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Bash stokes frenzy

Woods, Bello, and other hopefuls making the rounds

At V Life’s Contenders party at the Beverly Hills Hermes store Jan. 12,you could admire silk ties, leather saddles, expensive glasses, handbags and a long list of hope-to-be-nommed talent, but God forbid you ask for a glass of red wine — remember the white carpets!

Clear liquids, however, were flowing and the small space combined with an overflow crowd of Oscar hopefuls made for an intimate gathering where you literally couldn’t move five feet in any direction without bumping into a one of this year’s buzzworthy. Peter Dinklage was the man of the evening, constantly surrounded by admirers; “Shattered Glass” director Billy Ray and Paula Wagner were among those vying for the attentions of the “Station Agent” thesp.

Some other minglers included Anthony Minghella, Gary Ross, Mark Ruffalo, Evan Rachel Wood, Maria Bello, Sarah and Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou, Bobby Cannavale and Jenna Boyd.

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