You’ve done your award campaigning. You’ve answered your last question. You’ve shoehorned your feet into your last pair of strappy Manolos. So where do the showbiz elite go to recover?
At 3 a.m. Oscar night, Hilary Swank was famously photographed chowing down on an Astro veggie cheeseburger at the West Hollywood fast-food joint, golden statuette in tow.
Swank was not the only Oscar winner to use her trophy as a mealtime accessory. Both the restaurant and poolside at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills included Oscars as table decor the next day.
But it was a short respite for Swank and Jamie Foxx, as they were right back at the Kodak on Monday for postgame interviews with Oprah Winfrey. Foxx then jumped into “Jarhead,” followed by “Miami Vice” with no break.
However, perennially employed Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) opted out for more than a month to sail the Caribbean on his boat.
Back in Miramax’s “Shakespeare in Love” days, Harvey Weinstein gifted the film’s Oscar nominees with a trip for two anywhere in the world.
Although Clint Eastwood co-owns Carmel’s Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay resorts, he spent his post-Oscar downtime with his wife at the La Quinta Resort & Club, close to Palm Springs. The resort, known for its private, walled casitas, has a long history of entertaining the film world’s elite. Frank Capra penned “It’s a Wonderful Life” here during an extended stay. His typewriter remains in his favorite suite.
“Maria Full of Grace’s” Catalina Sandino Moreno also sought out Palm Springs’ relaxing vibe, post-Oscar. But first, she took her mom to Universal Studios.
After her stint as kudocast producer, Laura Ziskin kicked back at Cabo San Lucas’ stylish Esperanza resort. Show director Gil Cates recovered at his home in Ojai, Calif., before returning to his desk as producing director of the Geffen Playhouse.
Docu helmer Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) celebrated his nod to the hilt.
His Oscar week whirlwind consisted of visits to many corporate swag houses, an E! Channel makeover for his fiancee and an invite to the Vanity Fair party. In severe contrast, the day after the glitzathon, both were at work for minimum wage in Columbus, Ohio, taping the first episode of FX’s “30 Days,” Spurlock’s docu series.
A vacation would seem like a necessity after months spent on the publicity and event trail, but many a contender is eager to return immediately to work.
As editor Paul Rubell, a nominee for “Collateral,” explains, “It was actually a relief to be able to walk into a quiet room, close the door, turn down the lights, take the phone off the hook and lose myself in the telling of a new story.”