Happy Oscar weekend, everyone! The big day may not be here quite yet, but the pre-parties have been going strong—and everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Eddie Redmayne have been making the rounds. We’ve been party-hopping with them to bring you all the behind-the-scenes action! Here’s what we saw!
Last night, Jennifer Lawrence joined Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman for the 9th Annual Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party. The event honored all 51 women in front of and behind the camera who have been nominated for an Oscar this year. J.Law skipped the red carpet, but snuck in to the venue, where she made an unplanned speech praising Patricia Arquette for starting that much-needed conversation about equal pay and gender equality. “Equal pay for women!” she emphatically announced before leaving the stage. (Head to our Snapchat at glamourmag for more from the event before it disappears!)
Also at the WIF party (presented by Max Mara, BMW, MAC Cosmetics, Perrier-Jouet, and Fiji water) was Alicia Vikander, who dropped by after reuniting with The Danish Girl costar Eddie Redmayne at the Film Is Great British reception. Vikander graciously posed for photos even though the photographers kept pronouncing her name wrong (it’s Ah-liss-see-ya, not Ah-leash-a).
While Vikander joined fellow actresses Lake Bell, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Landecker, and more inside the event, Eddie Redmayne was still holding court down the road at Melrose Place hotspot Fig & Olive. There, Oscar nominees from the United Kingdom were honored by the British Consul General, Chris O’Connor, at the Film Is Great Reception. James Corden emceed the event, and Gordon Ramsey prepared a special menu for the mostly British attendees (also including Patrick Stewart and Minnie Driver, who shared a warm welcome hug upon their arrivals).
Love this reunion video of #EddieRedmayne & @JKCorden at the #Oscars British nominees film reception! @glamourmag pic.twitter.com/LqpAPCcwX4
— Jessica Radloff (@JRadloff) February 27, 2016
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, Cadillac (the official vehicle sponsor of the Oscars) kicked things off with a swanky party at Hollywood’s iconic Chateau Marmont. Inside the event, Modern Family co-stars Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson chatted with co-creator and executive producer, Steve Levitan. Although Modern Family wraps production on its seventh season early next month (don’t worry, it will be back in the fall and new episodes will continue to air through May), Burrell has a busy spring and summer ahead with promotional duties for Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. Burrell will voice Baley, a beluga whale who meets Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) at the Monterey Marine Life Institute.
Also at the Cadillac party was powerhouse actresses Kate Walsh (who had a bit of a zipper-malfunction with her dress prior to the soiree) and Allison Janney. Is it us or do the two look like they could totally play sisters? Someone cast Walsh in Janney’s Mom, stat!
Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt arrived at the party in Cadillac’s newest luxury sedan, the CT6, in a gorgeous black and white Roland Mouret dress. Later in the evening, she joked around with Janney and actor Andrew Rannells. She was also overheard telling diehard Downton fans that everyone ends up in a good place at the end of the series.
In Beverly Hills, Unite4:Good and Variety held the third annual Unite4:Humanity event presented by Karma, which honored Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Wilde, Gina Rodriguez, and Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller, for their charitable contributions and philanthropic work. YouTube star and anti-bullying activist Bethany Mota was also on hand to present at the event and joked that her glowing skin was not the result of a new highlighting cream. “My air-conditioner is broken, so it was 80 degrees inside my house! I was so afraid all my makeup was going to slide off, but [it does provide you with] a dewy glow!” As for Mota’s next big project, she’s teaming up with YouTube’s Tyler Oakley for Camp17, designed for kids ages 10 to 16, who want to hang out with their favorite digital stars: “We’re so used to reading comments and doing everything online, so to not just like, meet them in person, but to actually go to camp with them! It’ll be fun, and I can’t wait.”
Speaking of personal endeavors, The Mindy Project‘s Adam Pally (who emceed the Unite4:Humanity event) told Glamour that he has family ties to the National Stuttering Association: “It’s a cause that’s near to me, [but] I don’t know if it gets a ton of national exposure. I think it’s important.” Meanwhile, we’ll see lots more of Pally back on The Mindy Project, even though his character, Peter, moved away. “I’m forever coming back to Mindy!” he laughed. “Those guys are amazing. They’re the best. If they write for me and I can swing it, I [will] be there in a second.” But when it comes to movies, who is Pally rooting for at the Oscars this weekend? “I’m kind of hoping that Inside Out does well.”
Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez was delighted (“It’s badass!”) to be honored with the event’s Young Humanitarian Award for her work with her We Will foundation, which focuses on arts education and scholarship funding for the less fortunate. Considering Rodriguez loves to root for the underdog, it should come as no surprise that she’s rooting for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the movie Creed come Oscar night. “I love him! I was rooting for him at the Golden Globes, just because he deserves to be recognized!”
Congrats to my girl @HereIsGina on her Young Humanitarian Award for #WeWill at the unite4:humanity gala! @glamourmag pic.twitter.com/SG1JphIxYg
— Jessica Radloff (@JRadloff) February 26, 2016
So what’s next this Oscar weekend? Today is the Independent Spirit Awards held at the beach in Santa Monica and most of the Oscar nominees will be in attendance. We’ll be Snapchatting from the red carpet starting at 1 P.M. E.T., so follow along along at glamourmag for all the celebrity snaps and videos!
The Oscars air live on Sunday night on ABC at 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT.
Photos: Getty Images; Jessica Radloff