January 28, 2008 12:00 PM

KATE WALSH in Azzaro at The Art of Elysium gala in L.A.

ALICIA KEYS in Naeem Khan at the BET Honors in Washington, D.C.

RACHEL BILSON in Dior by John Galliano at The Art of Elysium gala in L.A.

KERRY WASHINGTON in Marchesa at the BET Honors in Washington, D.C.

JENNIFER GARNER in Brian Reyes at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures gala in N.Y.C.

JOY BRYANT in Zac Posen at The Art of Elysium gala in L.A.


Just because the Golden Globes was scrapped doesn’t mean celebs huddled at home all weekend. They flocked to the BET Honors in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12 and the American Film Institute Awards luncheon Jan. 11. But the hot spot was the 10th anniversary gala for The Art of Elysium, a charity that lifts sick children’s spirits by bringing art into their lives. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford smooched during the Jan. 12 dinner, cosponsored by Ford and Cartier. And while Globe nominees Sally Field, Casey Affleck and Patricia Arquette were glad to party without crossing a picket line, Juno’s Jason Bateman had big plans for what would have been his night at the Globes: “I’ll be watching football!”

The Art of Elysium Gala

Jan. 12

AFI Awards

Jan. 11


Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett may have received awards, but there were no real winners when the Golden Globes were announced Jan. 13. The 10-week Writer’s Guild of America strike over whether writers get a cut of Internet revenues made by their films and shows scuttled the ceremony, causing an estimated $80 million in lost revenue for the city of L.A., where stylists, caterers and limo drivers were left twiddling their thumbs. That could be just the beginning. Three huge awards shows are still to come—the Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jan. 27), Grammy Awards (Feb. 10) and Academy Awards (Feb. 24)—and their fates are anything but certain. Here’s the latest:


The show will go on! Producers received a waiver from the Writer’s Guild, ensuring no picket lines and full attendance from both scribes and the actors’ guild members, who have been boycotting in solidarity.


The WGA says it plans to picket the ceremony. If so, artists like Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys (who are also SAG members) and actors slated to present would likely skip the show. (Grammy reps had no comment.)


“At this point, it’s bleak,” says WGA-West Assistant executive director Jeff Hermanson. A rep for the Academy counters, “All I can tell you is that we are moving forward with our plans.” If the Oscars are cancelled, the city will lose an estimated additional $130 million in revenue. “Those are significant figures,” says Hermanson. But for now, apparently not significant enough to restart the long-dormant WGA negotiations.

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