The scene at the Spirit Awards, where the cocktails kicked off at 11:00 AM. It was a liquid brunch of Jameson, beers, and Brancott Estate wines for many.
Spirit Awards host Andy Samberg says good morning to the bosses: Film Independent Co-Presidents Sean McManus and Josh Welsh. (Photo by Kevin Winter.)
Tanya Haden and Jack Black arrive. Of Black’s Spirit Award nominated film “Bernie,” Samberg joked that it’s one of his two favorite movies of all time with “Bernie” in the title. “The other one does not take place during the week,” Samberg said.
Fox Searchlight president Nancy Utley (far left) and Leonard Maltin “shopped” at the Joe Fresh at JCP tent during the cocktail reception. The bright “summer is coming” colors weren’t just on the JCP shelves….
…they were also the ornaments on every seat inside. (All photos except Utley by Michael Buckner.)
Bradley Cooper gets ready to settle in with “Silver Linings Playbook” producer Bruce Cohen. Their movie would end up the afternoon’s big winner. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian)
Chris Tucker cruised through the On3 Presenter’s Lounge and started shopping for post-Awards season recuperation with a gift from Manito Linens. (Photo by Wireimage)
The backstage scene watching Samberg’s hilarious opening monologue.
How indy is this? “Middle of Nowhere” producer Paul Garnes, who won the John Cassavetes award category for best feature under $500,000, rode the shuttle back to parking lot 5 after the show.
“The nomination is the award,” Women In Film president Cathy Schulman told the group of Oscar nominees (each wearing a white gardenia) at WIF’s annual Friday Cocktails.
“Hey hotstuff,” one photographer yelled at Jessica Chastain as she arrived with ten minutes to go in the three hour event. Rarely appearing as a couple, Chastain’s boyfriend Gian Luca Passi attended the Fig and Olive party with her, and wore her white gardenia on his lapel instead. (Photo by Mikey Glazer)
Inside, Chastain hung with Danielle Radcliffe. With Radcliffe, Chastain, and David O. Russell all rolling in close to 8 o’clock, the party peaked right at the end and intimate power circles sprung up in the emptying room continued for another hour.
Earlier, the scene at WIF’s Oscar Friday cocktail event hosted by Perrier-Jouét, who even brought their own themed champagne stems to the party. Blogger Jared Eng (“Just Jared”) is visible in the foreground.
Estee Lauder Group President John Demsey (whose MAC Cosmetics supplies many production make-up departments and hosted the event) with “Silver Linings Playbook” nominee Jacki Weaver. (Except where noted, WIF photos by John Sciulli.)
“If it weren’t for so many women paving the way for a cute little black girl with weird teeth and a round body, I wouldn’t be here and nobody would know who I am,” Octavia Spencer told the Women In Film crowd. “I’m not Halle Berry. I tell people I’m ‘barely Halle’.” (Photo by Mikey Glazer)
Former James Bond George Lazenby and the Bond franchise producer Michael G. Wilson at the Great British Film Reception on Friday afternoon.
James Bond’s Vesper Martinis, an Aston Martin, and Oscar himself made appearances at the Great British twilight cocktails that started in the sun and continued in to the night.
“The Lone Ranger” actor James Frain and “The Hobbit” star Graham McTavish celebrate British nominees at the British residence in Hancock Park.
British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay welcomed each individual guest to her house in the lobby, then greeted the crowd from the veranda. Two years ago, she welcomed Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton, who stayed overnight when they visited L.A.
Julian Sands and “Lincoln” and “Mad Men” star Jared Harris at the British Residence. Managers from London’s famed members-only Groucho Club came to supervise the cocktail mixing for the Pimm’s cups. (All Photos except the atmosphere shots by Frazer Harrison.)
Costume Designers from “Argo”, “Anna Karenina”, “Les Miersables”, “Lincoln”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, and “Silver Linings Playbook” surround UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Dean Teri Schwartz at a panel discussion of the craft on Friday, sponsored by Swarovski.
While being penalized for skipping a tennis tournament in Dubai, world #2 Victoria Azarenka (2nd from left) turned up in Hollywood on Friday night. She hit OK Magazine’s Pre-Oscar party with LMFAO’s Red Foo. At right, publicist Melissa Berger and Kendra Wilkinson were also cheerful at the Ciroc party that made 9 P.M. look like 2 A.M.
