Did Gwyneth Paltrow really get her CAA friends to snub the Vanity Fair party?


When you’re in the machinery of covering the Oscars after just a few hours of sleep, you miss some things. My blind spot was and is the photos from the after-parties. Many of the pics come in throughout the day on Monday after the Oscars, and usually the Vanity Fair party gets a better guest list than the actual Oscars. While the VF party was very well-attended this year, I did notice (and then promptly forgot in the heat of yesterday’s coverage) that the VF party seemed… quiet. Quieter than usual. Many of the Oscar nominees attended of course, but there was no Brangelina, no Meryl Streep, no Sandra Bullock. Very few A-listers came out just to party (where was Cameron Diaz? George Clooney? Jennifer Aniston?) and it just seemed like… I don’t know, maybe it wasn’t the best VF party.

But the NYDN reports that this might have been a concerted effort by Gwyneth Paltrow and her publicist Stephen Huvane to kneecap VF’s party after the kerfuffle with Vanity Fair’s Goop story. Even though Graydon Carter folded (like a cheap suit), Goop’s still mad? Dame Goop has deigned to punish a publication. Great.

The Oscars’ hottest and most exclusive afterparty, the Vanity Fair bash, was held in West Hollywood Sunday night, with a handful of A-listers, including Gwyneth Paltrow, failing to show. The absences came after the backlash that hit the mag’s editor, Graydon Carter, when he tried to do a tell-all profile on Paltrow.

In an editorial in the March 2014 Hollywood Issue, Carter admitted he canned the piece after an extremely upset Paltrow called him personally and then charmed him into dropping it.

Now Confidenti@l has learned from a well-placed source that CAA agents may have suggested to top talent that they should consider another party instead — like Madonna’s ultra-exclusive post-Oscars bash.

Although Paltrow is represented by Tracey Jacobs at UTA, her publicist is Stephen Huvane. Stephen’s brother, Kevin Huvane, is an uber-agent and managing partner at CAA, which reps Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock, who all skipped the VF bash. However, Anne Hathaway, who shares a publicist with Paltrow, did attend the magazine’s party, along with host Ellen Degeneres, who smooched her wife Portia de Rossi and Bono all at once.

“They couldn’t pull everyone. That would have been too obvious,” our source says.

Although Stephen Huvane assures us there is no connection, our source insists there is.

“That is absolutely not true,” Stephen counters. “CAA doesn’t even represent Gwyneth, so your logic doesn’t make sense. Gwyneth didn’t go to any of the big parties on Oscar night,” he says.

It’s not as though Paltrow’s invite was lost in the mail. Vanity Fair told E! News last month that Paltrow, a fixture at past VF parties, had been invited to attend this year, too.

[From The NY Daily News]

Yeah, I kind of believe the NYDN’s source. I think this was Gwyneth’s petty, high-school Mean Girl way of snubbing Vanity Fair after what they had put her through. Plus, she’s still pissed that she has someone in her team leaking crap to randoms. Even if Gwyneth’s agent isn’t with CAA, Kevin Huvane is notorious for playing hardball on behalf of his stable of clients, and Kevin and Stephen Huvane are two of the biggest power players in LA. If they want to snub you, they will find a way. And it looks like they found a way to kneecap Vanity Fair.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Cora says:

    George Clooney is working in London.
    He never attends the Oscars or the after-parties unless he’s nominated (for acting, producing, etc).

    • emmie_a says:

      If he’s working I’ll give him a pass — but it would have been nice if he was there to support the heavily nominated movie he was in.

  2. Juliette says:

    Or maybe its because Vanity Fair held their “exclusive” party in a parking lot and everyone was just really grossed out.

    Serious downgrade from the Sunset Towers.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Gwynny did try to pull a stunt like that, but at the same time Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Anniston and George Clooney weren’t at the Oscars either. Maybe it was just a quiet year because it was a quiet year? Not everything has to be a conspiracy.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      it was a quiet red carpet,a quiet show and a quiet after party this year

      • dizzylucy says:

        I agree – I don’t think it had anything to do with Goopy, just the nature of the event this year.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        I agree too. There were no major gaffes, fights, or stories so I think the media just kind of has to make “a thing” because there isn’t one.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She’s just keeping the story alive if this is true.

    • Lucinda says:

      I don’t think it’s true. I think her publicist is taking advantage of the quiet party and claiming credit for it even though he had nothing to do with it.

  5. emmie_a says:

    It all seems super high-schoolish and something Gwyneth would totally do. — Although I can’t imagine Meryl Streep playing these stupid games.

  6. booboolarue says:

    She has friends?

    • DrM says:

      HA! My first thought as well. I really REALLY wish the VF editor would ”uncan” the piece and run it. Soooo disappointed.

