Vanity Fair Oscar Parties
Vanity Fair joined forces with Ron Howard and Hans Zimmer Feb. 21 to present “Una Notte Verde” at Cecconi’s Restaurant in West Hollywood. The event was the greenest in a series of the magazine’s Oscar week celebrations, aka “Campaign Hollywood.”
Howard is the acclaimed director of such Academy Award-winning films as “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Beautiful Mind.” He won the Best Director Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind.”
Zimmer is a legendary multi-award-winning composer with an Oscar, four Grammys and two Golden Globes, among other awards, for films including “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Dark Knight” and others.
(Check out the photo gallery below for party pictures.)
During the reception at this green pre-Oscar party, Howard called Zimmer the country’s best citizen, “even though he’s not a citizen,” for his work on behalf of environmental causes such as the night’s beneficiary, the United Nations International Labour Organization and its Green Jobs Program. The organization protects fundamental rights for the working world and supports green business innovation.
In keeping with that goal, Fiat – the event’s co-sponsor – showed off its new 500e electric car. The invitation, too, came on recycled materials made of seeds which could be planted to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Howard said he and Zimmer are now working together on “Rush,” due out this year. So I asked if it reflects their green values.
“Just the opposite,” Howard said with a laugh, adding that the movie is about Formula 1 racing.
Vanity Fair vice president and publisher Edward Menicheschi welcomed the star-studded crowd, which included the Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody of “The Pianist,” Alyssa Milano of “Charmed,” Josh Hartnett of “Black Hawk Down” and “The Black Dahlia.”
More were Sanaa Lathan of “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” Dennis Haysbert of “24,” Lake Bell of “What Happens in Vegas,” Analeigh Tipton of “Crazy Stupid Love,” Louise Roe of “Perfect Catch,” Chelsie Hightower of “Dancing with the Stars,” Annabeth Gish, Kathleen Robertson, musician Jason Bonham, fashion designer Olga Sorkina, stylist Jeff K. Kim and fashion consultant Lionel Geneste.
Even for those not nominated for Academy Awards, this has been a busy week. With no shortage of pre-Oscar shindigs, many Hollywood VIPs spent at least some time party-hopping or participating in entertainment industry events.
For Mehcad Brooks of “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” the green soiree wasn’t his first engagement that day. Just a few hours earlier, he had presented an award to Alfre Woodard at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore held court in a corner of the restaurant, talking about how he seems to be mainstream now, as his values have now been embraced by much of the public. He ticked off gun control and universal healthcare, among causes he’s championed.
This past week, Moore also championed Emad Burnat’s entry into the US. The Palestinian Burnat, an Oscar nominee for “5 Broken Cameras,” said US Customs officials detained him at the airport because they didn’t believe he was in the country to attend the Academy Awards. He said Moore then helped facilitate his entry.
Moore said he was keeping his next project under wraps, but then mouthed the words. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to interpret, and so, like readers of this website and the rest of the world. I’ll have to wait until official announcements are made.
Other Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2013, in its series leading up to the Academy Awards, teamed with Tom Hooper and the cast of “Les Miserables,” Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom,” Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire” and the cast of “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Top Photo: Composer Hans Zimmer, left, and filmmaker Ron Howard joined forces with Vanity Fair and Fiat to host “Una Notte Verde,” the greenest of the Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2013, benefiting The United Nations International Labour Organization and its Green Jobs Program. (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for VF)
Second Photo: Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, left, greets Vanity Fair vice president and publisher Edward Menicheschi at Cecconi’s Restaurant, for one of the Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2013 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for VF)
Third photo: Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, center, chats with Oscar-nominated Emad Burnat, left, as Moore held court Feb. 21 at one of the Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2103 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for VF)
Fourth photo: From left, Mehcad Brooks, Sanaa Lathan, and Kathleen Robertson attend the greenest soiree in the series of Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2013 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for VF)
Fifth photo: Alyssa Milano of “Charmed” and the upcoming “Mistresses” at Una Notte Verde, one of the Vanity Fair Oscar Parties 2013 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for VF)
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Published Feb. 23 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA