The timing surprised some, as close watchers of the Writers Guild of America strike — enacted more than 90 days ago — have been more optimistic this week about a resolution, though doubts remain.
In mid-December, editor in chief Graydon Carter told WWD of the party, "We're going ahead as planned, although we have made provisions for a shorter-than-usual ceremony. Since it's all hypothetical at the moment, it's difficult to comment further."
Sources close to the magazine said many staff members had urged Carter to cancel the event, but that he had still hoped the strike would be settled in time. Said a spokeswoman for Vanity Fair, "I think Graydon talked to a lot of people in L.A., and the feeling was that even if the strike is over, life won't go back to normal in Hollywood, and we didn't feel it was appropriate to throw a big party given that fact." Were the strike to be resolved in time for the Oscars to go on, the party would still be off.
One thing is clear about the timing of the announcement: it's just in time for the newsstand date of Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue today. In that issue, the strike topic is tackled by columnist Michael Wolff. — Irin Carmon
EARLY VOTER: Earlier this week, WWD grilled editors on how they planned to juggle civic, sartorial and sporting responsibilities on Tuesday, but Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour's plans were an unanswered question until the day of. "I voted at seven this morning, after my tennis game," said Wintour from the front row of the Badgley Mischka show. She voted for a Democrat, she said, but declined to specify which one — perhaps in light of Wintour's stern rebuke of Sen. Hillary Clinton in her editor's letter this month after the candidate backed out of appearing on Vogue's cover. (Overheard a few rows back at the show: "I want to be Hillary Clinton's stylist!")