The Oscars may span one evening, but the festivities go all week long. From From EMILY List's Collective Power of Women to Vanity Fair's infamous post-awards show party, L.A. was buzzing with the entertainment elite. Well, more than usual. We’re looking back at all the best events surrounding the 2022 Academy Awards.
On March 22, EMILY’s List presented its fifth annual Oscars week discussion. Titled “The Collective Power of Women,” the event highlighted the successes of women in politics and entertainment when the two sectors work together to lift each other up. “You have to be a true reflection of what the industry needs to be in front of the camera, behind the camera, and work where crew members are treated with respect with proper labor laws, proper working hours, and just, fair wages,” said Maitreyi Ramakrishnan during the event. Other attendees included Rep. Karen Bass, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Robin Thede, Bozoma Saint John, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chiney Ogwumike, Amber Tamblyn and executive director Emily Cain,
Ushering in a new tradition, The Latinx House hosted its first-ever pre-Oscars celebration at Issima in West Hollywood to honor the 2022 Academy Awards’ Latinx nominees. The intimate group included Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Marie, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Mishel Prada and the cast and crew members of Bestia, Encanto, Please Hold and West Side Story. With an event theme of power, culture and group, the evening featured a fireside chat with Dr. Ana Christina Ramón about how Hollywood is and is not evolving its representation of artists in front of and behind the camera.
The Oscar’s most exclusive gifting lounge took over the Beverly Wilshire on March 25 and 26. In support of the American Red Cross to benefit Ukraine, eBay and GBK Brand Bar welcomed Jordin Sparks, Pia Mia, Alana Haim, Stephanie Beatrice, Anthony Anderson, Ashley Greene, Nyle DiMarco, Liam Payne, Rebecca Black, Angela Bassett and Viola Davis among others.
On March 22, Vanity Fair celebrated Young Hollywood with a Bacardi Rum-sponsored party at legendary L.A. establishment Musso & Frank’s. Hosted by Alana Haim, Ariana DeBose and Giveon, attendees included Alexandra Daddario, Charlie Puth, Danielle Haim, Chloe Fineman, Gavin Leatherwood, Hunter Schafer, Joey King, Olivia Holt, Olivia Liang and Nat Wolff, among others.
Hosted by Lady Gaga, Billy Porter, Eric McCormack, Brandi Carlile and David Furnish, Elton John’s 30th annual party raised $8.6 million, which will go toward his AIDS Foundation and support their life-saving work to end AIDS. The event welcomed Demi Lovato, Kevin Costner, Zooey Deschanel, Donatella Versace, Fran Drescher, Patricia Arquette, Chris Pine, Lucy Hale, Heidi Klum, Liam Payne, Beck and Bobby Berk, among others. In addition to Carlile’s set, Elton live-streamed into the party from his Lincoln, Nebraska tour stop for performances of “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
At this point, it’s almost as if the Oscars happen so Vanity Fair can have its iconic post-show extravaganza. Here, stars that didn’t attend the Academy Awards converge on the navy carpet with the night’s big winners, who often save their best ensemble for this afterparty. With fashion at its best and Hollywood at its most celebratory (and likely most boozy), Vanity Fair’s celebration is the hottest ticket in town.
L.A. hosts a number of Oscar viewing parties around town, but no other venue can boast it was the original setting for the first-ever Academy Awards. Held in the historical Blossom Ballroom, cinema fans were treated to a spectacular four-course menu and endlessly flowing champagne. After CODA took home the night’s final award, guests poured out into the afterparty for a night of dancing and live music.
Photography by: Getty Images for EMILY’s List; Getty on Behalf of The Latinx House; Jesse Grant (Getty); Getty Images for Vanity Fair; Getty Images for Elton John AIDS; Rich Fury/VF22/Getty Images; Courtesy The Hollywood Roosevelt/The Point PR