- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2006

Oscar revelry

Diamond-drenched Oscar winners, hip-hop artists, Olympic athletes, fashion designers — it was a melting pot of revelry at the Oscar after-parties.

At midnight, a grinning Reese Witherspoon arrived at Vanity Fair’s annual bash at Morton’s with two men — her best-actress Oscar and husband Ryan Phillippe.

A few minutes later, last year’s best-actor winner, Jamie Foxx, turned up and began talking to reporters as this year’s winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, zipped past him to leave.

On his way in, Oscar host Jon Stewart narrowly missed colliding with Madonna, who was dressed in a slinky pink dress, as she was striding out with her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie.

Inside the party — the guest list reportedly was cut by 500 this year — Miss Witherspoon and Mr. Phillippe became engrossed in conversation with lifetime-achievement-award recipient Robert Altman, who towered above the two.

Heath Ledger spotted rapper Eve and grabbed her hand to chat.

In another corner of the room, Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, were greeted by a steady stream of admirers, including Heidi Klum and her husband, Seal.

“You look fabulous,” designer Zac Posen told Miss Lopez, dressed in regal green, after introducing himself. “And you smell great, too.”

On the other side of the party, Mary J. Blige and designer Kimora Lee Simmons sat on a couch laughing and scouting out the crowd while Mrs. Simmons’ husband, Russell Simmons, chatted with rapper and “Crash” actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

Hilary Swank showed up without husband Chad Lowe — the couple are newly separated — but another couple seemed to be on the mend as Nicole Ritchie held hands with ex-fiance Adam Goldstein.

By 1 a.m., seeing hip-hop trio Three 6 Mafia show off their original-song Oscar and the diamond and gold “grills” on their teeth seemed normal on this night of surprise wins and unexpected couplings.

Just down the street, Sir Elton John’s Oscar party at the Pacific Design Center was lavish but competed for attendees with newcomer Us Weekly and Rolling Stone’s joint Oscar Rocks shindig at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant.

Guests included Prince, Tori Spelling, Elisha Cuthbert and Olympic medalists Apolo Anton Ohno, Sasha Cohen and Shaun “The Flying Tomato” White.

As Vanity Fair’s party went on past 1:30 a.m. yesterday, both bashes at the Pacific Design Center dwindled into nothingness.

“The city told Elton John’s party to close down at 1 a.m.,” sheriff’s Sgt.Timothy Louis told Associated Press. “Hey, this is Hollywood. I let it go until 4 a.m.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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