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Oscars 2022: The Best Parties, From Start to Finish (Photos)

The Party Report: The 2022 Academy Awards Week brought out the (vaccinated) stars in droves as live events return with a vengeance

Academy Awards Week began with a celebration of Black women’s achievements in Hollywood and crescendoed with “The Slap Heard Round the World” as one Black man sucker slapped another during the broadcast and women lost ground in the never-ending battle for equality (and in fighting our own battles, as well). There were some strides, as “CODA,” a female-directed-and-written film took Best Picture and Jane Campion snagged Best Director (the third woman in 94 years) for “The Power of the Dog,” but the talk of every after-party on Sunday night wasn’t celebrating those achievements; instead, every conversation was about the two famous men and the one famous woman at the center of the storm.

But Hollywood’s return to the party swirl had plenty of glitz and glamour as the week unfolded – and lots of love, too, overriding that violent interlude seen around the world. Here are some photo memories of the best, which happened with pandemic vaccination protocols still in place, but nary a mask in sight on the partygoers.

#1 Aunjanue Ellis Will Smith 2022 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 24: (L-R) Aunjanue Ellis and Will Smith are seen backstage during the 2022 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on March 24, 2022 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for ESSENCE) ]

The week’s party marathon began in earnest on Thursday, March 24 with the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, where lots of powerful women in Hollywood and beyond gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate their successes. “King Richard” star Aunjanue Ellis received her prize from calm-for-the-moment co-star Will Smith while Serena Williams looked on. Other honorees were Nia Long, Quinta Brunson and Chanté Adams. Lena Waithe, Donald Glover, Niecy Nash, Ruth E. Carter and host Damson Idris joined in the celebration, too.

#2 Wilmer Valderrama, Charise Castro Smith, Angie Cepeda and co-founder of the Latinx House Olga Segura attend The Latinx House Pre-Oscars Celebration on March 24, 2022 Getty
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 24: Wilmer Valderrama, Charise Castro Smith, Angie Cepeda and co-founder of the Latinx House Olga Segura attend The Latinx House Pre-Oscars Celebration on March 24, 2022 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Latinx House) ]

Thursday saw a celebration of all things Latin with The Latinx House’s first pre-Oscar gathering, designed to put the spotlight on shifting the image of the Latinx community as portrayed by Hollywood. Held at Issima restaurant in West Hollywood, the bash brought out “Encanto” co-director Charise Castro Smith along with Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Marie and Latinx House founders Olga Segura and Monica Ramirez.

#3 Adam McKay, Jamie Dornan and Dónall Ó Héalai attend US-Ireland Alliance’s 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards Getty
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 24: (L-R) Honorees Adam McKay, Jamie Dornan and Dónall Ó Héalai attend US-Ireland Alliance’s 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on March 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)

It was a laugh-filled night at the 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards, held at the Ebell Club, as honors from the US-Ireland Alliance went to Adam McKay, Jamie Dornan and Dónal Ó Héalai. Mary Steenburgen introduced McKay, who wrote and directed the 2022 Best Picture nominee “Don’t Look Up,” by reminding everyone that her filthy lines in his “Step Brothers” are the ones “people repeat back to me at least three times a week!” McKay revealed, “I’m going back to Ireland soon to write another script,” for it seems the Emerald Isle is a grand place for inspiration that leads to Oscar nominations.

#4 Richard Curtis, President of the US-Ireland Alliance Trina Vargo and J.J. Abrams attend US-Ireland Alliance’s 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards Getty
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 24: (L-R) Richard Curtis, President of the US-Ireland Alliance Trina Vargo and J.J. Abrams attend US-Ireland Alliance’s 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on March 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)

Director Richard Curtis brought down the house at the 16th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards held at the Ebell Club when he humorously trashed both honoree Jamie Dornan during his introduction, as well as his longtime collaborator Hugh Grant. “In my experience, good-looking people normally haven’t got much to recommend them,” Curtis cracked. “And I say that as someone who has spent a lot of time working with Hugh Grant. There is nothing as rare as a good-looking actor who can actually act. And again, Hugh Grant’s name leaps, actually leaps to mind!” Of course, he gave props to Dornan’s acting skills in the end. Director Kenneth Branagh was also honored but was kept out of the room, reportedly because of a positive COVID test.

