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Pre-BAFTA bash benefits charity Facing the World

LONDON — Much of the chatter at Variety and United Intl. Pictures’ annual charity bash on Feb. 11 was of government tax clampdowns. But with so many Oscar contenders circling the room, the mood remained positively upbeat.

The event, tagged the London Party, is a pre-BAFTA shindig that benefits children’s charity Facing the World; it took place at the Wallace Collection at Hertford House. Cate Blanchett was lauded by party sponsors Moussaieff Steinmetz for contribution to cinema, with a blinding diamond necklace.

Thesp Sienna Miller was also handed jewels, for Steinmetz’s breakthrough nod.

Natasha McElhone, spokeswoman for Facing the World, spoke on behalf of the org, which operates on Third World children with severe facial deformities. On hand to shore up the cause, and party before BAFTA, were Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry.

Among those, discussing Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown’s likely next move were BAFTA chair Duncan Kenworthy, UIP’s Stewart Till and Entertainment Media Ventures topper Sandy Climan.

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