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Friday, March 10, 2006

Night of 100 Stars

This year I went to The Night of 100 Stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I walked the red carpet with the Hollywood crowd and was dazzled by hundreds of paparazzi on Sunday night at the 16th annual “Night of 100 Stars” Oscar viewing party. This charity event was hosted by Hollywood super-agent Norby Walters, who annually attracts some of the hottest stars from the past and present, including many former Academy Award winners. Among the rich and famous were Lou Diamond Phillips, Ernest Borgnine, Ed Asner, Traci Bingham, Julie Brown, Wink Martindale, Alan Thicke, John Schneider, Anthony Michael Hall, Dick Van Patten, Warren Moon, Lance Bass, Amber Smith and many more.

I watched the Academy Awards on a big screen, but was constantly distracted by rowdy cheers and applause from fellow actors jumping up and down every time somebody won an Oscar. Admittedly, it would have been more comfortable watching the Oscars at home where I could have curled up on my coach and kicked off my uncomfortable high heels, but there’s something to be said for getting all caught up in the energy of the Hollywood atmosphere.

My favorite moment was when Crash won for best picture. This movie was a powerful thought-provoking film that filled me with emotion. My biggest disappointment was when Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t bark his acceptance speech, as he promised he would on the David Letterman show.

In case you missed the big winners, here are the 78th Annual Oscar winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line

Best Supporting Actor
George Clooney in Syriana

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener

Best Director
Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain


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