#5 Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair Radhika Jones, and Amanda Seyfried attend Vanity Fair and Lancôme Celebrate The Future Of Hollywood Getty
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 24: (L-R) Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair Radhika Jones, and Amanda Seyfried attend Vanity Fair and Lancôme Celebrate The Future Of Hollywood, at Mother Wolf, on March 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Vanity Fair) 

Vanity Fair was back in the Oscar swirl all week, hosting a series of events that culminated in their legendary Oscar night party. Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones presided over all, including this “The Future of Hollywood” fete that Amanda Seyfried cohosted at Mother Wolf restaurant. This one on Thursday night was packed with fresh young faces, all hoping to be the next breakthrough star.

#6 Zoe Saldana and Suzy Amis Cameron attend the RCGD Global Pre-Oscars event at Smogshoppe on March 25, 2022 GETTY sized
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 25: Zoe Saldana and Suzy Amis Cameron attend the RCGD Global Pre-Oscars event at Smogshoppe on March 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images for RCGD Global) 

Friday night brought Zoe Saldana to SmogShoppe, where she joined Suzy Amis Cameron to once again bring the idea of sustainability to the Oscars red carpet at the annual RCGD private dinner. By funding young designers who create fashions that don’t suck the life out of our planet, Amis Cameron has been working on changing the red carpet mentality one dress at a time. Designers Sanah Sharma, Jasmine Kelly Rutherford and Yuriko Fukuda created this year’s eco-friendly designs.

#7 Simu Liu, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott and Tiffany Haddish attend the CAA pre-Oscar party at San Vicente Bungalows Getty
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 25: (L-R) Simu Liu, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott and Tiffany Haddish attend the CAA pre-Oscar party at San Vicente Bungalows on March 25, 2022 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for CAA) 

The CAA stable of famous faces gathered at the exclusive San Vicente Bungalows for an in-the-agency family affair on Friday night. There were Academy Award winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Viola Davis, Adrian Brody and Ron Howard, who gave some advice for coping to 2022 nominees like Troy Kotsur, Andrew Garfield and Ariana DeBose. Also on the hot scene were Taylor Swift, Chris Pine, Rege-Jean Page, Anya Taylor-Joy, Simu Liu, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott and Tiffany Haddish.

#8 Rita Moreno at WIF Pre-Oscar Party 2022 Getty
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 25: Rita Moreno (wearing Sportmax and Max Mara) attends the 15th Annual Women In Film Oscar Nominees Party presented by Max Mara, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, and Heineken at Bar Lis on March 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Women in Film) 

Rita Moreno, everyone’s favorite 90-year-old star, brightened up the 15th Annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party Friday evening with a rousing speech that reminded the 60 female Oscar 2022 nominees that women (especially Latin women) still have a long way to go for parity in Tinseltown, saying “we are seriously underrepresented.” Held at the Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel Hollywood, the bash brought out a huge percentage of the female nominees, including Jane Campion, Germaine Franco, Sián Heder, Diane Warren, Tamar Thomas and many more. Moreno wasn’t finished, as she added, “We really need to get together and organize more – before I am dead!”

#9 H.E.R. co-hosted the 15th Annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party sponsored by Tequila Don Julio on March 25, 2022
H.E.R., last year’s Best Original Song winner, was the co-host of the 15th Annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party sponsored by Tequila Don Julio. (Photo courtesy Tequila Don Julio)

Oscar-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. cohosted the Women in Film (WIF) celebration on March 25, joined at the rooftop Bar Lis party by women who are fighting their own battles against sexism in Hollywood and beyond. “It’s all about the women supporting the women,” she said. “The moment we realize that we are unstoppable together, the stronger we will become.” Applauding that sentiment were WIF board president emerita Cathy Schulman, along with Lake Bell, Garcelle Beauvais, Saniyya Sidney, Amy Forsyth and even a few men, including Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant.

