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- March 09, 2009
- Vol. 71
- No. 9
The Parties Toasts of the Town
Rivals Embraced, Couples Cuddled and Old Friends Caught Up as Oscar-Goers Headed to the Night's Hottest Celebrations
Departing from the Vanity Fair party as Kate Winslet was arriving, Meryl Streep couldn't resist playfully grabbing the statue from the first-time winner.
Winslet brought her dad, Roger, and enjoyed snapping photos of celebrities at the party.
Sean Penn won Best Actor, but no hard feelings from Mickey Rourke. "We have a relationship that goes back a long way," Penn told Oprah Winfrey.
"She's my date for the rest of this incarnation," Best Supporting Actor nominee Robert Downey Jr. told ABC of wife Susan.
VANITY FAIR PARTY
After a year's hiatus, the bash returned starrier than ever with a soiree at the historic Sunset Tower Hotel, where Oscar winners rubbed shoulders with A-listers like Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Aniston.
Parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale enjoyed a night away from the kids, while A-listers—including Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer—stopped by their table.
QUEEN OF THE PARTY
Benjamin Button's Taraji P. Henson was the life of the party, entertaining Alicia Keys, Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry.
After a long day, Milk's Josh Brolin and his wife, Diane Lane (both in Dolce & Gabbana), relaxed until late in the evening, chatting with pals and kicking back.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon stayed low-key all night. Witherspoon's ex Ryan Phillippe also attended, bringing girlfriend Abbie Cornish.
BONDING TIME FOR DANIEL AND JERRY
Keeping an eye on the monitors during the Oscar telecast, Daniel Craig and girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell grabbed a drink with Jerry Seinfeld.
Best Supporting Actress Penélope Cruz received plenty of support from her family and friends, who wore the letter "P" on their foreheads.
Funny ladies Tina Fey (in Zac Posen) and Christina Applegate (in J. Mendel) shared a few laughs.
AT THE VANITY FAIR PARTY
The snuggly couple chatted with Nicole Kidman and Aniston's He's Just Not That Into You costar Justin Long at the magazine's bash.
JOHN & JEN'S COZY OSCAR WEEKEND
"This is the first time I've walked a red carpet with somebody," John Mayer told The Oprah Winfrey Show as he and Jennifer Aniston officially took their relationship to a new level. On Friday they partied with his pals at a bowling alley, then went back to Aniston's home, where she hosted a cocktail party the next night. At the Oscars the couple sat 12 seats away from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie—their paths never crossed—then hit the Vanity Fair bash hand in hand. How did Aniston feel with Mayer on her arm? She told Oprah, "Very happy."
MAYER ON LOOKS AND LOVE
The singer shared his thoughts—both funny and romantic—via twitter.com.
Sunday, 12:42 a.m. PST: Just saw my Oscar tux.... My God, is it gorgeous. Wrangler designed it just for me. It smells like pretzels and fruit punch.
Sunday, 4:33 p.m. PST: I'm not going to lie to you, I look good. But don't get used to it, because I can't stand perfection.
Monday, 2:34 a.m. PST: Soulful celebrities that know how to feed a heart and not steal—Short, Long, Berry, Kidman/Urban, Black, Rossdale/Stefani, and of course JA.
Fresh off his send-up of Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars, a clean-shaven Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor met up with Rashida Jones.
ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION
Having raised more than $24 million for AIDS research over the last 17 years, John's Pacific Design Center bash attracted stars from Slash to Kiefer Sutherland.
Sharon Stone, in Dior, supported pal John, who still gets the jitters. "I had a massage this morning to make things a little less stressful," he said.
Eva Longoria Parker rocked a Roxborough & Stohler tux while Carrie Underwood went glam in Georges Chakra."There's bling all over this baby," said Underwood.
High School Musical sweethearts Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens paused for a quiet moment together. "I can't believe I'm here," said Hudgens. "Just looking around is blowing my mind."
Upstairs from the Kodak at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom, chef Wolfgang Puck served chow to Anne Hathaway, Sean Penn and Heath Ledger's family.
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