After the 90th Academy Awards last Sunday (Monday morning in Manila), the A-list stars ditched their designer formals meant to dazzle onstage and slipped into more comfortable but no less stylish getups for the many Oscar after parties.
First was the Governor’s Ball where the stars feasted on Wolfgang Puck’s delicious viands and snacks. The celebration continued at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by its new editor, Radhika Jones.
Their stylists made sure the female stars were still in signature numbers, but were now more relaxed for the parties that lasted till dawn. The male celebs also loosened their bow ties and took off their tuxedo jackets.
Elton John and Madonna hosted exclusive parties in Hollywood Hills. George Clooney’s started at 5 a.m., with a big breakfast. Non-cinema guests included Monica Lewinsky and Caitlyn Jenner. The sports people were also there—Lindsey Vonn, Kobe Bryant—along with the openly gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon. (Rippon, in a tuxedo styled with a harness, happily sat outdoors in the chilly 50-degree weather.)
The new term that night was a question on everyone’s mind: What exactly is an “inclusion rider?”
Best Actress winner Frances McDormand said she had learned of the term only recently, at a dinner on Friday, and decided it would make for a hell of a kicker to an Oscar acceptance speech.
Her agent brought along the document in question. The rider is meant to recognize “that increasing the number of females and individuals from other under-represented groups auditioning for supporting roles, and casting them whenever possible in a manner that retains story authenticity, will facilitate employment and create a stronger pipeline for more diverse representation on screen.”
In other words, A-list celebs using their clout to force producers to hire more minorities for film projects. Star power, indeed.