NIGHT OF 100 STARS OSCAR PARTY
By Jennifer Buonantony
Credit, Michelle Romano, Nathan Sills
Oscar night features an array of parties vying for celebrity attention. But, the Night of 100 Stars, now in its 22nd year has proven to be one of the top choices for current and past Academy Awards Winners. After the red carpet, we attended the event which took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom.
The evening featured a formal dinner during the show and a party afterward and was produced by veteran music agent, Norby Walters and co-hosted by TV personality, Tamara Henry. The event draws media from ABC's Good Morning America & ABCNews.com, People, The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily News, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. This year's party will be part of a live stream produced by Beverly Hills Courier TV and broadcast over FOXNews.com.
The dinner includes a five star gourmet cuisine accompanied by Oscar themed drinks like 'The Moneyball' (a gimlet made with Hangar One Vodka and Lime Juice Cordial served over an ice ball) created by the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel mixologist.
This party was first launched back in 1990 at the Mondrian hotel by Norby Walters (known for managing Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, and Luther Vandross). The idea was to have a party and a place where thespians who were not nominated that year could join together and enjoy the evening minus the competition. Over time, the venue has changed (including the Roxbury Club, Century Club, and Chasens) before settling on its long-time home at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. One thing has remained consistent- the party always brings in more celebrities than it's '100 Stars' moniker.
Over the years, celebrity attendees have included Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Fonda, Jamie Foxx, Lou Gossett Jr., Dennis Hopper, Martin Landau, Tony Shaloub, Anna Nicole Smith, Rob Schneider, Jennifer Tilly, and Harry Hamlin, among Hollywood's most notable stars.
On the carpet this year, we spotted guests Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Garey Busey (Lethal Weapon, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and Tara Reid (American Pie), to name a few.