#10 British Consul General in Los Angeles Emily Cloke and Lindsay Branagh attend British Consul General
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 25: (L-R) British Consul General in Los Angeles Emily Cloke and Lindsay Brunnock attend British Consul General in Partnership with BAFTA and British Film Commission Celebrate the British Nominees of the 94th Academy Awards on March 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)  

Late-afternoon tea was served at the British Nominees Party on March 25, as British Hollywood ex-pats joined their cohorts who had flown in for Oscar weekend, all beginning the long final weekend of Academy Awards season by raising a glass (of tea or slightly more alcoholic beverages). British Consul Emily Cloke invited everyone to her residence, where nominees including James Harrison, James Mather, Donald Mowat and more nibbled on very British nibbles. But Kenneth Branagh was quarantined out of this celebration, too, sending his wife, art director Lindsay Brunnock, in his stead.

#11 Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington speak onstage during the 2022 Governors Awards
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 25: Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington speak onstage during the 2022 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 25, 2022 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

It was all hugs and brotherly love at the 2022 Governors Awards held Friday night at Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom when Denzel Washington presented Samuel L. Jackson with his honorary Oscar. Liv Ullmann, Elaine May and Danny Glover were honored as well, in a low-key (i.e., no fighting) ceremony attended by Hollywood greats like Bill Murray, Quentin Tarantino, Ava DuVernay, John Lithgow, Alfre Woodard, Rita Wilson and Ruth E. Carter.

#12 Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attend the eBay & GBK Brand Bar Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge 2022 Getty(1)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 26: Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attend the eBay & GBK Brand Bar Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on March 26, 2022 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for GBK Brand Bar)

Luxury lounges returned to the Hollywood firmament with glee, including the massive eBay & GBK Brand Bar Pre-Oscar party that rocked on for two days at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel Rose Garden. With eBay leading the way in gifting top watch and handbag brands like Tag Heuer and Yves Saint Laurent while touting the company’s vaunted “Authenticity Guarantee” service, the GBK lounge also boasted more than 40 companies. And big names came calling, from Oscar-winner Viola Davis to past nominees including Angela Bassett and Bruce Dern, as well as stars like Ashley Greene, Anthony Anderson, who scooped up everything from Sailrock Resort vacations to Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry.

#13 Saniyya Sidney at DPA Gifting Lunge 2022 Photo by Claire Painchaud(1)
Saniyya Sidney attends the 2022 DPA Pre-Oscars Gift Suite held at the Luxe Sunset Hotel in Los Angeles on March 26. (Photo courtesy DPA by Claire Painchaud)

“King Richard” breakout star Saniyya Sidney was just one of many Hollywood types who made the trek to Sunset Boulevard to attend the two-day DPA Pre-Oscars Gift Suite extravaganza, which included a Kenya display that featured art, jewelry, artisanal creations and more. The lure of Kenyan beach vacations and safaris drew Viola Davis and her family, too, as well as “Summer of Soul” producer Beth Hubbard, and 2022 Oscar nominees Chris Corbould, Christopher Townsend and James Mather. All were gifted Nescens Swiss skincare products and on-site spa treatments, as well as more than 40 other items.

#14 Mercedes-Benz ambassador Jon Hamm and Anna Osceola arrive at the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Academy Awards Viewing Party
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 27: Mercedes-Benz ambassador Jon Hamm and Anna Osceola arrive at the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)  

Viewing parties happened all over town on Sunday, March 27 as the controversial 94th Academy Awards unfolded. Mercedes-Benz returned to the Four Seasons Hotel with an extravagant and elegant party that transformed the garden into a warm indoor space, complete with televisions everywhere. Jon Hamm made the scene with his statuesque girlfriend Anna Osceola and checked out the new Concept EQG Mercedes parked out front. Derek Hough and his date Hayley Erbert blew up the red carpet, as did Jason Lewis and hot showrunner-star Quinta Brunson, whose “Abbott Elementary” ABC series was just renewed for Season 2.

