2013 Oscars: Party Roundup in West Hollywood

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Many of Hollywood’s most glamorous and exclusive Oscars parties are held in our little city each year.

The Vanity Fair Party, held at Sunset Tower, is the most prestigious party event of the year for Hollywood. And Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Benefit, at West Hollywood Park, is another highly anticipated event.

While most events are invitation-only, we’ve noted a few you can attend if you’re willing to reach deep (and we do mean deep) into your pockets.

Otherwise, consider this a reference point: What is all that raucous noise about over at Everleigh, Cecconi’s, Soho House and Chateau Marmont?

If you’re looking for a viewing party, we have options including events at the Abbey and Here Lounge.


Wednesday, Feb. 20


6:30-8:30 p.m.: An event for Tom Hooper and the “Les Miserables” cast benefiting L.A. Fund for Public Education.
Eveleigh, 8752 Sunset Blvd., east of San Vincente.


Thursday, Feb. 21


Noon: WME and Sonos lunch.
Eveleigh, 8752 Sunset Blvd., east of San Vincente.


6-9 p.m.: Love Gold Cocktails in honor of Fred Leighton.
The Selma House, Chateau Marmont, 8091 Selma Ave. at Sunset.


7-9 p.m.: Vanity Fair and Fiat along with Hans Zimmer and Ron Howard present “Una Notta Verde”

Movie celebrities and film industry insiders will be attending an invitation-only cocktail party, which aims to promote the idea of green jobs in a green economy. The event benefits the UN International Labor Organization and Green Jobs Program.
Cecconi’s, 8765 Melrose Ave. at Robertson.


8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Artists for Peace and Justice “Hollywood Dominos” Oscar event

A celebrity insider event, where players use an altered version of dominos to raise money for a number of non-profit organizations around the world, including the victims of hurricanes in Haiti.

The hosting committee this year will include Pascal Raffy, Paul Haggis, Donna Karan, Gerard Butler, Madeleine Stowe and Daya Fernandez. Click here for more info.

Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., east of La Cienega.


Friday, Feb. 22


11 a.m.-2 p.m.: WME And Sonos and the Composers Guild “Film Music Family Brunch”
The Eveleigh, 8758 Sunset Blvd., east of San Vicente.


5-8 p.m.: Women in Film party to celebrate the 2013 female Oscar nominees

Octavia Spencer (who won the Academy Award for her role in “The Help” in 2011) and WIF President Cathy Schulman will host the sixth annual Women in Film pre-Oscar cocktail party at Fig & Olive on Melrose. Last year’s event drew “Best Actress” nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Viola Davis and Gwyneth Paltrow. This year’s expected guests include “Best Supporting Actress” nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), producer nominees Megan Ellison (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Stacey Sher (“Django Unchained”) and costume designer nominee Colleen Atwood (“Snow White and the Huntsman”).

Fig and Olive, 8490 Melrose Place at La Cienega.


7-10 p.m.: Warner Brothers Pictures’ pre-Oscar party celebrating “Argo” (up for seven categories, including “Best Picture”) and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd. at Doheny.


7 p.m.: Universal Academy Awards Nominee Party

The cast of “Les Miserables” — Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried — are expected to appear at this private party.

Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave. at La Cienega.


“How to Survive a Plague Party,” sponsored by Elton John AIDS Foundation and LoveGold. The event will celebrate “How to Survive a Plague” the Oscar-nominated documentary about ACT-UP at Chateau Marmont.


Saturday, Feb. 23


7-9:30 p.m.: Focus Features Party for nominees hosted by James Schamus and Andrew Karpen
Chateau Marmont, Private Bungalow, 8221 Sunset Blvd. at Marmont Lane.


8 p.m.: Sony Classics Nominees Dinner
The London Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. at Sunset.


8 p.m.: The Weinstein Co.’s Oscar pre-party

This year’s movies from The Weinstein Co. include “Django Unchained,” “The Master,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Intouchables.” In 2012, the company received 16 Oscar nominations.

Tickets are very tough to get. A current bid for a ticket (and tour with a publicist) is at $17,000.

Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd. at Doheny.


10 p.m.: WME’s Warren Zavala, Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald host a party at Chateau Marmont.
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd. at Marmont Lane.


Sunday, Feb. 24


4- 8 p.m: “Red Carpet Riot: Beats of the Southern Wild Oscar Viewing Party”

Party promoter Tom Whitman presents this viewing party benefiting APLA. The event advertises “No tuxes. Lots of cocktails. Gays everywhere.” A hosted bar and food carts will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The SIZE After Party starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $50, as are VIP cabanas.  Go to apla.org/redcarpetriot for more info.

Here Lounge, 696 N. Robertson Blvd. at Santa Monica.

Valet parking is available courtesy of King Valet, at 665 N. Robertson.


4-8 p.m.: “The Envelope Please” AIDS Project LA Oscar Viewing Party.

The 12th edition of this party will be hosted by Pauley Perrette from “N.C.I.S.,” and Becca Tobin from “Glee.” A VIP cocktail reception will be held at 4 p.m. before a dinner for the Oscar viewing party at 5 p.m. Black tie attire is preferred. Tickets range from $500 to $25,000.

Click here for tickets.

The Abbey, 692 N Robertson Blvd. at Santa Monica.


4 p.m.: Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Night benefit party

Elton John and David Furnish will host their popular event at West Hollywood Park. At the end of the viewing party, Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s will conduct a live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell will provide the tunes. Soulful Scottish singer Emeli Sande will perform. The dinner menu will be by Gordon Ramsay.

For inquiries about the party, contact Matt Blinstrubas at (212) 219-0670, or email him at matt.blinstrubas@ejaf.org.

West Hollywood Park


4:30-10 p.m.: InStyle Oscar Viewing Party
BOA Steakhouse, 9200 Sunset Blvd. at Phyllis.


5 p.m.: Vanity Fair dinner, Oscar viewing party and after-party (9 p.m.)

Probably the best known and most glamorous of the post-Oscar parties, the Vanity Fair afterparty draws the most elite stars and has made for some indelible moments as they collide. Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche fell for each other in 1997 at the party. Ronald Perelman met his future, now former, wife Ellen Barkin. Mel Gibson arrived with two Oscars for “Braveheart” in 1996, and a bagpiper in tow. And Tom Cruise pulled up to the party on a Ducati motorcycle in 2005.

This might be the hottest (and toughest) invite in town.

To read a history of the Vanity Fair party, and see photos, click here.

Sunset Tower, 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., east of La Cienega.


9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.: “Salute to the Stars” Oscars after-party

Openly advertised to the public, this after-party promises to let you mingle with a mix of actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and journalists. The event benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donation tickets range from $350 to $2,000. Click here for details.
Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd., east of La Cienega.

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