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30 Minutes Fly By Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Arguably the most well-attended and sought-after Oscar party belongs to Conde Nast’s Vanity Fair. Gaining admittance suggests both clout and perseverance. I was granted 30 minutes to take a look around the most powerful room in Hollywood. No notebook, tape recorder or interviews. I was provided a window placard for my car which declared the time of my admittance, I was issued a badge-like plastic contraption that included my name, which was announced – equal parts social graces and security measures – during the approach to party’s new location at 8680 Sunset Blvd.  

11:15 p.m. The line of black SUV’s snaking east on Sunset Boulevard were filled with starlets and producers, some clasping golden statues, others looking to drown their sorrows.

11:17 p.m. Out of the car and into the party, I trailed Harvey Weinstein and his wife, Georgina Chapman in an ivory dress of her own design. I skirted the photographers rolling a handful of lines deep. Entry to the party took three PR girls.

11:18 p.m. Amy Adams was all smiles despite her loss to Cate Blanchett for leading actress. The “American Hustle” star changed into a floor-length, white, one-shouldered frock, and posed for the ever-present cameras.

11:20 p.m. Walking toward the bar, owner and CEO of Via Luxe Intl., Marjorie Gubelmann, was rubbing elbows with Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga, known gal pals.

11:22 p.m. Glass of champagne in hand, I overheard Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen talking on the patio about Ed Norton, who popped up moments later in the main hall. Norton compared pics with Channing Tatum, who was with his pint-sized wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

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11:24 p.m. Anjelica Huston is poised to leave and on the phone outside on the deck with a person who, best guess, is her driver.

 11:26 p.m. Just next to the Tatums, photographer Terry Richardson, who has come under scrutiny recently for some alleged questionable behavior on his sets.

11:30 p.m. A pregnant Olivia Wilde and partner Jason Sudeikis were chatting it up with Conan O’Brien just below the steps up to the annex, where the earlier viewing party and dinner was held.

11:32 p.m. Inside the tent, Chris Hemsworth, still looking dapper in his purple tux, was air kissing several models who towered over him, an impressive feat considering Hemsworth is 6’3”.

11:35 p.m. Alexander Payne spotted, but buried deep in a circle of bespectacled men.

11:38 p.m. “Captain Phillips” producer Michael De Luca and his wife, Angelique Madrid, climb into the Vanity Fair photo booth.

11:40 p.m. In an attempt to cross the room, I tripped – but recovered – over Sofia Vergara’s white mermaid-tailed dress.

11:42 p.m. Affleck reunites with his wife Jennifer Garner, whom he greets with “gimme some sugar.” She does.

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11:44 p.m. Ireland Baldwin is towering above most everyone in the room. Her plunging neckline dress leaves her date a curious vantage point, as he’s at least a head shorter than she.

11:46 p.m. The fire marshal, looking dapper, is sipping scotch with his posse.

11:48 p.m. Allison Williams of “Girls” is one of the few women in red. Jennifer Lawrence has not yet arrived and the room is a sea of white, black and sparkles.

11:49 p.m. A half hour flies in the most powerful room in Hollywood. I am gently escorted to the hallway leading to the restrooms and the exit.

11:51 p.m. Down the tunnel and outside I am greeted with the In-N-Out Burger truck (sadly I was not hungry) and a coffee and doughnut truck. A steamed milk request is frowned upon, so I opt for a latte, an admittedly poor decision.

11:54 p.m. Shoes in hand, burger in mouth, Mindy Kaling is greeted by T Bone Burnett, whose company includes U2. Bono yells “losers over here.” Kaling shrinks back into the black railing.

11:59 p.m. Kristin Chenoweth and boyfriend, producer Dana Brunetti share a cigarette under a heat lamp waiting for valet to retrieve their car.

12:05 a.m. Similarly Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt are snuggled up in line, Westfeldt seemingly falling asleep in Hamm’s arms.

12:09 a.m. Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres holding the train to partner Portia De Rossi’s Naeem Khan’s white dress as they jump in their black SUV.

12:15 a.m. My car is fetched and I am escorted back onto Sunset Boulevard, still brimming with black SUVs.

For more party coverage, stay tuned to Variety’s VPage.

(Pictured: Amy Adams, Spike Jonze and Karen O at the Vanity Fair party)

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