Michael Keaton showed love to his onscreen daughter Emma Stone prior to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 21. When he later won for “Birdman,” the star praised director Alejandro González Iñárritu. “He’s so fun to be around, so unbelievably imaginative… this is bold cinema, this is a game-changer,” he said.
Ethan Hawke and Cate Blanchett
Ethan Hawke, here with Cate Blanchett, accepted the Best Director trophy at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards for “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater. “The impossible can happen,” he decreed.
Actress Julianne Moore won for Best Actress at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on Feb. 21. The shimmering “Still Alice” star noted that it was shot for $4 million in 23 days.
Julianne Moore and Olivia Munn
Just the night before, on Feb. 20, Moore celebrated alongside friends including Olivia Munn, producer Maria Schriver and director Wash Westmoreland at a party honoring “Still Alice” and Killer Films presented by Grey Goose Vodka at Sunset Tower. Moore entered at the same time as Munn and her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, all dressed in Tom Ford and coming from his earlier fashion show.
Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow
At the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection presentation held at Milk Studios on Feb. 20, Julianne Moore sat in the starry front row sandwiched between Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow, with Vogue’s Anna Wintour to Paltrow’s left. Moore wore a TOM FORD SS 15 green sequin long-sleeve top with short camo skirt, green fur clutch and black platforms – all of which she kept on for the entire evening.
Romain Dauriac, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams
Other eye-catching stars enjoying the Tom Ford show included Amy Adams, in a red velvet Tom Ford tuxedo (accessorized by her beau, Darren Le Gallo) and Scarlett Johansson in a Pre Fall 2015 gold high neck dress with black strappy shoes (accompanied by husband and French journalist Romain Dauriac). Seated to their right was Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus, and next to them, Jennifer Lopez.
The singer and “American Idol” judge who has a penchant for making a loud red carpet statement chose to wear a S/S 14 sequins sparkle mini corset dress from Tom Ford at his Feb. 20 fashion show.
Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Tom Ford also showed a deftness with more subtle and demure black designs. Here, Fergie dons a TOM FORD for Gucci Cruise 2004 black long sleeve halter dress and black satin sandals, while husband Josh Duhamel keeps it similarly sleek in a Tom Ford black jacket, black pants, white shirt, cufflinks and black cummerbund.
Elizabeth Olsen also makes a statement at the Tom Ford fashion show in a simple black dress: namely, a TOM FORD Pre Fall 2015 black one. The cut out gown features a long plunge neckline, and the star pairs it with black chain platforms and a model-like gaze. Other notables at Tom Ford’s special new L.A. fashion show during Oscar week included Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Jason Statham, Gia Coppola, Armie Hammer, Nicole Richie, Jared Leto and this year’s Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris.
Oprah, Common and Ava DuVernay
Not too far from the West Hollywood festivities honoring “Still Alice,” another film being feted was “Selma.” Host Common and a close circle of friends, including Oprah, Kelly Rowland director Ava DuVernay, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Shonda Rhimes, Carmen Ejogo and Andre Holland, toasted Ciroc to “Selma’s” Best Picture nomination at Ysabel on Feb. 20.
Sven Wood, Cathy Schulman, Jennifer Hudson, Karen Buglisi Weiler and Randy Soto
Toasting was also going on in West Hollywood over at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, where Oscar-winning co-hosts Jennifer Hudson and Cathy Schulman saluted Women in Film. “I feel very inspired,” Hudson said. “So many of these ladies have inspired my life and my career. I come from a very powerful background of women, and this is an extension of that.”
Meryl Streep and Cathy Schulman
Supportive actress Meryl Streep caught up with Women In Film President Cathy Schulman at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party presented by MaxMara, BMW, Tiffany & Co., MAC Cosmetics and Perrier-Jouet on Feb. 20. Schulman voiced mixed feelings about this year’s number of female nominees (which also included guests Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike): “Why are there only 44? But if we don’t scream and yell and say, ‘We 44 are here this year!’ then there won’t be 88 next year. It’s about leading the charge. It’s about celebrating ourselves all together. It’s a sisterhood.”
Rosamund Pike noted at the Women In Film cocktail party that she was keeping up her energy, for both the Academy Awards, and her other pressing weekend plans. “My son just threw all of his cars in our swimming pool,” she confessed. “And I found myself promising to dive in and retrieve them all — there must be about 52 — early tomorrow morning. That’s going to be like, the morning wake-up call.” The “Gone Girl” actress and mother to two (including newborn son Adom, born in December) continued to poke fun at herself: “You see, there’s a discrepancy between this (glamorous version of herself) and the image in the pool.”
