Last Night's Parties: Social Network Sweeps National Board of Review Awards, Johnny Weir Hangs With Robin Byrd

by Mara Siegler · January 12, 2011

Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer,  Jesse EisenbergAll the stars from this year's biggest movies came out to congratulate themselves for being talented and beautiful and wealthy, GQ's Jim Nelson got picky about wine, Anderson Cooper partied with Arianna Huffington, and Johnny Weir welcomed New York to his world! What other fabulous things happened last night?

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala

Where: Cipriani 42nd Street

Who Was There: Jesse Eisenberg, Lesley Manville, Christian Bale, Jacki Weaver, Jennifer Lawrence, David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, Chris Sparling, Sofia Coppola, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Paul Rudd, Stephen Colbert, Kevin Spacey, Armie Hammer, John Hodgman, Robin Wright, Oliver Platt, Melissa Leo, Bob Woodruff, M. Night Shyamalan

Other Details: The who's who of the film industry came out last night for the East Coast's biggest award ceremony of the season. On the eve of yet another epic New York winter storm, Ben Affleck kept things upbeat. When asked what he liked to do when visiting New York, he answered: “I’m going to have a good time in the snow tonight.” He was joined by Blake Lively, his costar in "The Town," who was dressed in purple as well as his wife, Jennifer Garner decked in a fuchsia dress. Wonder if they coordinated? As for the winners, "The Social Network" cleaned up big taking home the prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor. [Via]

45th Annual Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award Dinner

Mary Alice StephensonWhere: Waldorf Astoria

Who Was There: Manny Chirico, Jeff Kantor, Cecilia Dean, Stephen Gan, James Kaliardos, Mary Alice Stephenson, Glenda Bailey Peter Sachse

Other Details: Mary Alice Stephenson hosted the event and spoke with us about how she chose to style Michelle Obama for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. We've got more on that HERE. Glenda Baily, EIC of the mag, gave us her analysis of the print pubs sustainability in the digital age HERE.


GQ celebrates its pick of Lincoln as the Best Restaurant of the Year

Where: Lincoln

Who Was There: Jim Nelson, Jonathan Benno

Other Details: Despite naming Lincoln the best restaurant of the year, GQ Editor in Chief Jim Nelson isn't always happy with everything they serve him. Unhappy with a glass of Primitivo wine, he had his assistant Eric Sullivan fetch something more suitable. [Via]


Where: 230 Fifth Ave

Who Was There: Matthew Modine, B.D. Wong, Johnny Weir, Oksana Baiul, Isaac Mizrahi, Randy Jones, Marc Bouwer, Sarah Hughes, Carmen Carrera, Mimi ImFurst, Dick Button, Derek Saathoff

Other Details: Johnny Weir hit 230 5th after visiting the Empire State Building, signing copies of his new book "Welcome to My World," at Borders and changing his outfit. You can never have too many outfit changes. Did you guys hear he is gay? Crazy. A bunch of ice skaters were in attendance, as well as the guy who plays Dr. George Huang on Law & Order, and public access cables favorite soft-core porn show hostess Robin Byrd. Obviously this was best party of the night. Of his success he said, “It’s so surreal. I have a song that I can skate to, I have a book that I can read, I have a television program that I can watch. It’s really, really crazy.” [Via] Here he is enjoying the city while promoting himself.


Where: The Home of Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans

Who Was There: Anderson Cooper, Spencer Reiss, Arianna Huffington, Tina Brown, Christiane Amanpour, Diane von Furstenberg, Diane Sawyer, Barry Diller

Other Details: Tina Brown and Ken Jautz feted the newest addition to the CNN line-up. Piers Morgan is set to take Larry Kings spot and save the network from itself. It's supposed to act as a lifeline for CNN but so was Parker Spitzer so we'll just have to see how things play out. Silver Fox Anderson Cooper was on hand. No word yet on whether or not Andy Cohen prank called him during the party. [Via]

McDonalds Flavor Battle Presented by COMPLEX MEDIA

Where: Arena

Who Was There: DJ JayCeeOh, Steph Floss, DJ Hella Yella, Fabolous, Rob Jackson, Spinderella

Other Details: Mcdonalds and Complex teamed up to throw a DJ battle to see who has the coolest flavor. Flavor/flavor-get it? Ha, ha, ha, totally makes me want a Big Mac. Like, stat. Fabolous acted as a judge with the winner receiving $10,000. Salt n' Peppa's Spinderella was on hand to cut it up one time for the ladies, all the ladies, who were louder now and then helped her out. O_M_G_Girl Tweeted: "Mc Dee's Flavor battle was crazy ! Fabulous is very that,so layed back gotta luv him."