'Les Mis' cast has a laugh at pre-Oscar party
Posted February 22, 2013
Pre-Oscar party fun was in full swing Wednesday at another Vanity Fair L.A. soiree.
The mag, which has bashes planned all week until its biggie on Sunday night after the Academy Awards, teamed with Chrysler to throw a twinkly, more intimate charity cocktail party in honor of the cast of Les Miserables.
With chilly weather prompting the need for free-standing heaters inside and out, several of the film's stars, including Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, ducked quickly inside Eveleigh restaurant. (Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman were no-shows.)
Tucked into one corner in the back, the gang laughed and chatted, mostly with each other. Hathaway was offered many well-wishes for her best-supporting-actress nomination. She smiled and graciously said, "Thanks." But she seemed to have the most fun when talking to her co-stars.
While journalists were allowed to mingle at the party, stars didn't do a red carpet line and didn't want to be interviewed.
Director Tom Hooper didn't mind chatting, however. He said he had just arrived in town. "This is pretty much the first party."
And how's he feeling? "I'm excited the cast is going to perform on the Oscars. It's a great honor to the film." Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Wednesday that Hathaway, Redmayne, Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will be singing as part of a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade.
And speaking of singing, what did Hooper think about the criticism of Russell Crowe's singing? "What's interesting is there are many critics who singled him out as loving it. I personally think he's great in the film. He anchors it in a brilliant way. And I know who else I could have cast - and I still stand by him."
So, what's next for Hooper? "No idea."
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