Hollywood — When Meryl Streep arrived at the Governors Ball, she was greeted by Wolfgang Puck, and scurrying beside them was a press person yelling to guests, “Cell phones away, please!”Apparently, the customs of 21st century technology are new to that guy. When James Earl Jones introduced “the iconic” Tony Bennett, who sang a few songs, guests rushed to the foot of the stage to capture the perf via cell phone. Streep went to the Engraving Room, where a team screwed metal nameplates onto the base of winners’ trophies. She sat with Octavia Spencer, Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo while people swarmed around them and dozens of photographers snapped away, until Streep finally said, “OK, that’s it, fellas.” At the same time, Jean Dujardin was unnoticed by many partygoers as he sat with three young women, the Oscar between his feet as he contentedly ate sushi. At Vanity Fair’s fete, Catherine O’Hara exploded with delight at meeting Katy Perry. In honor of the football star in attendance, Jonah Hill attempted his best Tim Tebow pose. Though the traditional In-N-Out burgers made the rounds at the Sunset Tower, Liam Hemsworth opted for a chili aioli slider. But his date Miley Cyrus declined, noting, “I’ve already had one too many.” The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar-viewing party made its new home in a tent in West Hollywood Park, where a silent auction drew Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani, Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and Heidi Klum, who bid on such items as a tennis lesson with Rafael Nadal (it sold for $190,000, twice), an in-home cooking class with chef Cat Cora (sold for $100,000 to Steve Tisch) and a set visit to “Vampire Diaries,” plus lunch with John and David Furnish ($80,000). Timothy M. Gray and Kirstin Wilder contributed to this report.
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