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Diamonds, Blue Body Paint, and Clooney

Hollywood Reveals Its Obsessions on Pre-Oscar Circuit

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Zoe Saldana   
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The majority of Academy Award voters and winners are male; heck, even the trophy itself is a golden man. A couple of last night's pre-Oscar festivities, though, refocused the spotlight on the fairer sex. "It's good to be Cinderella for a day—enjoy it," Crash producer Cathy Schulman advised the award nominees scattered throughout the crowd at a cocktail party for the Hollywood nonprofit Women in Film. Most of the females being fêted had distinguished themselves on the non-emoting side of the camera, but draped on the bar was a leather-jacketed Michelle Rodriguez, and Camilla Belle paused to say she'd be pulling for Sandra Bullock on Sunday—"she's finally getting respect!" Also circulating at producer Peter Guber's Bel Air residence was Estée Lauder capo John Demsey, who boasted that MAC Cosmetics had given makeup to six of the ten productions in the running for Best Picture, including Avatar. "Body paint," he explained. "It takes a lot of makeup to make yourself blue."

And a lot of work to make yourself fabulous, which is why Louis Vuitton and Glamour threw a dinner in appreciation of stylish young stars, many outfitted by the label, on the rooftop of the brand's boutique on Rodeo Drive. Amanda Seyfried insisted she'd become a cover girl despite herself. "I'm a pain in the ass to my stylist and my publicist, to an extent, because I don't like to play dress-up," she confessed. For Rashida Jones, awards-season outings have one major perk: "Diamonds! I have some of my own, but anytime I can borrow them, I'm happy." And come Sunday, Actress in a Supporting Role nominee Anna Kendrick's look will be less important than entertaining her mother, who's flying in from Maine to join her. Top priority: introducing mom to a certain co-star named Clooney. "I haven't arranged it officially, but I have enough pull with George that I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out," Kendrick reported. "I hope I'm not being presumptuous by saying that."

Over at the Gagosian Gallery, meanwhile, the man of the hour was not an actor but the photographer Andreas Gursky. And the crowd at the opening and dinner that followed wasn't strictly Hollywood but featured artists (Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari), designers (Hedi Slimane, Kate Mulleavy, Vera Wang), and, OK, the likes of Adrien Brody and Sunday night's host-to-be, Steve Martin.

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