ACADEMY AWARDS NIGHT
New Yorkers Hail Oscar
At Le Cirque And Elaine’s
Story by Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Rob Rich
EST you think all the fun was in Los Angeles on Academy Awards night, know that some very lucky New Yorkers were able to score an invitation to the chicest Oscar viewing party in Gotham.
We’re talking about the official New York Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar night bash sponsored by legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni at his very posh Le Cirque.
Maccioni, Arlene Dahl, husband Marc Rosen, and Arthur Manson, New York Academy Awards event chairmen, have hosted the private screening every year for a very select group of New Yorkers who can’t take time out of their schedule to jet to L.A. and choose to watch the festivities a mere taxi ride from home.
Among the crowd sipping champagne and dishing up stories that equaled Le Cirque’s tasty fare were: Oscar winners Celeste Holm, Cliff Robertson, Sid Ramis and Marty Richards along with former Mayor Ed Koch, Rita Gam, Tina Louise, Richard Thomas, Diane Baker, Jamie de Roy, Sylvia Miles, Israel Horowitz and Eileen Fulton.
Noted film historian, writer and columnist Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter’s debonair man-on-the scene, treated the crowd to wonderful anecdotes from his new book, 75 Years of Oscar: The Official History of The Academy Awards.
Further uptown, Elaine’s was jammed with New York glitterati from politicos to film stars as the inimitable Elaine Kaufman welcomed regulars to her Upper East Side boite.
On hand cheering (and occasionally booing) were the likes of Matt Dillon, Mariska Hargitay, Gabriel Byrne, John Lequizamo, Rose McGowan and Oscar winners Liza Minnelli and Tatum O’Neal.