Patrick Davies, Nigel Lythgoe and Chris O’Connor
The Brits were also celebrating their nominees — and Consul general Chris O’Connor was pleased that 40 nominees marked nearly double last year’s landmark 26. “There are many more categories behind the camera,” he said, accounting for the large number of artists at the London West Hollywood hotel for the Great British event on Feb. 20.
Steve Shaw and Scott Eastwood
A late-night stop for partygoers like Scott Eastwood, Kevin Hart, Ryan Seacrest and Leonardo DiCaprio on Feb. 20 was the Treats! Magazine Issue 8 Launch Party at the Treats! Oscar Villa presented by OMNIA at a $35.5m Bel Air estate. Kevin Connolly, Michelle Rodriguez, Randy Jackson and Lydia Hearst also attended the insider bash, where Eastwood (featured in the mag) showed his spread to friends, and models ran up to greet DiCaprio, who arrived with a handful of male friends and walked around chatting and smoking from a vaporizer pen.
The celebrating on Feb. 19 kicked off early with Essence Magazine’s luncheon honoring black women in Hollywood at the Beverly Wilshire. Presenters and honorees frequently teared up or sobbed, and a performance by John Legend and Common upped the emotional element.
Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong’o
Guests at the moving Essence luncheon included Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Essence mag president Michelle Ebanks, Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo and daughter Zoe, Aja Naomi King, Lupita Nyong’o and Oprah, who recited the poem “Continuance.”
Samira Wiley, Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Lorraine Toussaint, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy and Uzo Aduba
Lupita Nyong’o presented the Vanguard Award at the Essence luncheon to the cast of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” and Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba and Vicky Jeudy all crowded onstage to accept. “We’ve all been told we’re too tall, too fat, too black, not woman enough,” Brooks said. “I’ve learned we’re right the way we are. … I hope we continue to inspire people with all we are and the essence of who we are.”
Chris Mitchell, Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane
Another cast celebrated later: that of “Boyhood.” The film and Richard Linklater were feted by Vanity Fair at ritzy West Hollywood restaurant Ceconni’s, where Ellar Coltrane reflected on his boyhood and the film that captured it. “It’s me and I’m changing and it’s me at different times and it’s incredibly surreal, you know, just terrifying and beautiful and comforting and painful all at the same time,” said the tousle-haired 20-year-old, who revealed that he has now seen the film ten times. “The first time I saw the movie it was hard to even really see much of the story. It was just all about that — the catharsis, the tenderness of seeing yourself age,” he admitted.
Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor
Honoring another important set of performers, philanthropists, Variety and unite4:good held their annual unite4:humanity event presented by Alcatel OneTouch on Feb. 19. “Cougar Town” actress Busy Philipps hosted the pre-Oscar bash at the Beverly Hilton which honored nine celebrities for their charitable work, including Ewan McGregor. “He doesn’t even use product,” said Emily Blunt, before welcoming her “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” co-star, honored for working with children overseas.
Lauren Parsekian and Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul and wife Lauren Parsekian (Kind Campaign co-founder) accepted the unite2gether Award onstage at Variety’s 2nd Annual unite4:humanity on Feb. 19. “Breaking Bad” producer Michelle MacLaren, there to honor star Aaron Paul, reminisced earlier on the day when Paul returned to set from Coachella, only to tell her he’d found the girl of his dreams.
Other award recipients at the unite4:humanity event on Feb. 19 included Amy Poehler, Josh Hutcherson, Zendaya, Parsekian, Christina Applegate and Halle Berry, who danced about as Queen Latifah announced her name. Berry, who works with the Jenesse Center, was honored for creating awareness for and preventing domestic violence. “Halle doesn’t just speak out, she puts in the work,” Latifah said, adding that the Academy Award-winning actress has personally answered hotline calls on the graveyard shift.
Pink and guitarist Justin Derrico
Inspired by her three-year-old daughter, Pink recently visited a “rad” fifth grade classroom to help put an end to childhood hunger by sitting with kids as they ate healthy breakfast at school. The Music Visionary honoree closed the Feb. 19 unite4:humanity fete by performing two songs.
