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Oscars: Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum, Gerard Butler party for 'The Fighter'

February 22, 2011 | 12:10 pm

Helen Mirren at the Oscars kickoff event Its post-Oscar party is among the most coveted invites ever, so who better to kick off a week of Oscar excitement than Vanity Fair? 

Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Gerard Butler, Malin Akerman and nominee Amy Adams turned up at Hollywood's new fresh market joint District on Monday to kick off a week of events as part of VF's Campaign Hollywood -- specifically in celebration of the nominated flick "The Fighter."

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Mirren was the belle of the ball, donning a prop championship belt around her waist as she buzzed about the venue, chatting up producers and procuring her own hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen for director husband Taylor Hackford, while Cuba Gooding Jr., Dulé Hill and Isabel Lucas chatted nearby. Click the pics to see more photos from the event.

"True Blood" hunks Ryan Kwanten and Grey Damon circulated, while Adams dutifully greeted producers and admirers of her Mark Wahlberg- and Christian Bale-lead film. 

Channing Tatum kicks off Oscar week with Vanity Fair GQ coverboy Tatum was in great spirits despite recent leg surgery, sticking close to wife Dewan, who was just cast on NBC's vintage "Playboy" pilot. 

Better late than never was the still-shaggy-haired Butler, rocking a casual track jacket and conversing with Relativity Media's Tucker Tooley

Sound like a decent Academy Awards kickoff? Tell us in comments.

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-- Matt Donnelly
Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photos: Guests at the Vanity Fair party for "The Fighter" included Helen Mirren, top left; Malin Akerman, top right; and Channing Tatum, bottom right, smiles post-surgery. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images


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