RSVIP: Celebrating the SAG Awards
Sophisticated beyond her years, Ariel Winter, of "Modern Family," had just celebrated her 13th birthday. One didn't expect the tween to have caught "No Strings Attached" to celebrate. "I'm a very big fan of Natalie Portman," she told Luxist. "I recently met her at the Golden Globes. She's pregnant, and she's beautiful!"
Upstairs at the Chateau, a notorious hangout for Hollywood bad boys (Dennis Hopper in the 1960s) and fun-loving starlets, the back garden, reminiscent of a hilltop cloister in the north of France, had been tented with clear plastic. The five women who played the Ward and Eklund sisters in "The Fighter" were tressed like sirens, not like the bleached and teased 1980s throwbacks they played onscreen. Bianca Hunter, Cathy "Pork" Eklund, said endured a "double-process platinum blonde" coif for the film and a "gray tooth." Jenna Lamia, Sherri Ward, said her "Fighter" wardrobe consisted of "a yard of acid-washed denim."
Seated for dinner in an alcove to the right of the front desk, Mark Ruffalo and his wife joined Chevy Chase. "I tried to keep cool, but I had to drool on him a little bit," Ruffalo said of Chase while he and his wife made their way back to their room at the Chateau. "He's seriously cool."
Nearby, funny man David Spade carried two drinks with one hand.
The starry late-night garden party grew starrier as the Directors Guild Awards, which took place the same night, let out. Sofia Vergara, right, of "Modern Family," was the first to arrive with her boyfriend, Nick Loeb. He had been down for the count with a broken leg and a fractured pelvis in the last year, but he told Luxist that Vergara had seen him through the recovery. "I'm very lucky to have her taking care of me. Thank God for her!" Vergara herself was still basking in the fame of her fellow guests at the DGA Awards. "Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman, who is so-o-o gorgeous," she said.
Kevin Spacey arrived in a black chauffeured vehicle, speaking slowly, carefully, as if perhaps the wine had been flowing at the DGA Awards. "The Fighter" director, David O. Russell, was inspecting "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's massive gold-medallion DGA Award for Best Feature Film Director. Amy Poehler said that she was wearing "Club Monaco ... spread the word!"
After days of sun, the next morning, Hollywood awoke to a very gray SAG Awards Sunday. But the driving rain broke, and the sun appeared momentarily, causing the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium to become a plastic-tented terrarium.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, left, borrowed the famed Brangelina move, dutifully signing autographs for fans in the bleachers. Black lace covered the open back of Kidman's dress as she employed a Sharpie.
Justin Timberlake, sporting a skinny tie, surrounded by paparazzi and a bodyguard the size of two photo booths, also worked the fans.
Melissa Leo, who won her first SAG award that afternoon, stuck up for the success of "The Fighter" and its believers, she said, "because it's a great f-ing movie."
"Am I looking down at her?" kidded Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" while standing beside the ample cleavage of his co-star, Sofia Vergara.
James Franco may have lost an arm in "127 Hours," but he managed to place his right hand on the bare backside of the giant male bronze SAG award statue on the carpet.
Glee's Dianna Argon said she was wearing Chanel Haute Couture and noted that at the official SAG afterfete the year before, she had been sandwiched between Meryl Streep and Quentin Tarantino.
Jane Leeves, of "Hot in Cleveland," said she was "hoping to get a brush past Colin Firth."
"You'll have to knock me out of the way first," quipped Valerie Bertinelli.
As she offered Luxist a royal wave, Hilary Swank displayed back musculature worthy of a prizefighter, and a seriously curvy Kim Kardashian mentioned that she was wearing Marchesa and jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.
Helena Bonham Carter had on a Little Bo-Peep look from Marc Jacobs, with platform shoes, which she removed backstage after her fellow ensemble members, above, received SAG awards--Firth two of them, one of which he set down on the floor next to him and the other of which he cradled in his arms. He chided Bonham Carter when she was putting her shoes back on to be careful that she didn't end up with two different colors, as she had done (on purpose) at the Gloden Globes.
Backstage, winner Melissa Leo mentioned she had yet to call her mom. "I don't have my cell phone with me!"
A bearded Christian Bale appeared almost Amish backstage, where he mentioned that he had "never studied acting" and that every character he had played had led him to the same sinking feeling, "I've got no bloody clue how to start."
Naturally, the partying continued. The Weinstein Company, a big winner at the SAG Awards, hosted a Dewar's-fueled afterfete at the Sunset Tower Hotel--think mini burgers, coconut shrimp (an Amy Poehler favorite), and steak on skewers . . . followed by mini cupcakes.
Manly SAG winners Alec Baldwin and Colin Firth caught up with each other in the men's loo. At the party, Bonham Carter, none too tall without the big shoes, went barefoot. Chord Overstreet, a young stud muffin from "Glee," approached Bonham Carter and offered some kind words at eye level. She appeared touched.
Justin Timberlake, below, left, who turned 30 at midnight, got his drink on (not in a sloppy way) and was spotted schmoozing with Amanda Seyfried and Jon Hamm.
Ironically, Taye Diggs soloed on the dance floor to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." Luxist also spotted Mila Kunis, "Glee"'s Jane Lynch in periwinkle, and Julia Stiles.
And, as if Hollywood had not already turned this reporter's head, the next afternoon at a Coffee Bean on Santa Monica, while RSVIP penned this report, Paul Sorvino, Mira's dad, jogged in and ordered a pound of ground and an "isa coffee."
"You have a isa coffee?" he kidded the gent behind the counter. "Or you no have a isa
And the Actor for Best Iced-latte Order goes to . . . .