The 91st Oscar week might have kicked-off in the pouring rain and a rare freezing chill that brought hail to Malibu, but that didn’t dampen the stars spirits as they headed out for the best pre-parties of the week, lunches, beauty bashes and gifting suites.
While Global Green held an award show kick-off at the Four Season Doheny on Wednesday evening honoring environmental activists in the industry, the very next night Chateau Marmont held their annual cocktail soiree sponsored by Cadillac – who will also be whisking the stars off to the Oscars on Sunday. Top celebrities were chauffeured in Cadillac CT6 sedans and Escalades to the iconic hotel where Allison Janney, Zoe Saldana, Tiffany Haddish, Liev Schreiber, Hilary Swank, John Stamos, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Paré, Ben Hardy, Kyle MacLachlan, Nikki Reed, Aisha Tyler and Colton Haynes – among others, toasted the nominees.
Highlights included last year’s Oscar winner Allison Janney in a red Galvan jumpsuit and shimmering Judith Lieberman clutch who gushed about Roma being her favorite film and “best friend” Melissa McCarthy’s performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
White was the hot color of the night with Hilary Swank in a short Emilia Wickstead dress while Tiffany Haddish rocked a white Michael Kors pantsuit as pictured above.
Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber shared that he will be watching the Oscars at home with his kids but Hilary Swank reminded guests attending the Academy Awards to have fun, remember to breathe and to eat before they go. Most likely, so you don’t end up at Astro burger clutching your statue after as Swank did when she won for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby in 2005.
L.A. philanthropists Christine and Dr. Gabriel Chiu along with director David O. Russell and producer Colleen Camp celebrated the incredible work of Spike Lee at a special Oscars Week luncheon for Ghetto Film School – the award-winning New York and Los Angeles-based nonprofit with the mission of educating, developing and celebrating the next generation of great American storytellers.
Held at Tesse Restaurant in West Hollywood, the event served to recognize Spike Lee’s many incredible achievements, including his first-ever Academy Award nomination for Best Director this year for BlacKkKlansman, as well as the launch of Ghetto Film School’s new Chiu Scholars Fund for young artists. Made possible by the generous support of the Chiu Family, the fund will ensure that 100% of annual costs will be covered for every newly admitted Ghetto Film School Los Angeles student. As guests – that included Connie Britton, Eli Roth, Topher Grace, Jack Huston, Rosanna Arquette, Pam Grier, Frances Fisher, Ed Begley, Jr., Thora Birch, Michael Mann, Jason Blum, and Thomas Schlamme sat down to seats adorned with gifts of Lee’s signature glasses and beret – Lee remarked on the hail falling that day in Los Angeles and how it might be a good omen for his chances at Sunday’s Academy Awards. “And Monday, I’m off to Thailand to do my next film. On to the next!”