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An A-list army -- Taylor Lautner among the ranks -- turns out for agent Ari Emanuel's pre-Oscars hospitality

March 6, 2010 |  2:33 pm

Taylor lautner oscarWilliam Morris Endeavor talent agency topper Ari Emanuel kicked off his Oscar weekend Friday with a celebration for clients and friends -- including Taylor Lautner, Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Janet Jackson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham, Renee Zellweger and Ryan Phillippe.

At Emanuel's Brentwood home, old pals (and Oscar winners) Affleck and Damon talked shop while their wives, Garner and Luciana Barroso, chatted up a storm.

Wahlberg greeted Lautner with a hug; the budding action star, clad in a black suit, stuck close to his WME agent, Thor Bradwell.

The A-listers convened under a large tent in the back of the property, where sushi and cocktails were passed. Tyra Banks posed while Ben's brother Casey Affleck waved to Topher Grace, who was deep in conversation with Kate Bosworth.

Nearby, Zellweger (beau Bradley Cooper was nowhere in sight) circulated around Bardem and Cruz, while Timberlake looked casual with a skull cap and glasses.

Josh Brolin spoke with a clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix, and nearby Olivia Wilde schmoozed while "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane took interest in a blond partygoer.

Not enough names? Russell Brand turned up sans Katy Perry; also on hand ...

... were Rosario Dawson, Josh Groban, Lee Daniels, Molly Sims, Marlon Wayans and Kim Raver.

Hayden Panettiere and comedian David Spade were spotted jamming to a Journey song pumping over the sound system, while the crowd sipped cocktails and nibbled on appetizers and Crumbs cupcakes.

The WME bash makes for a nice sequel to Soho House's Thursday soiree. With two days of Oscar madness remaining, who else will inhabit Hollywood's hottest parties? Stay tuned!

-- Matt Donnelly 

Photo: Taylor Lautner looking dapper at last year's CFDA Awards in New York City. Credit: WireImage.

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