By Florence Anthony
The Oscars may have been on last Sunday, but the buzz about the event is still flowing. I watched the awards ceremony at the fabulous “Night Of 100 Stars Viewing Dinner Gala,” which was at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The legendary Norby Walters, creator of this great night, reprised his role as the evening’s host. Celebs on hand included Adam Rodriguez, Bo Derek, Brian Thompson, Buzz Aldrin, Charlene Tilton, Coolio, Dave and Tanya Winfield, Dule Hill, Eddie Griffin, Florence LaRue, Gloria Allred, who was accompanied by one of Tiger Woods’ girlfriends. Loretta DeVine and her husband were at my table. John Salley was in the house. Freda Payne, who was supposed to attend the actual ceremony at the Kodak Center with Lou Gossett, was also at “Night of 100 Stars.” She told me that Lou, who is suffering from prostate cancer, wasn’t feeling well enough to go out that night, so she gave Norby a call, and he told her to come on over. A special thanks to Ed Lozzi. By the way, I wore $100,000 worth of diamonds on Oscar night, courtesy of Raju Rasiah, rare and exotic jewels of Beverly Hills. I wore the exquisite ring, shaped as a flower, home.
Oscar Weekend 2010 belonged to Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe. Both the Oscar winner and Oscar nominee reigned supreme over Hollywood all weekend. Although Gabby did not win the Oscar, she captured everybody’s heart. As for Mo’Nique, the Oscar winner is some kind of wonderful. Dressed in royal blue with a gardenia in her hair, the same color dress and flower that Hattie McDaniel, wore down the red carpet, when she became the first African American woman to win the Oscar for Gone With The Wind, Mo’Nique took over Hollywood for the weekend. Actress Shondrella Avery threw her a MAC sponsored luncheon on Saturday at Phillippe, which Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King popped by. The lunch also celebrated Estee Lauder’s $25,000 grant to Women Alive, a charity for women with AIDS/HIV.
Speaking of Oprah, according to the Chicago Sun Times, she was arm-in-arm with Gabourey Sidibe at the Academy Awards’ Governors Ball. The TV Queen joyfully joined Sidibe for interviews and laughed about “our double surprise.” Oprah and Gabby never consulted each other about their gowns – but like Mo’Nique, both chose deep royal blue. Oprah was thrilled about Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher being the surprise winner for Best Adapted Screenplay. Meanwhile, Gayle King disagreed with Tyler Perry saying last Sunday’s awards show was the only time you would hear his name at the Oscars. She told Tyler: “Not true. I predict you are going to win one day.” Tyler and Oprah had dinner at Table Fifty Two in Chicago on Thursday, before everyone headed west to L.A. for the Oscars.
Precious….based on The Novel Push by Sapphire, won five awards at Saturday night’s 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards, which included Best Picture, Gabourey Sidibe for Best Actress, Lee Daniels for Best Director, Mo’Nique for Best Supporting Actress and Geoffrey Fletcher for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Before Taraji P. Henson hit the Blue Carpet at the Spirit Awards; LG Electronics’ new high-performance Kompressor Vacuums worked overtime picking up last year’s sand, making the Blue Carpet sparkle at the new venue for this year’s Spirit Awards. Not your ordinary Blue Carpet, celebs had to work as they walked. For every presenter, performer and nominee who then took on their own “charitable chore” during the Live Awards Show, LG Electronics made an additional donation, helping the Film Independent Spirit Awards increase cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under represented filmmakers.
Meanwhile, Gabby Sidibe and Sherri Shepherd stopped by the On3 Backstage Gift Lounge for some FAGE Total Percent Yogurt, with the topping of their choices.
Asked about her role in Precious, Mariah Carey said: “So many people told me they didn’t even recognize me in the film. Trust me. That’s the best compliment anyone has ever made about my acting – and I owe it all to Lee Daniels.”