Women In Film Oscar Party

Gwyneth Paltrow, WIF president Cathy Schulman Celebrate Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Janet McTeer and more Oscar Nominees at Women In Film Oscar Party


Just after the Feb. 24 Women In Film party at Cecconi’s restaurant in Los Angeles, best supporting actress nominee Jessica Chastain said she still had two fittings to go before choosing her dress for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards show.

When an actress is sure to be in the spotlight, the decision has to be a difficult one. No wonder she is taking her time.

Octavia Spencer, up for best actress for same film – “The Help” –  turned up at the Women In Film party, too, as did lots more Oscar contenders. A starry affair, the event celebrated female Academy Award nominees in all categories: acting, directing, producing, editing, costume design and the rest.

Yet these were gracious – and friendly – competitors. Chastain said that before the Golden Globes, at which they were also both nominated, she and Spencer made a bet with each other on the winner.

“I won the bet,” said Chastain, saying she bet Spencer would win.  

Co-hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, an Oscar-winner for “Shakespeare in Love” and Cathy Schulman, president of Women In Film, guests also included best actress nominee Viola Davis for “The Help;” Janet McTeer, best supporting actress nominee for “Albert Nobbs;” Annie Mumolo, best screenplay nominee for “Bridesmaids;” and Dede Gardner, best picture nominee for “Tree of Life,” among others.

More guests were Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” and “Beastly;” Shailene Woodley of “The Descendants;” Gaborey Sidibe, Oscar winner for “Precious;” Selena Gomez of “Wizards of Waverly Place;” Sharon Lawrence of “Aftershock: Earthquake in New York;” Jennifer Beals of “The L Word,” Jennifer Morrison of “House M.D.;” Allison Janney of “The Help,” Tia Carrere of “True Lies;” Loretta Devine of “Crash;” Christine Lahti of “Chicago Hope;” and Ziyi Zhang of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

In her remarks, Schulman singled out film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and costume designer Sandy Powell for special recognition. Both three-time Academy Award winners, nominated multiple other times as well, Schoonmaker and Powell both captured nominations this year for their work on “Hugo.”

Some men turned up, too, notably Demian Bichir, a best actor contender for “A Better Life.”

All sipped champagne, sampled from the seemingly endless trays of hearty hors d’oeuvres and congratulated Oscar contenders, who were easy to spot in their camellia corsages.

Schulman said women this year racked up 45 out of approximately 200 Oscar nominations – still less than 25% of the total – and so, encouraged women to work together to increase the percentage.

Ending the evening on a high note, guests left with gift boxes of MAC cosmetics in fashion-forward shades and a split of Perrier-Jouet champagne.  


Top photo: Selena Gomez, left, of “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Monte Carlo,” with Academy Awards contender Viola Davis, right, at Women In Film Oscar party (Photo by Christopher Polk/ WireImage for Women In Film)

Center photo: Co-chair of Women In Film Oscar party Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and her mother, Blythe Danner (photo: Christopher Polk / Jason Merritt, Getty Images, courtesy of Women In Film)

Bottom photo: Oscar nominee Viola Davis and Cathy Schulman, president of Women In Film and co-chair of WIF Oscar party (photo: Jason Merritt/ WireImage for Women In Film)




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Women In Film Oscar Party

Published Feb. 25, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA