The Best Oscar After Parties

Statues have been handed out, and now it’s time to celebrate!

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

As I type this, at 1am, Oscar after parties are still swinging. The famed “Vanity Fair” party is showing no signs of slowing down, after all, the late shift guests have been there for just over an hour. Late shift you say? Yes, it’s a dirty little not-so-secret secret, that Vanity Fair party invites land at your door with your designated arrival time emblazoned on the front. The earlier you are allowed to appear, the more important you are, at least in the eyes of “Vanity Fair” Editor-in-Chief, Graydon Carter. The first guests swished in to the Sunset Tower Hotel, VF’s relatively new party venue, right after the Oscar show. Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Bieber with girlfriend Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Cameron Diaz, and the like. Then each half hour thereafter, more celebrities with less pull arrived, the last trickling in at 11:30pm. And don’t try to arrive any earlier than requested, or face certain humiliation at the door. Some famous guests, insulted by their late-shift allocation, threatened not to attend if their arrival times weren’t pushed up. They didn’t get their way, and they showed up anyway. Wouldn’t you? The mass of humanity gathered outside the party was impressive to say the least. Fans and paparazzi filled the sidewalk across the street from the hotel, ten people deep and a long block wide, each eager to get a glimpse of Hollywood royalty. And while the In-N-Out Burger truck hummed out front, the photo booth was the main draw inside. But enough about Vanity Fair, not to be outdone, Elton John’s party had an In-N-Out Burger truck too! And then there are the after, after, Oscar parties just getting underway. At this late/early hour, it remains to be seen which will lure the biggest names. Will it be Madonna, and Demi Moore’s, held at the Hollywood Hills home of Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary? Or will it be James Franco’s after, after shindig at the Supper Club Los Angeles that will win the night? Where would you go?

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