James Blunt's Oscar-Worthy Birthday
Shortly after the singer and girlfriend Petra Nemcova arrived at the mansion in West Hollywood around midnight, the music stopped and the room broke into an off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday" as a large cake was brought out. A delighted-looking Blunt blew out the candles and planted a kiss on Nemcova.
The couple had just missed crossing paths with Best Actress nominee Helen Mirren, who'd had dinner there with her husband, Ray director Taylor Hackford and 10 friends.
Also in the club's dining area: David Arquette, who nearly crashed into a plate-carrying waiter before apologizing profusely and making his way back to his table to join wife Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston.
Five minutes before Blunt and Nemcova got to Soho House, Best Actress nominee Penelope Cruz arrived and headed to the game room, where she sipped champagne and checked her Blackberry while Olivier Martinez and Valeria Golino played a heated but friendly game of pool.
At midnight, Cruz's are-they-or-aren't they sweetie, Orlando Bloom, entered the room and made a beeline for her. (They parted ways after a warm, if brief, greeting, however.)
Next to arrive were two more Oscar nominees: Blood Diamond costars Leonardo DiCaprio, who talked with Bloom before heading to a window for a smoke with pal Kevin Connolly, and Djimon Hounsou, who was chatted up by a Swiss model.
Also spotted at Soho House Thursday night: Superman Returns director Bryan Singer, Kyle MacLachlan, Courtney Love – who pushed through the crowd with what one partygoer called "rock-star energy" – Rose McGowan, Rebecca De Mornay, Mischa Barton, Ioan Gruffudd, Bai Ling, Nemcova pal Russell Simmons, who gave Blunt a long happy-birthday hug, and Vincent Gallo, who wound down the evening playing pool with Nemcova and the birthday boy.