). Then Harvey Weinstein’s party at Soho House, with Montblanc. Yet more stars perched in every nook and cranny. Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Ryan Phillippe and scads more. Home at 2:00 a.m.
Then Sunday, the big guns. The King’s Speech, The Social Network, & The Fighter deservedly win most of the top prizes and after the awards it’s off to the pièce de résistance of Oscar parties, Graydon Carter’s unparalleled Vanity Fair Oscar party at Jeff Klein’s smart Sunset Tower Hotel. This party, thanks to Graydon and his amazing, talented and hard-working team, never, ever disappoints. Madonna, Charlize, Gwyneth, Mick, Hugh Jackman, Jane Fonda, Jon Hamm, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson, Valentino and the two Justins (Timberlake & Bieber) and every trophy winner of the night, and every other A-lister around. And Sofia Vergara gives Daniel a smooch! Score! Then we slip off to the final party of the weekend – Madonna’s & Demi Moore’s party at Guy Oseary’s AMAZING house. Last year we stayed until 4:00 a.m. This year, we broke our record. This one too is private with zero press, so I think I need to plead the fifth here, but trust me when I say, this is one KILLER party. Every Oscar winner and every major name you can think of, while Madonna holds court on the dance floor and gets everyone going all night long. Home at 5:30 a.m. And back to New York (sigh) the next day.
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