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The private, wood-paneled dining room buzzed with starlets Rosamund Pike, Mischa Barton (who brought pocket pooch Ziggy) and Alice Eve (who brought her lookalike model brother Jack), as well as Jack Huston, Ivana Milicevic, Jessica Capshaw and latecomer Emmy Rossum.
As guests piled their plates with rare prime rib and baby potatoes, conversation veered toward --what else? -- the Oscars. Pike tried in vain to remember who the five Best Supporting Actor nominees were, gasping a sigh of relief when she realized the fifth was Djimon Honsou. “But how do you pronounce his name?” she asked. She could have popped into the main dining room to ask him, as he held court at a round table beneath a chandelier with Josh Hartnett and Eva Longoria.
Meanwhile, Milicevic put on her best Baltic beauty face for dinner partner Huston, while she excitedly opened the party favor, a studded cuff which she added to her multitude of gold jewelry. “Ivana always has the best accessories,” remarked Capshaw. “Maybe I should take a closer look at the bags.”
Meanwhile, Tinseltown environmentalists flocked to Hollywood club Avalon for Global Green's 3rd annual party co-hosted by Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Penelope Cruz, which launched the Red Carpet/Green Cars campaign, shuttling celebs to the Academy Awards in Priuses and Tesla roadsters instead of stretch limos and Hummers.
Guests in the VIP balcony included Chevy Chase and green activist Orlando Bloom enjoyed the Maroon 5 performance (which opened with the a propos hit “Harder to Breathe”) with buddies James Blunt and Petra Nemcova. Bloom is one of the rare celebs who actually puts his money where his mouth is: he’s building a house in London complete with solar panels and recently founded Global Cool, enlisting fellow entertainers to help combat climate change. “There are simple things we can do to save the ecology,” said Bloom. “It doesn’t have to be overwhelming.”