Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 VANITY FAIR Oscar Party

Anne Hathaway welcomes Jared Leto to the club.
Sunday night in Hollywood was Oscar time, as the world knows. And if you don’t know all about it by now, you probably weren’t that interested in the first place. The Oscars, for the television watching public is about The Oscars, not so much about the work. It has always been thus since television got into the act about sixty years ago. Movie stars, shiny cars; that’s what you get to see and thrill to, or make commentaries about while you’re watching it with your friends. It’s a party.

But the night, Oscar night, in Hollywood is a different matter. One of the most interesting aspects of it is the after-parties. There were always after-parties in the history of the Academy’s big night. But back in the 1960s or thereabouts, Irving “Swifty” Lazar, the agent, staged one that was for the books.
The stars gather at Spago's. (At left, Lazar.)
More stars than there are in Heaven, was the MGM motto and Swifty took it to heart. That was his Oscar party. First held at the Bistro (no longer extant) in Beverly Hills, and then up on Sunset at the first Spago which was then brand new and the hottest coolest place in town. It was one of the most coveted invitations on both Coasts, and even across the seas.

Madonna and Michael Jackson en route to Irving "Swifty" Lazar's Annual Oscar Party.
Swifty brought out the stars – the ones he wanted, that is. Along with his “friends,” a social school of the biggest fish from New York, Paris, and even L.A. For years, this was the after-party to long for. It was small (the restaurant was not large), and also Irving was a most refined snob when it came to the elbows he would rub with. And so it stayed until ... he died.

The end of an era, yes, but the beginning of a new one, a bigger, flashier, grander, more fabulous after-party was inaugurated by Graydon Carter, the peripatetic editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. It first took place at Morton’s restaurant in West Hollywood. Carter who has an eye and a sense for “stars” brought out the crème de la crème, old and new and  the Swifty’s crowd (maybe). It was an instant hit and never compared to the Lazar party. Because it was beyond compare. This party is so big that guests (well, not the most VIP) are invited in shifts. Really. And they go ... and wait ... because it’s worth it.

Graydon Carter brought out all the stars. He stuck his little toes into the bubbling brook of movieland and liked the feel of it. I wouldn’t doubt he thought more than once, of giving up his entire publishing career for the adventures of the Big Screen. He even produced some very successful docu-films. But he knows better. Hollywood’s a place where you’re walking around on smoke. I loved ya honey, but the show closed.
The Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 1992.
All of which you already know probably. Last Sunday’s New York Times had a long piece, fascinating, about Graydon Carter’s long strange trip to Hollywood via the Vanity Fair Oscar party, and what it’s turned in to. An even bigger party, that’s what. This year, as it has been before, Patrick McMullan, the ubiquitous social/party photographer from Noo Yawk, was there with his associates, all–camera-ed up, and he got them all for you to see. At least enough of them that by the time you finish looking at these pictures, you’ll have had your fill of Oscar night. And it’s fun. It just is. That’s what Graydon Carter wrought for once and for all, for the Big Night In Lalaland.
Annie Leibovitz
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt
Greta Gerwig
Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres
Tom Ford
Les Moonves and Julie Chen
Adam Scott
Patricia Clarkson
Anna Scott Carter and Graydon Carter
Paul Rudd
Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka
Carole Bayer Sager and Robert A. Daly
Fran Lebowitz
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
Diane von Furstenberg
Marshall Rose and Candice Bergen
Jerry Jones and Gene Jones
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
Emma Heming and Bruce Willis
Brian Grazer and Veronica Smiley
Liberty Ross
Brett Ratner
Susie Elkins and Jerry Weintraub
Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg
David Benioff and Amanda Peet
Tom Sturridge and Sienna Miller
Eve Hewson
Simone Johnson and LL Cool J
Sofia Vergara
Minnie Driver
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
Diane Kruger
Allison Williams
Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg
Isla Fisher
Rupert Murdoch and Juliet de Baubigny
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Mickey Rooney
Evan Rachel Wood
Naomi Watts
T-Bone Burnett and Callie Khouri
Nancy Davis and Barbara Davis
Jane Buffett and Jimmy Buffett
Gabrielle Union
Carey Lowell
Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer
Crystal Renn
Carolina Herrera
Amy Poehler
Rachel Lauder, William Lauder, and Danielle Lauder
Doutzen Kroes
Stevie Nicks
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Brian Grazer and Jimmy Iovine
Keltie Knight
Lynn Wyatt
Kayte Walsh and Kelsey Grammer
Jackie Collins
Adrian Brody
Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin
Tyler Perry
Orlando Bloom
Penny Marshall
Miranda Kerr
Olivia Munn and Jane Fonda
Will Arnett
Larry David
Elizabeth Banks
Naomie Harris
Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro
Serena Williams
Sheryl Crow
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Emma Roberts
Mamie Gummer
Reese Witherspoon
Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo
Emilia Clarke
Ryan Seacrest
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Zooey Deschanel
Ellie Kemper
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller
Kerry Washington
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Martin Short
Bo Derek and John Corbett
Penelope Cruz
Molly Sims
Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga
Mikaela Shiffrin and Maddie Bowman
Christina Hendricks
Paula Patton
Kate Beckinsale
David O. Russell and Spike Jonze
Scott Eastwood
Kristen Bell
Kate Hudson
Bette Midler
Anna Kendrick
Jessica Biel
Nicole Murphy and Michael Strahan
Luke Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, and Chris Hemsworth
Rashida Jones
Heidi Klum
Michelle Alves
Ali Hewson, Bono, The Edge, Morleigh Steinberg, Adam Clayton, and Mariana De Carvalho
Lily Aldridge
Taylor Swift
Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee
Jeremy Renner
Kristin Chenoweth
Chanel Iman
Jennifer Lawrence
Bill Murray and Selena Gomez
Glenn Close, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Garner
Jaime King
Erin Wasson
Jonah Hill
Morgan Neville, Janet Friesen, and Caitrin Rogers
Kelly Preston and John Travolta
Robin Mathews
Lupita Nyong'o
Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto
Jared Leto
Sheherazade Goldsmith and Alfonso Cuaron
Samuel Jackson
Amy Adams
Zoe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet
Maria Bello
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman
Doutzen Kroes
Allison Williams
Petra Nemcova
Kim Magnusson and Anders Walter

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com