Glitterati Shmooze at Oscars After-Parties as Michael Feinstein Tinkles Ivories

Hollywood Elite Mix and Mingle After Biggest Night

Always Gorgeous: Natalie Portman and hubby Benjamin MIllepied arrive at an after-Oscars party in Los Angeles.
getty images
Always Gorgeous: Natalie Portman and hubby Benjamin MIllepied arrive at an after-Oscars party in Los Angeles.

By Reuters

Published February 25, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Hollywood’s elite headed into the night to celebrate or commiserate at a list of glitzy parties in Tinseltown after walking the red carpet and watching the year’s Academy Awards presented.

The party of all parties on Hollywood’s biggest night is the strictly invite-only Governors Ball, thrown by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences which hosts the Oscars, a lavish affair attended by about 1,500 guests.

This is the party that draws most of the stars and is the first stop for the winners with their prized, gold statuettes, as well as for other nominees who missed out this year and the performers and presenters of the three-hour Oscars show.

Winner of the Best Actor award for “Lincoln”, Daniel Day-Lewis mixed with George Clooney, who produced the Best Picture winner “Argo”, as guests sipped champagne and grazed on food by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Filmmaker Ang Lee, who won his second Best Director award for “Life of Pi”, was celebrating with fellow movie industry bigwigs in the shadows of a 120-foot chandelier sparkling in the evening’s chosen colors of aubergine, chartreuse, and champagne.

“There’s no pressure, the movie is doing well around the world, it’s all good,” he beamed.

“Life of Pi” lead actor Suraj Sharma, a newcomer from New Delhi, India, who was attending the Oscars for the first time this year, said he was “ecstatic” with Lee’s win.

“Ang worked really hard on this. I feel like Ang won, we all won,” the actor told Reuters.

As guests air-kissed and back-slapped their way around the crowded ballroom at the top level of the Hollywood & Highland complex, singers Judith Hill and Michael Feinstein were to entertain the celebrity crowd.

British actor Daniel Radcliffe, who performed his own musical number with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the evening’s host Seth MacFarlane on the Oscars stage, greeted Feinstein with awe.

“This is amazing. I’ve grown up listening to you,” said the “Harry Potter” star.

Radcliffe, who made his Oscars debut this year, praised the “exemplary” way that rookie Oscar host MacFarlane handled the ceremony that is watched by up to one billion people globally.

“His level of involvement in every aspect of the show is admirable,” Radcliffe told Reuters.

MacFarlane, 39, a comedian, actor and singer who made his mark as creator of the animated TV series “Family Guy”, also won praise from other stars.

“Very good, very funny and offhand, nonchalant and Dean Martin-style,” actor John Travolta said.

The stars of “Les Miserables” swooped down on Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway as she posed with her statuette.

“I’m so thrilled. It’s so well deserved. I’m so happy for Anne,” said the director of the blockbuster musical, Tom Hooper.

Co-star Amanda Seyfried added: “I’m super, super excited but I kind of knew she was going to win.”


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • Did Hamas just take credit for kidnapping the three Israeli teens?
  • "We know what it means to be in the headlines. We know what it feels like when the world sits idly by and watches the news from the luxury of their living room couches. We know the pain of silence. We know the agony of inaction."
  • When YA romance becomes "Hasidsploitation":
  • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
  • “'I made a new friend,' my son told his grandfather later that day. 'I don’t know her name, but she was very nice. We met on the bus.' Welcome to Israel."
  • A Jewish female sword swallower. It's as cool as it sounds (and looks)!
  • Why did David Menachem Gordon join the IDF? In his own words: "The Israel Defense Forces is an army that fights for her nation’s survival and the absence of its warriors equals destruction from numerous regional foes. America is not quite under the threat of total annihilation… Simply put, I felt I was needed more in Israel than in the United States."
  • Leonard Fein's most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism. Steven M. Cohen remembers a great Jewish progressive:
  • BREAKING: Missing lone soldier David Menachem Gordon has been found dead in central Israel. The Ohio native was 21 years old.
  • “They think they can slap on an Amish hat and a long black robe, and they’ve created a Hasid." What do you think of Hollywood's portrayal of Hasidic Jews?
  • “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90.” Hedy Epstein fled Nazi Germany in 1933 on a Kinderstransport.
  • "A few decades ago, it would have been easy to add Jews to that list of disempowered victims. I could throw in Leo Frank, the victim of mob justice; or otherwise privileged Jewish men denied entrance to elite universities. These days, however, we have to search a lot harder." Are you worried about what's going in on #Ferguson?
  • Will you accept the challenge?
  • In the six years since Dothan launched its relocation program, 8 families have made the jump — but will they stay? We went there to find out:
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.