PARTY TRACKS

With the Oscars less than a week away, Hollywood began its party-packed race to Sunday night’s finish with two other awards shows this weekend — the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards and the Costume Designers Guild Awards — both honoring creative teams on the other side of the camera. At the Hair and Makeup Awards, Oscar nominees Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche and Ellen Burstyn bestowed honors on the very people who keep them in movie-star shape.
“Often you become very close because you let them see you the first thing in the morning,” explained Binoche, who says she’s made many a friend over sessions in the makeup trailer.
Friendship aside, Drew Barrymore insisted that her own makeup fetish was hereditary.
“All of the Barrymores felt this weird need to put makeup on and be monsters or be ugly or beautiful,” she said. “I’ve gone from a pimply teenager to a Charlie’s Angel.”
Across town at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the costume awards drew former Oscar honorees Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Hilary Swank.
Meanwhile, in New York, Conan O’ Brien and Gwyneth Paltrow joined forces on the Irving Plaza stage to introduce the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Robin Hood Foundation’s kickoff party for spring.
Back in Hollywood Sunday night, a troika of glamour queens in sassy knee-length dresses, including Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Hurley and Catherine Zeta-Jones, hit the red carpet at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport for Jaguar’s Tribute to Style, a benefit organized by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and yet another pre-Oscar party.
“I hope the ladies lose some of their decorum and let loose. I am,” boasted Zeta-Jones as Marc Anthony took the stage and J. Lo launched into her own salsa number.
“Tonight the party really feels like it’s started,” yelled Harden above the din. “March used to be such a boring month. Now I wish it would never end.”