#15 Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, David Furnish, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party 2022
Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, David Furish and his two sons at the 30th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood on March 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy Elton John AIDS Foundation/Getty)

With Elton John on tour in Nebraska, his husband David Furnish enlisted Lady Gaga as the host of this annual bash that raises still-needed funds to keep the search for a real AIDS cure on track. Furnish and John’s boys joined in the fun, which lasted well into the night and culminated with a performance by Brandi Carlile. Eric McCormack and Billy Porter joined in the hosting duties, and John beamed in from the tour. Also making the over-capacity scene were Kevin Costner, Demi Lovato, Patricia and Rosanna Arquette, Heidi Klum, Chris Pine and lots of Hollywood’s beautiful people.

#16 Amy Forsyth, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez, Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur attend the Governors Ball 2022 Getty
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 27: (L-R) Amy Forsyth, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez, Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur attend the Governors Ball during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Positivity reigned supreme at the Governor’s Ball that immediately followed the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, as the winners celebrated without any controversy. The “CODA” stars’ ebullient excitement made everyone in the room smile and silently wave their hands in a delighted ASL tribute to the charming film that took home the big prize.

#17 Ariana DeBose Celebrates Her Oscars Win with Tequila Don Julio 1942 at Governors Ball in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022 Don Julio photo
Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose raises a glass of Tequila Don Julio 1942 to celebrate her win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in “West Side Story” at the Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official after-party. (Photo by Mark Von Holden, A.M.P.A.S. for Tequila Don Julio) 

Latina actress Ariana DeBose’s historic Oscar win was somewhat overshadowed by the Will Smith debacle. But her Tequila Don Julio toast at the Governors Ball certainly made the LGBTQ thespian proud of her heritage and of her stance on saying the word “gay” to the whole world in her heartfelt winner’s speech.

#18 Jessica Chastain, winner of the Actress in a Leading Role award for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ attends the Governors Ball 2022 Getty
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 27: Jessica Chastain, winner of the Actress in a Leading Role award for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ attends the Governors Ball during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) 

Jessica Chastain cannot hide her excitement as she goes through the now-traditional process of getting her Oscar statuette engraved with her name and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” on the golden placard that really made things official at the post-Oscars Governors Ball.

#19 Jane Campion and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the 2022 Netflix Oscar After Party
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 27: Jane Campion and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the 2022 Netflix Oscar After-Party at San Vicente Bungalows on March 27, 2022 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix) 

They may not have ridden off into the sunset with the Best Picture or Best Actor statues, but Oscar winner Jane Campion, who made history as only the third woman in 94 years to take home the Best Director Academy Award, and her “The Power of the Dog” leading man Benedict Cumberbatch (who lost to the man who is likely to be sanctioned by the Academy any day for his violent actions during the telecast) still had a grand ole time at the Netflix Oscar After Party on Sunday night.

#20 Cedric the Entertainer at the Griot Gala Oscars After Party 2022 photo by JC Olivera
Cedric the Entertainer hosts the Griot Gala Oscars After Party 2022 at Boa restaurant in West Hollywood. (Photo courtesy Griot Gala by JC Olivera)

The Griot Gala has hit its fourth anniversary as an on-the-circuit fixture of the post-Oscar party scene, especially at the moment when the fire marshal shut down entry to the party and left people lined up on the surprisingly chilly sidewalk. If you made it inside, you found Cedric the Entertainer hosting the honors for Phylicia Rashad, Cheech Marin and Renée Lawless.

#21 Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Getty
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 27: (L-R) Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) 

The always hot-ticket Vanity Fair Oscar Party welcomed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with their extended family to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, without a blink after his controversial actions at the Oscar ceremony. Seems that when you’re a winner in Hollywood, nothing can stop you. Other attendees included the gang from “The Lost Daughter” – Maggie Gyllenhaal and hubby Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Buckley and Olivia Colman; the “CODA” winning crowd, and many other of the night’s winners, losers and wannabees.

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