FROM THE 71ST ACADEMY AWARDS
HBO NYC’s Colin Callender, attending Entertainment Weekly’s fifth annual Oscar bash at Elaine’s, captured the tone of this year’s Oscars as a showdown between Hollywood’s older generation exemplified by Meryl Streep, and its young turks, represented by thesps such as Gwyneth Paltrow.
And throughout Gotham, guest lists represented that fragmentation as the city’s film, media and legit communities braved cold winds and rain to celebrate the kudocast.
Celeste Holm, Patricia Neal, Ben Gazzara, Arlene Dahl and Sylvia Miles were among those attending the Gotham Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences party at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where Elia Kazan and the blacklist was a subject of conversation.
“I can sympathize with the protesters, and I, too, suffered through that time,” said Miles, nominated for best supporting actress for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell My Lovely.” “But that doesn’t take away from what he (Kazan) has achieved as a director.”
Meanwhile, in Steve Talkowski’s apartment on Avenue B and Second Street in lower Manhattan, employees of Westchester County’s f/x house Blue Sky/VIFX erupted when “Bunny,” from Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge, took home the statue for animated short.
Uptown, Elaine’s was host to Robert Altman, Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Matt Lauer, Time Warner editor in chief Norman Pearlstine and his wife author Nancy Friday and “Rounders” scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
At the club Ohm on 22nd Street, the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival hosted an Oscar party where Steven Van Zandt of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” Richard Kind of “Spin City” and performance artist Spalding Gray watched the Oscarcast. The announcement that “Life Is Beautiful” won the Academy Award for best foreign film prompted a standing ovation. Whoopi Goldberg’s Queen Elizabeth opening was also lauded, especially by the drag queens serving Absolut shots.