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Oscar on the town

Heavyweight parties entertain industry heavyweights

HOLLYWOOD — Few are the A-listers; many are the models. This is the lesson of Oscar night 2005.

There were a flock of new events on Oscar night, but the lion’s share of industry heavyweights went, as usual, to the big three: Governors Ball, Vanity Fair and Elton John.

The new events attracted some stars, but their guest lists were packed with possibly the highest concentration of attractive young models ever assembled in one city. Calvin Klein could have cast a year’s worth of ads from any one event. However, Molly Sims, Elle Macpherson and Heidi Klum made the grade for Vanity Fair.

For 1,700 in the kudocast aud, the first stop on Oscar night was the Governors Ball in Hollywood & Highland’s Grand Ballroom.

Among the first to arrive was the team behind “The Aviator,” but without helmer Martin Scorsese, who went straight to Vanity Fair.

The “Aviator” crowd warmed up as the evening progressed, but there was no doubt over their disappointment.

The ball went strong until around 10:30 p.m., which was just about when Clint Eastwood was arriving after a long string of post-show interviews. The “Million Dollar Baby” helmer stayed until the band was packing to leave.

For many, the second stop was the Vanity Fair party at Morton’s. Rupert Murdoch, Samuel Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank helped keep the scene humming until 2 a.m.

Just down the street, the Elton John AIDS Foundation filled a tent at the Pacific Design Center with the likes of Sean Combs, Elizabeth Taylor and John Waters. Centerpiece event was a perf by Scissor Sisters, with Sir Elton sitting in.

Smaller events included Esquire magazine’s viewing party at the Abbey and Premiere and Ted Field‘s affair at the producer’s home.

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