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Chanel painted colorful camelias and interlocking Cs on the walls of Odeon Wednesday night for the house’s 5th annual artists’ dinner in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival.

Yoko Ono, Zoe Kravitz, Kristen Bell, Selma Blair, Zach Braff, Amanda Brooks and Lisa Airan filed into the restaurant for cocktails. Juror Abbie Cornish, whose arrival set off a flashbulb frenzy, was coming off a long day of deliberating the festival’s world documentary prize. “There are so many amazing documentaries. To separate them is very difficult,” she said, “because you’re dealing with different issues, different countries, different times, different people. How do you compare one to the other?”

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Cornish’s rumored paramour Josh Hartnett was not in attendance, but the actress was in the company of a co-star—kind of. She just finished shooting “Dark Fields” with festival founder Robert DeNiro, who was also at the dinner though the two had never met. “DeNiro starts on Monday. I’ve already wrapped up,” she said. “But he’s an awesome guy.”

Olivia Thirlby had never met the actor either and she wasn’t planning on doing so that night either. “I’m going to leave him alone and just stare at him from across the room,” said the actress who’s about to head to Moscow to shoot a sci-fi flick with Emile Hirsch. “There are enough people accosting him,” she continued. “I’ll just make eyes from a distance.”

Thirbly ended up taking off before dinner, but the rest of the crowd sat down to beet salad, roast chicken, steak and frites. Afterwards, everyone pocketed the glossy coffee table books by artists including Kehinde Wiley and Ryan McGinness that were spread throughout the eatery.

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