Pre-Oscar bash wraps up $6 million
Some 700 industry power players joined the pool party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday night as $6.1 million was raised for the Motion Picture & Television Fund at the Night Before party.For the fourth time, the hotel covered over its pool area for the pre-Academy Awards fete, which drew everyone from Amy Adams to Xzibit. A pumped-up Jamie Foxx spent much of the evening with a wireless microphone roaming the fete while announcing who was coming and going and who was jamming the dance floor. All five nominated directors attended: Ang Lee, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Bennett Miller and Paul Haggis; as did Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Ohoven, Grant Heslov, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Felicity Huffman, Matt Dillon and William Hurt. The crowd included host Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Russell Crowe, Josh Duhamel, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson, Hilary Swank, Mike Myers, Tom Arnold, Ludacris, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Mischa Barton, Adrien Brody, Oliver Stone, David Spade, Jack Black, Tom Selleck, William Shatner, David Schwimmer, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Elton John, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Ellen Pompeo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Chiklis, Marg Helgenberger with Alan Rosenberg, David Duchovny with Tea Leoni and Sienna Miller (who got a little too close to the Target dog and ended up with white paint on her face; both were quickly tended to by makeup artists). And from the exec ranks, Rupert Murdoch, Philip Anschutz, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Grey, Tom Rothman, Dick Cook, Bob Iger, Tom Sherak, Steven Bochco, Jim Gianopulos, Frank Mancuso, Ron Meyer, Tom Freston with Jimmy Buffett, Alan Horn, Steve Tisch, Rick Nicita, Paula Wagner and Bob Shaye (who refused photos, declaring, “It steals one’s soul”). Perennial Night Before sponsors Variety, Hewlett-Packard, AOL and Target again lent support, joined by first-time sponsors McDonald’s, L’Oreal Paris and Lexus. Variety brought chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his crew, who had a demonstration kitchen inside the party. Two high-end items were given away: a 2007 Lexus GS 450h hybrid and a Hewlett-Packard 58-inch high-def TV. Target offered its Thomas O’Brien line of dishware and glasses; AOL gave out a DVD box set of the Live 8 concert from last summer; L’Oreal Paris gift bags had makeup and skin care products; McDonald’s distributed vintage T-shirts and $50 gift cards (that’s a whole lot of fries). For more pics from the Night Before party, click here.