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Oscars 2012: Solid gold and stars at Vanity Fair after-party

Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar winner or Oscar loser, anyone can break even at the Academy Awards' most exclusive after-party — anyone who's been invited, that is. And so another year of Vanity Fair madness came to pass, with magazine Editor Graydon Carter hosting a new crop of film honorees, luminaries from politics, art and fashion, and even some royalty.

The Sunset Tower Hotel was a glamorous war zone of barricaded fans, tinted SUVs and paparazzi Sunday evening as folks made their way to the fete from the telecast in Hollywood.

Carter had first welcomed 130 guests for dinner and the show, among them Amy Adams, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Bill Maher, Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Sofia Vergara, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde, George Lucas, Tom Ford, Jane Fonda, Claire Danes and Chris Martin.

PHOTOS: Vanity Fair Oscars after-party 2012

After "The Artist" claimed best picture, dinner tables were cleared and doors opened to the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who joined husband Martin for a cocktail. Paltrow wasn't shy about her admiration for several famous guests, at one point retrieving her smartphone and asking Steve Martin and Martin Short to take a photo with her.

Paula Patton had been telling us for weeks about her anxiety over a dress for the occasion, eventually going with a Naeem Khan mini. "I had to pull the trigger, so I went short," she said. "I love long gowns, but this just felt right."

At that precise moment, everyone stopped to appreciate Cameron Diaz and her gown, a form-fitting red-orange number.

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Thanks to their creative endeavors, some New Yorkers came to town, among them "Saturday Night Live" star and original screenplay nominee Kristen Wiig. Plenty of funny females surrounded her, including Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

Kate Hudson stepped out with fiance Matt Bellamy, both looking excited for a date night away from their new baby -- pictures of whom Hudson shared excitedly with Owen Wilson.

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Grammy Awards 2012: Steve Martin arrives early on 'a sad day'

Steve Martin at the 2012 Grammy Awards

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy Awards-nominated for bluegrass album for "Rare Bird Alert," walked the red carpet at the early hour of 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Dressed in an unassuming light gray suit with black-rimmed glasses, Martin said the Grammys was a more relaxed scene than the Oscars red carpet, where you have to dress to the nines no matter what.

As expected, Whitney Houston, whose tragic death collided squarely with Grammys weekend, was first and foremost on everyone's mind, and the mood on the carpet was understandably muted.

PHOTOS: Grammy Awards 2012 arrivals

"I think I damaged my hearing from listening to her so loud and so long," Martin said. "It's a sad day."

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Photo: Steve Martin at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

 


Alec Baldwin books 16th 'SNL' host gig, wraps with Woody in Rome

Alec Baldwin: SNL has him set for a record-breaking 16th host gig

Maybe Alec Baldwin should forget about running for mayor of New York and simply declare himself mayor of "SNL": The actor has been invited to host "Saturday Night Live" for a 16th time, pushing him past Steve Martin as the host who's done the most on NBC's New York-based sketch comedy show.

Baldwin will host the 37th season premiere of "SNL" on Sept. 24, according to Show Tracker. His 15th turn on the show, the 35th-season closer, followed Betty White's grassroots-inspired appearance and featured gentle competitive banter with Martin, who phoned in during the monologue.

Martin, who last hosted "SNL" in January 2009, teamed with Baldwin to host the Academy Awards in March 2010 -- with "meh" results. The upcoming sixth season of "30 Rock," which is maneuvering around a pregnant Tina Fey, will be Baldwin's last.

But back to the mayor thing -- if not New York, the actor might see if he can score some votes in Rome, where he's been getting paparazzi love while filming the Woody Allen film "The Bop Decameron."

"One more day on this film with Woody. Shizz-dang. I'm sad," Baldwin said early Friday, Italian time, on Twitter. "This has been a good one."

The cast of "The Bop Decameron," a romantic comedy made of up four vignettes based on "Decameron," a 14th century collection of bawdy tales by poet Giovanni Boccaccio, also includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Penélope Cruz, to name but a few. 

It doesn't appear to be a typical rom-com: Two of the vignettes will be in Italian.

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Photos: Alec Baldwin goofs around with a crew member, left, on location July 28 in Rome and works with an unidentified woman July 25 while shooting a scene for "The Bop Decameron" in an outdoor market in Rome. Credits: Remo Casilli / Reuters, left; Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images, right.



Fans want Betty White for Emmys, Oscars -- can the White House be far behind? [poll]

Betty-white-hotdog-webIf at first you do succeed, try again -- with your sights set on something bigger and better.

Betty White fans have ramped up a new Facebook campaign, this time aiming to put her in the driver's seat at the Academy Awards. With "Saturday Night Live" hosting now on her resume, she'd fit right in with previous hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, both of whom have a long history with the late-night show. And with White's lauded comedic timing, perhaps she's just what next year's Oscar broadcast needs.