Colin Davidson, Carrie Fisher, Stephen Colbert and Stephen Fry
There was also singing – of the Irish variety, by musicians Gavin James and Megan O’Neill – going on at the Oscar Wilde Awards at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot studio in Santa Monica on Feb. 19. Honoree Stephen Colbert was sporting a natty white beard that Carrie Fisher, who was honored before him, said, “is so getting (him) laid.” The remark led Colbert to quip, “I don’t know which is more exciting, getting this award or that I may be having sex with Princess Leia tonight.”
Maggie Grace, Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron
Speaking of green, eco-fashion aficionados gathered at Chateau Marmont on Feb. 19 to celebrate Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” campaign, which pairs emerging fashion designers with environmentally conscious mentors to create sustainable clothing for the Oscars red carpet. “My dream is to create a better world and a cleaner planet for our children to grow up on and to grow into and to raise their families into, and it’s Red Carpet Green Dress that has helped with that,” Amis Cameron said.
Moran Atias, Patric Grove, Pascal Raffy, Amaury Nolasco and Kevin Jonas
Rather than designing, gambling was what paid off (for charity) at the 8th annual Hollywood Domino Gala presented by BOVET 1822 at Sunset Tower on Feb. 19. Actress Moran Atias, entrepreneur Patrick Grove, Bovet CEO Pascal Raffy, actor Amaury Nolasco and recording artist Kevin Jonas, who stayed affectionately close to his wife, battled it out at the domino tables for haiti relief organization Artists for Peace and Justice.
Jimmy Jean-Louis, AnnaLynne McCord, Moran Atias and Adrien Brody
As he called them to the stage at Hollywood Domino, APJ CEO David Belle commended AnnaLynne McCord (“who went to Haiti before the quake”), Adrien Brody (“an important board member”), Kevin Jonas (“a new friend but … working every airwave possible to engage his audience”) and Oscar nominee Patricia Arquette. “I thought you were cool then, but to be here on the biggest day of your life, Pat, you are f–king awesome,” Belle said to much cheer. “We’re rooting for you on Sunday.”
David Belle aspired to raise half a million dollars for Artists for Peace and Justice at Hollywood Domino, prompting Patricia Arquette to pledge all that she could when donations halted at $412K. “I will thank you if I win an Academy Award, if you give 88k!” she cried, appealing to the crowd that eventually came through. “That means 88 girls can go to school. That’s one of the most beautiful things anyone can ever do.”
Brian Bowen Smith and Hilary Swank
Celeb photographer Brian Bowen Smith posed with the subject of his “Icons of the Awards” exhibit, actress Hilary Swank, at the Geraldo Jewelry sponsored event at Mr. C Beverly Hills on Feb 19.
Dawn Hudson, Hilary Swank, Diane von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep and Anne Sweeney
“There are 44 women nominated this year, and 20 are here today,” said designer Diane von Furstenberg, who welcomed guests including Dawn Hudson, Hilary Swank, Mery Streep and Anne Sweeney into her Beverly Hills home for an intimate luncheon on Feb. 18. “I know how busy everyone is this time of year, and I’m so grateful that everyone could find time to take an afternoon off and be here today,” she said.
Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette and Reese Witherspoon
“Next year I want to see the entire grounds covered in nominees!” said Meryl Streep of Diane von Furstenberg’s soiree, which this year assembled fierce females like Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette and Reese Witherspoon.
Emayatzy E. Corinealdi, Ava DuVernay, Danai Gurira and Alfre Woodard
Another notable honoring the nominees was Alfre Woodard, who threw her first Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree six years ago, and this year hosted guests including Ava DuVernay and Viola Davis at the Beverly Wilshire on Feb. 18. “You see how loud it gets!” she said with a laugh. “It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey — we speak a common language.”
Actor Don Johnson and pro golfer Sergio Garcia
Meanwhile, an unlikely group of supporters (golfers, and the actors that played them) geared up for the awards at the TaylorMade event hosted by the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Feb. 18. Don Johnson (“Tin Cup”), joined by thesps from golf-themed films like “Caddyshack” and “Happy Gilmore,” noted, “I thought Michael Keaton was spectacular, and Eddie Redmayne was extraordinary.” While Johnson has attended and presented at the Oscar ceremony, he says this year he’ll probably watch from home.
