Commercial Success

Even with the end of the writers' strike, this Oscar season has seen fewer parties, fewer celebrities, and a general feeling that perhaps none of this...

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The night before, Larry Gagosian hosted an opening for Julian Schnabel's show attended by Diane Keaton, Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Lisa Eisner and Anjelica Huston. And Dior held its annual Dior Beauty dinner beneath the colonnade at Chateau Marmont. The clear tent erected over the terrace for the week (turning the garden into a living room with sofas and chandeliers) provided ample space for guests including Jacinda Barrett and Michelle Monaghan to sip Champagne, much needed by Georgina Chapman, who had just flown in from New York. "The three-hour time difference is killing me. I want to go put on my pajamas," she said. As some guests complained about the unseasonably cool temperatures, Angie Harmon, in a flowing vintage number, was more concerned about what to do with the evening's party favor: the 11-pound Dior coffee table book. "I actually already have one, but I can take this home so my husband can throw it in front of the car when the brakes go out."

Meanwhile, de Grisogono sponsored a Forties-themed dominos night at the Beverly Hills Hotel benefiting The Art of Elysium. Befitting the Havana theme (pre-Fidel), cigars were rolled — Roberto Cavalli got his hands on at least one — and mambo beats filled the ballroom. And here, celebrities were enticed by the promise of a little gaming: Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Salma Hayek and Donna Karan all threw down tiles. "Salma's really competitive," Mia Maestro warned.

She wasn't the only one. "Now that you know the game, pick it up," Demi Moore ordered her competitors after the first several rounds as the likes of Penélope Cruz watched the action.

But Theron eventually took home the prize — a $25,000 donation for the charity of her choice.

Fortunately by Saturday, there were actual awards — not sponsors — to celebrate. "I'm actually nominated," said Sienna Miller at Film Independent's Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. "I'm not just here for the free booze." Cate Blanchett showed off her burgeoning belly, gasping, "It's cruel to make a pregnant lady waddle all the way up here," as she climbed the stage to pick up the Best Supporting Female award. Of course, the crowd was also agog at the other pregnant lady in the room — Angelina Jolie, who revealed the news via a form-fitting dress from Western Costume.
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