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Hollywood is no stranger to premieres or glitzy museum galas, but Saturday’s first annual Art + Film event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art raised the bar considerably. If there was any doubt about what a $5,000 ticket could buy, the answer was stars — and plenty of them. (The evening also raised $3 million for LACMA’s film programs.) At the behest of co-chairs Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, with pull from sponsor Gucci, the art and film worlds turned out in their finest to honor John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood. Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie and Mark Bradford lent gravitas while Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda, Emily Blunt, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale, Evan Rachel Wood, Camilla Belle, Zoe Saldana and Rashida Jones brought the glamour.
Also doing their part were the men — Jon Hamm, Benicio Del Toro, Armie Hammer, Mickey Rourke, Zac Efron, Chris Evans, Dominic Cooper, John Krasinski, Joe and Nick Jonas — and the moguls — LACMA co-chairman Terry Semel, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Iger, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Vivi Nevo. “It’s so nice to see everyone dressed up, especially in L.A.,” said Witherspoon.
For Adams, it was a rare evening out with fiancé Darren Le Gallo.
“It’s actually our date night. Pretty fancy, huh?” the actress said.
It turned into a glam couples night as the pair hung with Blunt and husband Krasinski and Hudson and fiancé Matthew Bellamy throughout cocktails (tequila on the rocks for Blunt). As the scrim surrounding the museum’s plaza lifted, it revealed a temporary party pavilion that resembled a miniature Lincoln Center. The scene was enough to give Alber Elbaz, a friend of Chow’s, pause.
“This is wonderful. So elegant, so chic,” the designer said.
Inside the structure, long white tables arranged theater-style on descending levels surrounded a stage where the speeches were kept short and sweet, another first for Hollywood. “Thank you to Warner Brothers for springing the $300 these two tables must have cost,” said Eastwood wryly. “I know it wasn’t a cheap ticket.…Someone tonight asked me if I would sing a song from ‘Paint Your Wagon,’ but Stevie Wonder’s going to have to fill in for me.”
The singer was happy to take the stage, but admitted, “Clint, I don’t know the words to your song, but we’ll work something out.”
Instead, Wonder got the crowd dancing and singing along to “My Cherie Amour” and “Superstition.”