The Un-Official Oscar After-Party Hierarchy

The top five post-award stops offer different spoils. Here’s how they rank

Oscar week is here! The pre-partying is coming fast and furious, from Hildy Gottlieb’s ICM ‘do (with hubby Walter Hill) to Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon to Tom Ford’s Womenswear Collection presentation at Milk Studios. It’s alphabet soup on the 20th, with parties thrown by UTA, WMA, and CAA. And don’t forget to squeeze in Nicole Kidman’s ‘Gold Meets Golden’ event at Equinox celebrating the Special Olympics/Academy Awards, the Weinstein Co’s fete in Bev Hills, the MPTF benefit on the Fox Lot, and, of course, the beachy keen Independent Spirit Awards—all of which fall on the day before Oscar Sunday. Whew! But it’s the parties that crop up after Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris says “goodnight” that merit special attention. You just sat through an almost-four-hour award show…now what?

1. The Governors Ball
Those holding a career-changing golden statue need to hop upstairs to get it engraved with their name at the Academy’s big party. The 1,500 invite-only guest list includes Oscar winners, noms, presenters, performers, and a select few other industry folk. Wolfgang Puck will be making din-din, and many times he’ll double as a door greeter. The engraving station is usually next to an enormous chocolate fountain—which I find to be a fine idea.

2. Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit
If you didn’t watch the show at the Dolby Theatre, David Furnish and hubby Elton John may have invited you to watch the show and have dinner at West Hollywood Park at their EJAF bash (now in its 23rd year). After the show, it is a primo stop on the A-list train. Nile Rodgers & CHIC are set to perform, and Elton usually sits down at the piano at some point. Best guess? “Rocketman.”

3. Vanity Fair
Don’t head to the Sunset Tower this year for Vanity Fair’s star-a-palooza, unless you want to miss the whole shebang. The party has moved to a custom-designed space between City Hall and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. It usually boasts the most eclectic guest list in town, from politicians to pop culture icons. No word on whether Amy Adams will attend as herself or as Channing Tatum’s human stole…that Hollywood cover…I dunno.

4. Fox Oscar Party
It’s like election night: To find the best party, follow the winners. It smells like Fox is going to have a bunch, with films like Birdman, Wild, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more. They will have Boa on Sunset shining.

5. Madonna and Guy Oseary’s House Party
Chez Oseary (the home of Madonna’s manager) is your last stop of the evening, if you can get through the door—ahem, press can’t—which is probably what makes it so much fun. Notables like Brad and Angie, Jennifer Lawrence, and even Madonna’s first husband, Sean Penn (with Charlize Theron in tow) all stayed and partied at Oseary’s abode last year. This celeb-only celebration may still be hopping into the wee hours of Monday morning.

See you on Sunday! I will be reporting backstage and then at the Governors Ball. Stay tuned.