Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2023: Stars mingled, danced and celebrated

(CNN) With the third anniversary of the start of Covid-19 lockdowns this month, Oscar Sunday this year felt like a time when stars were finally more relaxed and open to being out and about. That ease of freewheeling was in full effect at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills overnight.

While newly minted Oscar darling Jamie Lee Curtis was surely fast asleep as the party reached its climax, the night’s three other winners in the acting categories – Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh and Brendan Fraser – were all in attendance and received endless showers of praise and congratulations. Fraser received a celebratory hug from former Oscar winner Marlee Matlin. Moments later, he was seen catching up with his “Blast from the Past” co-star Alicia Silverstone in what was sure to be a blast from the past (that movie starring Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken came out a whopping 24 years ago).

(From left) Finneas O’Connell, Claudia Sulewski, Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Billie Eilish looked sensational in a huge black taffeta dress before changing into a simpler black suit to move around the party with greater ease alongside Jesse Rutherford. “Girls” stars Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke were seen catching up in line heading into the glitzy party, while three “White Lotus” Season 2 cast members – Sabrina Impacciatore, Adam DiMarco and Beatrice Grannò – hung out steps away. At one point, Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek passed by and went straight to the photo line at the main entrance to the party.

Inside, as In-N-Out burgers were served, Kate Bosworth and Justin Long were spotted lining up for a photo booth. Mindy Kaling made her way through the crowd with BJ Novak in tow. Winnie Harlow danced. Kate Hudson hung out with her half-brother, actor Wyatt Russell. And Sigourney Weaver reminded everyone what a movie star was just by sitting on a banquette and radiating the most magnetic of auras.

Ashley Graham on the photo line at the party entrance.

Towards the end of the evening, CNN asked Ashley Graham about her interview with a seemingly reluctant Hugh Grant during the pre-Oscars show. Graham said in good humor: “My mum always told me to kill them with kindness,” before adding that she felt “very supported” in the hours following the Oscars as her exchange with the Briton began to trending on Twitter.

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