The Weinstein Co. is known for its British projects (like this year’s best picture nominee “Philomena”) but its night-before-the-Oscars party at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills seemed to be channeling “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
The upstairs floor of Saturday’s party was packed with VIPS like Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, while the first-floor was decidedly less fabulous with all the the non-famous guests. A staircase, guarded by four bodyguards, separated these two worlds.
The upstairs gathering started with a seated dinner and there was a special performance by Gary Barlow and other musicians performing several numbers from the new musical “Finding Neverland” with Jason Alexander narrating. The show, based on the 2004 movie released by the Weinsteins, is headed for Broadway next year.
By around 11 p.m., a huge crowd of actors, agents and buyers had gathered at the staircase, as they attempted to elbow their way into the VIP section.
Sony Classics also held their exclusive pre-Oscars dinner Saturday at STK, with nominees Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy attending. SPC toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard also paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman in remarks.
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(Pictured: Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift and Jaimie King at the Weinstein pre-Oscar party)