Graydon Carter's bash was so exclusive that an unidentified couple paid $60,000 at the charity auction at Elton John's party (see story below left) to attend the party with Elton. The soiree drew all the Oscar nominees and winners including the victorious "Slumdog Millionaire" posse. They were joined by Dennis Hopper, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott, Sidney Poitier, Michael Douglas, Uma Thurman and fiancé Arki Busson. Larry David came with his date, Sherry Stringfield.
This weekend's Oscar parties gave a huge kick-in-the-pants to business at other LA hotels, too: there was a Weinstein Co. and Valentino Garavani event held at the brand new Andaz West Hollywood, where a source told the NY Post that "Victoria Beckham was caught 'rolling her eyes at Kathy Hilton and walking away from her'" (oh snap!).
And the night before the Oscars at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Jeffrey Katzenberg threw a bash where guests reportedly "kept to themselves" among big names Ben Stiller, Steven Speilberg, Jennifer Aniston, J. Lo, Marc Anthony, Seth Rogen and Christopher Walken.