Friday, March 5, 2010
David & Elton Host Pre-Oscar Bash
Jennifer Lopez looked every inch the Hollywood star as she spun her golden charm at a pre-Oscars party last night.
The actress and singer dazzled in an asymmetrical metallic dress that showed off her sun-kissed trim figure at the RAAD Grey Goose party in Los Angeles.
Jennifer, 40, who accessorised her glitzy dress with a fringed clutch bag and peep-toe heels, stayed close to husband Marc Anthony as the couple mixed with a number of Hollywood A-listers - and Dermot O'Leary.
But when she was asked who had designed the frock, she had to ask Marc to search for the label.
'It's here somewhere,' he joked, as he put his hand down the back of her dress, adding: 'Can't find anything'.
J-Lo explained that her stylist had driven the dress over that night and she had forgotten to ask who designed it.
She looked as though she was enjoying herself as she and Marc chatted to actor Dustin Hoffman, despite her Oscar grumbles last month.
She is said to have moaned that she believed her role in 2007 box office flop, El Cantante, was worthy of an Academy Award and she was disappointed she didn't even get nominated.
She said:'I feel like I had that Oscar-worthy role in El Cantante, but I don't even think the academy members saw it. I feel like it's their responsibility to do that, to see everything that's out there, everything that could be great.'
Last night, she and Marc, 41, were part of a star-studded guest list at the annual party, which included Dustin Hoffman, Best Actress nominee and recent Bafta winner Carey Mulligan, actress Natalie Portman and Stephen Fry.
The night was hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the newly-opened Soho House, which Sir Elton explained had hastily been completed that morning.
Speaking to the Daily Mail as he pointed to his apartment building through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that wrapped around the club's penthouse floor, he said: 'I've watched the work being done on and off for months and I can tell you that at five o'clock this afternoon they were still building the place.They've done an amazing job to get it open.
Mind you, if I could see what they were doing through my windows I hope they couldn't see what I was doing in my apartment'
Sir Elton and David also plan to host an Oscars party for their celebrity friends to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The Soho House venue was also given the seal of approval from Dustin Hoffman, who said it was 'an extraordinary space'.
Also at the party, which was sponsored by Grey Goose vodka and RADD (Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving), was Madonna, who wore a long winter coat with a fur collar, as she arrived with a very happy friend on her arm and held court with a number of friends.
But probably the most unlikely and unexpected guests of the night were X Factor judge Dermot O'Leary and former Neighbours actress Holly Valance.
O'Leary, who arrived with long-term girlfriend Dee Koppang, is believed to be in the U.S. in the hope of securing a six-figure deal to host the American version of X Factor, which will kick off Stateside next year.
Valance, who arrived with property developer boyfriend Nick Candy, has not appeared on screen since 2007, and is believed to be currently working on relaunching her pop career.
The Grey Goose RAAD party was just one of many kicking off the Oscars weekend in Los Angeles. The awards will be handed out on Sunday night.
An Education producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey hosted a drinks party for their Oscar-nominated film, with guests including writer and Oscar nominee Nick Hornby, leading lady and best actress hopeful Carey Mulligan, director Lone Scherfig and Olivia Williams.
For a film that was shot on a shoestring BBC Films budget, it has done extraordinarily well to get all the way to the Oscar red carpet and a swanky (and very sexy) penthouse club on Sunset Boulevard.
Soho House itself will be the host of another pre-Oscars bash thrown by studio chairman and film producer Harvey Weinstein for the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds, which has made serious inroads into the Oscar hopes of The Hurt Locker and Avatar.
Another party being held last night, at the home of film producer Peter Guber and his wife Tara in Bel Air, was the Third Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party which gave Hollywood's ladies a chance to shine.
Among the guests were Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe, who was larger than life in a pretty monochrome dress, actress Mena Suvari, Glee star Jayma Mays and My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos.
- Daily Mail