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Taking Names: Oscar after-parties celebrate Hollywood
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Oscar after-parties celebrate Hollywood
While a nearly silent, black-and-white throwback film to old Hollywood won best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday, after-parties around town celebrated present-day Hollywood with explosions of color, conversation, pounding music and pure glee.
At Vanity Fair's always compact, A-list soiree at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel, one of several parties after the 84th annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center, starlets and Oscar nominees and winners chatted, ate, roared with laughter and giggled with one another, the Associated Press reports.
Jonah Hill, nominated for a best supporting actor award for best picture nominee "Moneyball," smiled and shouted out a sassy expletive decrying his and the film's loss, surrounded by a pack of friends, including Seth Rogen.
Mr. Rogen, who hosted Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, also laughed and drank with fellow funny guy Jason Segel, star of "The Muppets" movie, and comic-musician Bret McKenzie, who pumped his Oscar for best original song, for "The Muppets," into the air.
"I think there was a list of people I had to apologize to," Mr. Rogen said to Mr. Hill about his pointed barbs at the Spirit Awards aimed at a number of people, including director Brett Ratner, who dropped out of producing this year's Oscars after making a slur about gays.
In one corner booth tucked to the side of the party's outdoor patio, Gwyneth Paltrow held court with her Coldplay husband, Chris Martin, and silver screen veteran Jane Fonda while talking with Cameron Diaz.
Other attendees included Steve Martin, Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Tina Fey, best actress Oscar nominee Rooney Mara and best actor Oscar nominee Demian Bichir.
Just south of that bash, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing dinner and after-party, actors and musicians co-mingled for an especially vibrant, grand fete for the event's 20th anniversary.
More than 80 tables decorated with gray, blue and white cloths filled the massive blue-and-white tented dinner ballroom. Celebrities walked down a pristine white carpet into multiple tents serving cocktails, wine and upscale carbonated juice drinks.
Only 14 months old, Sir Elton John's son, Zachary, made a brief appearance during a cocktail hour just before the dinner, as Mr. John and his civil partner, David Furnish, took turns showing him off to well-wishers.
Guests including Neil Patrick Harris, a blue-bobbed Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Paquin and her husband, Stephen Moyer, John Waters, Kim Kardashian and her pregnant sister, Kourtney, feasted on a five-course meal that included sauteed sea bass with pepper saffron sauce, beef tenderloin with leek bread pudding and apple-pear tart for dessert.
"Tonight we've raised more money at this event than we ever have before," Mr. John told the crowd after a feisty post-dinner auction that netted $5.25 million for the foundation's fight against HIV and AIDS.
The Governors Ball, the Academy Awards' official after-party, at the Hollywood & Highland Center, was retooled this year from a formal sit-down affair to a cocktail bash, which served the guests just fine. Viola Davis sat with Octavia Spencer - and Miss Spencer's best supporting actress Oscar - for nibbles and drinks while best actress nominee Michelle Williams and pal Busy Phillips roamed the venue hand in hand.
Honorary Oscar winner James Earl Jones presented the event's headlining performer, Tony Bennett, who he called "an American classic" and "Frank Sinatra's favorite singer."
Actress Sean Young arrested at Oscars Governor's Ball
Actress Sean Young was arrested after a scuffle with a security guard at the official post-Oscars party, police said Monday.
According to the Associated Press, Miss Young, 52, was placed under citizen's arrest at the Governor's Ball at 9:25 p.m. Sunday after the dispute, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.
"She was trying to get into the party and couldn't get in," he said.
Miss Young, who starred in "Blade Runner" and "Stripes," was booked at the Hollywood police station for investigation of misdemeanor battery. She posted $20,000 bail and was released early Monday.
Miss Young tried to crash the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2006. She entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse in 2008 after she was removed from the Directors Guild of America awards.
Adam Sandler sets record with 11 Razzie nominations
Actor Adam Sandler set a record for cinematic stinker nominations Saturday, as organizers of the Razzie awards unveiled their 32nd annual movie shortlists of shame.
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation nominees for worst films and performances, announced a day ahead of the Oscars, included no fewer than 11 for Mr. Sandler, more than double the previous record by Eddie Murphy in 2005.
According to Agence France-Presse, Mr. Sandler amassed the 11 Razzie nods as actor, writer and/or producer of three critically panned movies released by his Happy Madison Productions, "Jack & Jill," "Bucky Larson" and "Just Go With It," organizers said.
The cross-dressing comedy "Jack & Jill" leads the pack for worst picture with 12 nominations overall, including both worst actor and actress for Mr. Sandler and a third Razzie nod for Oscar winner Al Pacino, who plays himself in the movie.
Winners of the Razzies will be announced April 1.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
By Michael P. Orsi
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