Tommy Lee Jones, David Furnish and Elton John put the posh in Tom Ford's early-evening cocktail party at Ford’s Beverly Hills store on Thursday night. (Photos by Angela Weiss)
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at Tom Ford. (Photo by Angela Weiss)
Two Oscar winners: Ron Howard and composer Hans Zimmer, surround Marcia Poole of the U.N.’s International Labour Organization at Vanity Fair's Fiat party at Cecconis on Thursday. “It’s a good program,” Howard told TheWrap of Poole’s agenda. (Photo by Lester Cohen)
Alyssa Milano pulls up at the Fiat party. (Photo by Michael Buckner)
Steven Spielberg, J. J. Abrams, and U.S.-Ireland Alliance President Trina Vargo celebrate “Oscar Wilde: Irish in Film” in Santa Monica on Thursday night. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez)
Colin Farrell fixes producer Jim Sheridan's tie before hitting the Oscar Wilde carpet at Abrams’ Bad Robot offices. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez)
Paula Wagner and makeup artist Michele Burke, who worked together on “Mission: Impossible III,” which was directed by the host, J.J. Abrams. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez)
CAA agent Hylda Queally and “Not Fade Away” actress Dominique McElligott. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez)
Jerry Weintraub and Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair, Barneys New York and the Weinstein Company’s closely knit dinner for "Silver Linings Playbook" at the Chateau Marmont on Wednesday night. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Chris Tucker, Paul Herman and Matthew Russell, who inspired his father, David O. Russell, to make “Silver Linings Playbook,” at the dinner. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
100 years ago, Vanity Fair’s inaugural editor Frank Crowninshield boasted that “Vanity Fair will ignite a dinner party at 50 yards.” (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Antoine Fuqua greets "Silver Linings" star Bradley Cooper at the dinner. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Piers Morgan and Jacki Weaver. Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein at a benefit for the Glenholme School in Connecticut, which educates children with special needs and counts director David O. Russell among its active parents. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
After provoking the Academy as the "The Dictator" last year, it's been a controversy-free Oscar week “Les Misérables” star Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher. The couple joined Chrysler's toast to "Les Miz" at Eveleigh on Wednesday night. (Photo by Lester Cohen)
Vanity Fair Publisher Edward Menicheschi, designer Jennifer Zuccarini, Tom Hooper, Amanda Seyfried and Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson at the “Les Miz” toast, which benefited the L.A. Fund for Public Education. (Photo by Lester Cohen)
Donna Langley and “Les Miz” producer Eric Fellner. (Photo by Lester Cohen)
Adrien Brody and Lara Lieto take in the un-misérable scene at Eveleigh. (Photos by Michael Buckner and Jason Kempins.)
Clockwise from top left: Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell welcomes Cameron Silver (from the upcoming “Dukes of Melrose”), designer Olga Sorokina, David Arquette, Shanola Hampton, and the bidders at the Pieces of Heaven Auction on Wednesday night, where the live auction raised $61,000. (Photos by Jason Merrit)
Some parents do Understand -- Will Smith rode shotgun in the booth with his oldest son Trey (aka DJ AcE) at the relaunched Teddy’s inside the Roosevelt on Tuesday night. Trey spun for Vanity Fair and L’Oreal’s DJ night.
Even Jaden Smith was on the dance floor.
Dev Patel and host Freida Pinto at VF’s Campaign Hollywood on Tuesday night, benefitting documentarian Tom Yellin’s “Girl Rising.” Yelling aims to leverage the film about educating girls around the world into an ongoing campaign.
Bulgari threw a dinner and party Tuesday night to celebrate the acquisition of Taylor’s crown jewels. Julianne Moore (with Taylor’s longtime assistant Tim Mendelson) was only the second person ever to wear a necklace given by Richard Burton to Taylor in 1964. (Photo by Jeff Vespa)
Drew Barrymore made an appearance at the Bulgari event. (Photo by Jeff Vespa)
An army of umbrella holders shielded guests from the rain as they crossed the shut-down Brighton Way. From the Bulgari store on Rodeo, the parties took place on the roof of a cosmetically unrecognizable parking garage next door. Six floors up, violin/DJ duo Caitlin Moe and Mia Moretti rocked MGMT for a seated dinner and party.
They went “into the case” for “The Impossible” lead and Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts, at Bulgari. (Photo by Jeff Vespa)
Dinner guests at Bulgari included Paul Haggis, Kirsten Dunst, Analeigh Tipton (from “Crazy Stupid Love”), Kate Walsh and an actual princess who left her dogs with a guardian inside. (Photo on left by Michael Buckner)
Host Veronica Bulgari with Marisa Tomei. (Photo by Jeff Vespa)
Steve Martin and Joel McHale are the background music as Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler chat backstage at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. (Photo by Christopher Polk)
Shirley MacLaine and the woman who dressed her on “Downton Abbey,” Caroline McCall. McCall won Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV series for draping Lord Grantham’s brood at the Costume Designer Guild Awards. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan)
Grace Gummer, Aaron Sorkin with Olivia Munn, who hosted an Oscar week kickoff party at the Chateau Marmont on Monday night. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Minka Kelly and Vanity Fair’s West Coast editor Krista Smith at Juicy Couture’s celebration of the “Vanities Calendar.” Proceeds went to the the regional food bank of Munn's native Oklahoma City. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Max Minghella and B.J. Novak grouped with Ellie Kemper at the Juicy party. “Since I’ve always spent the Oscars in my pajamas eating Thai food, why change that now? I don’t think anybody is going to be like, ‘Where was Ellie at the Oscars?’ I can easily hide from it.” (Photo by Michael Buckner)
From Jessica Chastain chatting up Harry Potter, to Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams hunkering down together, to awards winners with trophies riding shuttle buses -- a continuously updating gallery of the scene leading up to Oscar night.