And if she needs to warm up before that global event? Well, another Facebook group is pushing for her to bump Jimmy Fallon from the gig and head up the Emmy Awards.

The Facebook page urging "SNL" to nab her as a host has logged more than half a million fans -- or, in new FB parlance, half a million people who "like" the idea -- between its launch in February and White's "SNL" performance Saturday. Apparently, that was enough to get Lorne Michaels' ear.

How many people have to like you before Oscar might listen? We shall see. And just watch -- if White were to snake the Emmys gig from Fallon, perhaps the queen of England better start watching her back.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Betty White attends the unveiling of the Betty White "Naked" hot dog at the opening of Pink's Hot Dogs at Universal CityWalk on April 19. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images

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Stars galore at the 2010 Academy Awards Governors Ball

Bridges puck "How can the governor have a ball? California's out of money, isn't it?" We definitely heard that crack more than once Sunday at the Academy Awards.

No, sillies, it wasn't Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ball -- rather, it was the official after-party presented annually by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And this Sunday night the 1,500-capacity ballroom, glowing in gentle purple tones, was packed. Definitely a larger turnout than last year, event staff said.

It was good to be Jeff Bridges: Once the best actor winner made it into the party, flashes were popping like mad as he clapped chef Wolfgang Puck on the back and they both smiled broadly for the cameras, talking all the while.

When Bridges was whisked away for more interviews -- glass of water in his hand, though he'd been sipping Champagne during his victory interview backstage -- a pack of photographers floated along in his wake like a train on a diva's gown. He appeared to be enjoying the ocean of congratulations -- can you blame him? -- and was spotted later, out of the crush ... 

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Exclusive: First look at Architectural Digest's 2010 Oscars green room

Architectural digest oscar green room
Imagine a mythical room where Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner talk "Breaking Dawn" against mirrored walls, where Alec Baldwin schmoozes Penelope Cruz, and last year's acting winners Kate Winslet and Sean Penn make cash bets on this year's nominees. 

Some may call it heaven, or CAA's waiting room. It's actually this year's official Academy Awards green room at the Kodak Theatre, presented by Conde Nast's Architectural Digest for the eighth year in a row.

The rendering above is a first glimpse of the concept for March 7, a nod to Hollywood's golden era. The mag chose Roger Thomas, EVP of Wynn design and development, to create this year's space for nominees and presenters coming and going from stage and press.

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Banjo brothers Steve Martin and Ed Helms get a little punchy

Steve martin Steve Martin, sporting a jaunty fedora and a suit, spotted Ed Helms across the room.

"I thought I'd find you here," the comic said of "The Office" star.

Birds of a feather and all that. But it wasn't their common pedigree as celebrated funnymen that brought the two to the California Market Center on Saturday evening -- it was their affinity for the banjo and their friendship with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Chris Thile and his new bluegrass-inflected band, the Punch Brothers.

The group had just performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at its eighth annual concert gala, "Made in California" (although the only guest artist made in California was Carlsbad-born Thile).

"I'd never seen them play live," Martin said. "And I'm also a friend of the banjo player, Noam Pikelny. I thought it was fantastic. It's so great to see bluegrass musicians in this context to show how skillful they really are."

Helms, who plays banjo and guitar, had played casually with the group "for fun."

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Mario Lopez to host Miss America -- will they add a lingerie round?

Mariomerica Mario Lopez has been tapped to host the 2010 Miss America pageant, Gossip Cop and others are reporting, making that his third time in the job.

Yes, we refer to the same Mario Lopez who donned a leather corset and garter belt for a recent episode of the FX series "Nip/Tuck."

Wait, aren't people supposed to wait till after they're done with the whole Miss America experience before they get caught posing in that kind of get-up? Maybe it's just a "third time's the charm" thing for Mario.

An interesting competition might be shaping up among some of these event hosts, you know. Ricky Gervais is no stranger to embracing his masculinity (to accompany an interview in the UK's Observer Magazine).

Alec Baldwin's been working his hairy chest for years. Hey, whatever works.

And last year's Oscars host, Hugh Jackman, clearly set the bar nice and high for everyone involved.

So, um, we're thinking maybe Daniel Craig should get to host the Grammys or VMAs or Country Music Awards or something?

Please?

And as for Steve Martin ...

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Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will co-host the Oscars

Alechulu Between them they've hosted "Saturday Night Live" at least a couple thousand times, so why not invite Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin to host the Academy Awards? The duo will follow in Hugh Jackman's Oscar-hosting footsteps for the 82nd incarnation of the show, the Envelope's Circuit blog reports.

“We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” the producers said in a statement. “Steve will being the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”

With Ricky Gervais setting the comedic tone early in the awards season as emcee of the Golden Globes, we could be in for a few more laughs than usual this time around. 

Ahem, um, not that we watch awards shows. Because nobody watches those things anymore! Duh! That's so uncool!

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