W Magazine’s annual pre-Globes bash at Chateau Marmont, tied to its February “Best Performances” portfolio, has become a coveted invite during Globes week.
In the spirit of keeping the bar high, the magazine took a cue from Vanity Fair’s post-Oscar party playbook by instituting staggered times, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In the first group: Reese Witherspoon, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Quvenzhané Wallis, Miles Teller, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo and Cara Delevingne. “I’m just a plus one this year,” said Kruger, who’ll be attending the awards ceremony with boyfriend Jackson, whose Showtime series “The Affair” is nominated for best drama series. That won’t stop her from dressing to the nines (all signs point to BFF Jason Wu). Inside the cozy penthouse, guests of editor Stefano Tonchi either sat inside by the fire (Teller and Duvall) or made themselves at home on the terrace, where it was unusually warm for an L.A. winter.
“I’m going to this and a few other parties,” Wallis told fellow tween, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” star Mackenzie Foy. It’s safe to say the actresses were the youngest guests, at 12 and 14, respectively. Both were perched on an ottoman, ankles crossed and hands in their laps, aware of the watchful eyes of their chaperones. “Have fun, have a drink. Well, not a real drink,” advised editor at large Lynn Hirschberg. It was still early, so the non-actor folk had the opportunity to chat up nominees, as power publicist Stan Rosenfield did with Witherspoon. She was enjoying the attention, though. “It’s been wonderful to hear peoples’ responses and to watch [“Wild,” for which she is nominated for best actress] keep climbing in the box office is extraordinary. We didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been surpassing our every expectation. Even the studio was like, ‘We had no idea.’ There was such a hunger, I think, to see a woman in a different capacity, like woman vs. nature,” said Witherspoon. “I think people connect to the book and the story, whether it’s the outdoor, natural aspect of hiking, or divorce or loss of a parent or a great love.”
Elsewhere on the terrace, Michelle Monaghan and her husband Peter White enjoyed a date night. “We have a six-year-old and a 14-month-old and they keep us pretty busy,” she said. Back inside, the music level went up a notch as Delevingne and pal Toni Garrn started shimmying in their skintight frocks. “Only a 20-year-old could pull that off,” remarked Katherine Ross, as she watched the pair take selfies in a bedroom converted for that express purpose, complete with reverse-lens Polaroids and a huge mirror. “I’m not giving you any more looks,” Delevingne said in a mock grumpy voice to an official photographer trying to capture them in the moment.
Soon, the 9 p.m. batch breezed in with a decidedly different air — Marg Helgenberger, Naya Rivera and Paula Patton among them. “The TV crowd,” said one earlier guest. There were however, still some A-listers in the late arrivals, including Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain, who hit the Audi bash earlier. She arrived just in time to see four firemen storm through onto the terrace. “Are they strippers?” she asked Tonchi. Actually, they were real firemen, who decreed the party overbooked and no longer admitting guests at 9:15 p.m. That left Rose McGowan and others out in the hotel’s hallway, unsure whether to wait or bail. “What should we do? I might be over it,” she said to her companion, although as person after person trickled out, she eventually got in.