Another athletic-tied Oscar celebration was the third annual “Gold Meets Golden” event at Equinox Sports Club in West L.A. on Feb. 21, which united Hollywood stars (like Nicole Kidman) with Olympic stars (like figure skaters Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner) in honor of the the upcoming 2015 Special Olympic World Games. Despite a late night of filming and rehearsal for the Oscars, second-time event host Kidman hugged and ardently congratulated the 2015 Special Olympic World Games athletes.
Katie Holmes, Nadia Comaneci, Gina Rodriguez, Bart Conner and Chris Evans
At the “Gold Meets Golden” event, actors Katie Holmes, Gina Rodriquez and Chris Evans joined forces with Olympic legend hosts including Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner. Evans was particularly excited to meet Olympic skater Gracie Gold – who shared his excitement at the pro-sports event on Feb. 21.
A ways away from the putting green at Avalon Hollywood on Feb. 18, equally green-minded guests like Fran Drescher, Maggie Grace, Amy Smart, Cheryl Tiegs, Matt Walsh and Billy Zane gathered for for Global Green USA’s 12th annual pre-Oscar party, where nominee Common headlined the night with an energetic set that culminated in an electrifying performance of Best Song contender “Glory” from “Selma.”
Theo Von and Ashley Greene
“Twilight” alum Ashley Greene and comedian Theo Von hosted the environmentally friendly event on Feb. 18, which also featured musical performances from Jimmy Demers, Gary Wright and Makana, along with a live auction and sustainable dinner courtesy of Chef Kai Loebach (that pleased many a kale fan).
David Oyelowo – plus Bill Duke, Michael Ealy and Paris Barclay, and former Oscar winners Willie D. Burton and T.J. Martin – were among the 50 black power players honored by Icon Mann at the annual Power 50 Dinner presented by Variety at Mr C. Beverly Hills on Feb. 18.
Adrien Brody and Marcia Gay Harden
New York City native Adrien Brody had a very clear reason for getting involved in Bulgari’s Save the Children campaign, celebrated at a classy Oscar week kickoff cocktail event at Spago Beverly Hills on Feb. 17. “I’m a product of public schools. My father is a public school teacher… Without his guidance, I wouldn’t be here today,” confessed the star and newly appointed Bulgari ambassador.
Naomi Watts and Laura Dern
Naomi Watts, the other leader in Bulgari’s Save the Children initiative, connected with the cause as a parent. “You worry about your children no matter what, as a mother,” said the “Birdman” star before the event on Feb. 17. “You just want to have the best for them, you want them to have, yes, a great education, but you want them to be confident, happy, healthy people, and to develop lots of other skills along the way.”
Malin Akerman and Alexander Ludwig
Malin Akerman, who just finished the “Billions” pilot for Showtime with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, has been a longtime fan of the brand feted on Feb. 18. “What don’t you like about Bulgari? They’re just a classic, beautiful jewelry line… And I’m a big advocate for education for kids,” she said, before citing the most significant of her current preoccupations. “Mommyhood — being a mom to a 2-year-old, which is crazy! It’s so much fun.”
Ed Westwick and Rose McGowan
Actors Ed Westwick and Rose McGowan (who helped curate) got creative at the 8th Annual Pieces Of Heaven Art Auction presented by The Art Of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at MAMA Gallery on Feb. 17. The event attracted art lovers like Jena Malone and Shepard Fairey, who had pieces in the show, and Moby, who enthusiastically discussed his photograph on display during the silent auction.
Dominic Sherwood, Sarah Hyland, Victoria Justice and Pierson Fode
Actors Dominic Sherwood, Sarah Hyland, Victoria Justice and Pierson Fode pow wowed at Vanity Fair and FIAT’s celebration of Young Hollywood to benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust at No Vacancy on Feb. 17. This kickoff to a series of VF Oscar week events was hosted by James Corden, soon-to-be host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” (which bows March 23), and the magazine’s Krista Smith.
Odeya Rush, Zoey Deutch and Britt Robertson
Young Hollywood, including actors Odeya Rush, Zoey Deutch, Taryn Manning and Britt Robertson, came out in full force at Vanity Fair’s kickoff Oscar Week event on Feb. 17 — which is part of the magazine’s ongoing Campaign Hollywood marking the lead-up to Sunday’s Academy Awards. The final (and glitziest) event will be the Oscar night party, being thrown at a brand-new custom-designed space connected to City Hall.