Vanity Fair Cancels Its Oscar Party

Magazine sides with strikers, takes year off from revels
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 2:33 PM CST
Madonna arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's in West Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 25, 2007. Vanity Fair has canceled its annual Oscars celebration.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) Vanity Fair is canceling its annual Oscar party in solidarity with Hollywood's striking writers, and others affected by the walkout, reports Variety. Even though it appears the strike may be settled by Academy Awards night, a spokeswoman for the magazine said "it didn't seem like the appropriate time to throw a big party." The cancellation comes as the Academy president insists that the Oscars will go on Feb. 24, strike or no strike.

The absence of the Vanity Fair party, hands-down the most glamorous fête of the night, leaves a lot of A-list stars all dressed up and with space on their dance card. Who will fill the gap? The Academy's Governors Ball looks likely to acquire new glitter, and a new individual or organization could still come forward. "There were people who didn't have Oscar parties because they didn't want to piss off Vanity Fair and not get invited," said one event planner.