An army of stars seen — and Heard — at the Four Seasons party
The room spun with friends-of-friends, and bosom buddies, and “Jon Snow,” and the guy who killed Versace, and even the slightly hazardous paths-cross of Lily-Rose Depp and her ex-stepmother, Amber Heard.
The annual InStyle party, during the fest! Saturday night! Held, as per usual, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and dipping down this year to the Four Seasons. That’s what!
Johnny’s model daughter, with Vanessa Paradis, was one of the belles of the party all right, spending time talking to both Robert Pattinson and Timothée Chalamet, during different quarters.
Matthew McConaughey came early, and stayed later.
Jude Law was the last celebrity standing.
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Melissa McCarthy, getting raves around for her TIFF flick, Can You Ever Forgive Me? was — amazingly — the second last celebrity standing. Looking fabulous, she and Jude had spent hanging out on a sofa, kibitzing for a long time — and where does the time go? Yes, we forgave her.
In a third-floor aerie made to emulate a highrise penthouse feel — complete with seating nooks with vast tables piled with outsized books (just in case you wanted to get in some reading while at the party) a DJ booth doubling as fireplace, and chandeliers lurking through Jack and the Beanstock-style greenery rising up to the ceiling — InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown, gamely greeted guests through the elegant bash. A little peck-and-chat with Olivia Wilde here; a little hi-how-are-you? with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and his director-wife, Sam, there.
Alexander Skarsgard loomed. Elle Fanning bloomed.
“I am usually a 8,” but at a TIFF party like this, a friend related, as we peered around at the beautiful and the nubile, “I am a 6 or 7.”
With the energy amped up high, there were several instances of impromptu dancing, and bodies tangling, in different corners of the room — something that I do not recall happening in the decade-plus I attended the party at its previous bolthole, in the Windsor Arms. At one point, I found myself being swept away by a Michael Jackson dance-off — after all these years, Billie Jean is still not their lover — led by fresh-faced star-on-the-rise-rise-rise, Stephan James.
It was all a La La Land/Moonlight collision, too — flashback from 2016! — as the two directors behind the two movies that were both winners of the Best Picture Oscar (one, well, for only two minutes) crossed paths, too, at this party. Barry Jenkins, here with his followup, If Beale Street Could Talk (such a beautiful movie! I caught it!), while Damien Chazelle is back in Toronto with his moon-landing portrait, First Man.
Catching up with Chazelle, the youngest fella to ever win Best Director, he confirmed to me that when thinking about the Ryan Gosling-led First Man, he though a lot about Donald Sutherland’s performance in the weeper Ordinary People, from the ’80s (astronaut Neil Armstrong and his wife had lost a child, so that might be the connection).
“He was not even nominated for Ordinary People!” I told Chazelle, pulling up out my Oscar recall (this, even though his co-stars Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton, famously were).
“He has never been nominated,” the director snapped back, as we both marvelled along to the injustice of an Oscar-less Donald Sutherland.
It was sometime after this that I caught Christian Slater mouthing the words to the song“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and then caught up with Darren Criss — yes, nominated for an Emmy (to be handed out next week) for his work in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. “I am just hanging,” he confirmed when I asked what had brought him to TIFF.
Sounded like a good enough reason to me.
Crossing paths with the likes of Kit Harington and Richard E. Grant, we also spotted the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Patrick J. Adams, Matt Bomer, Abbie Cornish, Patricia Clarkson, Dan Levy, Armie Hamer, and Jonah Hill.
John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, and Riz Ahmed, among others, gathered for late-night Spanish tapas the same night at Patria, on King, following the screening of their film, The Sisters Brothers.
Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovani