Miramax got shut down. Vanity Fair got stuck up. And Sony was just happy to be in the game.
Hollywood got wild and woolly with post-Oscar mania Monday night as industry parties at Eclipse, Morton’s, Ma-ple Drive and the Mondrian Sky Bar were jammed with black ties and pricey gowns.
Miramax, high off its nine-Oscar victory with “The English Patient” — including best picture — drew an operat-ing room full of star-studded patients to the Mondrian, including cast members Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, director Anthony Minghella and producer Saul Zaentz.
More than 1,000 partygoers squeezed into the Mondrian, ultimately causing the L.A. County Fire Dept. to tempo-rarily close down the bash. The sidewalk in front of the hotel was barricaded to stem crowds of wannabe partygoers and doors were sealed to newcomers. Word quickly spread to other parties that Miramax had been closed down.
Others lucky enough to penetrate the Sky Bar penitentiary included Al Pacino, Jay Leno, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Billy Bob Thornton, Quentin Tarantino, Mira Sorvino, Sean Penn, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Claire Danes, Michael Eisner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Bill Maher, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Dorff.
The party was capped with a helicopter fly-by with a digital congrats to Miramax on its win. The stunt reeked of Harvey Weinstein self-congratulating influence, but Miramax denied as much.
At Eclipse, Sony Pictures Entertainment eagerly feted its victory for Cuba Gooding Jr. in the supporting actor cate-gory. Nominations for “Jerry Maguire,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and “Fly Away Home” were heavily exploited to tell the industry the studio was back flying high under its new management, all of whom were in attendance. Prexy and chief operating officer John Calley, worldwide marketing chief Bob Levin, distribution topper Jeff Blake, Columbia Pictures prez Amy Pascal, TriStar prexy Bob Cooper and Columbia presi-dent of production Barry Josephson showed.
Cameron Crowe, Lauren Bacall, Dennis Rodman, Larry Flynt, Woody Harrelson, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kenneth Branagh, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, Viveca Fox, Jerry O’Connell, Barry Sonnenfeld, James L. Brooks, Tom Arnold, Leno and Gov. Pete Wilson let Sony show them the food and drink line.
Vanity Fair hosted its biggest, and haughtiest, party of the past few years. The annual fete at Morton’s seemed to be the most controlled invite in town, and the magazine turned away a number of partygoers who hoped to segue there from the Sony soiree.
The throng of Oscar attendees, mainly thesps, joined the approximately 150 people gathered at the boite for a viewing dinner. Billy Crystal made a 2 a.m. entrance with his daughter Jennifer in tow. Other celebs included Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Bill Mahar, Jerry Bruckheimer, James Caan, Sidney Poitier, Minnie Driver, Ving Rhames, Muhammad Ali, Kenneth Branagh, Carrie Fisher, Courtney Love, Debi Mazar, Ian McKellan, Dominic Dunne, Fran Lebowitz, Jan Sardi, Scott Hicks, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.
At Maple Drive, Elton John threw his annual AIDS charity event, this time to also celebrate his 50th birthday. Fine Line Features piggybacked its “Shine” party, but things ended early. Said one Maple Driver who later was spotted at the Vanity Fair fete: “It got dull pretty fast.”