  7. blue marie says:

    I don’t know if I believe it but isn’t Jim Toth (Reeses hubs, is that his name) part of CAA or am I wrong? Anyway wasn’t there an article last week about Gwyneth hanging out at their big party?

    Someone help me out here, or am I talking out my bum?

  8. Evelyn says:

    Oscar day fell on Chris Martin’s birthday. Isn’t it possible Gwyneth had a party for her husband and her close friends chose to attend that party instead?

  9. rep says:

    Even Sofia Vergara was quiet, she always gets pspped shaking her…well, body.

  10. Jen says:

    Brad and his crew had a private party and if you check, he and Angelina have never attended this in the past few years. The last time they were at the Oscars, they went to George’s private party. Last year, Clooney did not attend either, so you can’t say he did not attend this year because of her when he was not even in town. The others— have no idea.

    • Victoria says:

      I think the A listers mostly go to private parties as you mentioned. VF party is for camera hungry publicity hoes.

  11. Tania says:

    I think they are trying to take credit for it after the fact, but in reality I think it had nothing to do with them.

  12. Bridget says:

    CAA wouldn’t pull their clients from the VF party for the wrong Huvane. The may be a close family, but Oscar weekend in general is a huge professional networking weekend, so there’s no way CAA would have some of their biggest stars stay home to settle the ego of someone they don’t even represent. Sometimes people are working, or they just don’t feel like going that year.

  13. Victoria says:

    Didn’t see any Goopy pics this year. Did notice Sienna Miller with a bunch of huge gold arm bracelets and her dour 18 year old looking baby daddy at the VF party. hehe…

    That was so awesome when Matt Stone dressed in drag as her at the 2000 Oscars. He recently said they were on acid. So funny!

  14. Jackson says:

    I’m with everyone else who isn’t buying this.

  15. Nev says:

    the A-listers all went to Madonna’s party…hahahahaha

    • V4Real says:

      …..and the C-Lister’s went to Elton John’s party
      The Kardashians hahahahahaha.

      I just added that because supposedly Madonna and Elton John are also fueding and he holds his Oscar party every year. It would be funny if Madonna pulled all the A-Listers to her party and John only got people like Gaga and the Kardashians. Khloe did say she always go to Elton John’s Oscar party.

  16. Hot Farts says:

    The people you mention are not people that would have attended logically. Brad and Ang have 6 kids and looked exhausted, Aniston and Theroux has a big event the night before so unlikely to show up again the next night (also avoiding B & A), Sandra Bullock is unlikely to be influenced over something as petty and has a child she is raising alone (again, exhausted).

    I seriously doubt that these free thinking individuals take Goop into account when living their lives and making their deals…the Huvane’s work for these people, not the other way around.

    • taxi says:

      Brad & Angie had at least one child (Maddox?) sitting with them during the presentations. They aren’t likely to take him to an after-party, unless it’s their own private dinner.

  17. annaloo. says:

    Gwyneth is NOT that important of a person. She just isn’t.

    • Tiffany says:

      Just came here to post that myself. She is not important enough to have that kind of pull. The party was a bit of a bust list wise but it did not have anything to do with her. That is how the cards fell.

  18. phlyfiremama says:

    Who really knows? I think that probably people lost a lot of respect for Vanity Fair for caving in to goop, rather than they were “threatened” by some dark shadow to stay away. Here’s the thing about “things of the moment”~the moments always pass.

  19. StaCat1 says:

    I think this is overvaluing Goop’s power.

  20. Ponderousponderer says:

    I have been a subscriber to Vanity Fair since 1995, have every issue still, except for one or two that I lament greatly for not being able to track down… I love it for all it’s earnestness, it’s pandering and preening side, it’s attempts at hipster street cred, it’s pulitzer prize winning investigations… In my mind it can do no wrong, and it is far from a clinging fading star. Hollywood needs an arbiter of taste, a bastion of tradition, and Vanity Fair does it for me, no matter how much it might fail every now and then to always do the right thing.

    Goop wishes she had the influence it would take to successfully carry out that boycott; and trust me she kicks her own butt for alienating Madonna now, not out of any nostalgia or sentimentality for a friendship, but for losing her invite to attend one of the hottest new tickets on Oscar night.

  21. anne says:

    Have known Paltrow for decades. She will stop at nothing and her PR team of dozens, her lawyers have been pulling their weight around big time to make her look better and have succeeded at bullying many bigger celebs than her to “pretend make nice” with her and manipulated the media to a tremendous (actually very unethical IMO way) forever and 24/7 for last 6 months or so. She was already disliked but she is now despised by other celebs – they can not believe her ego. She can fool them for a while but then she betrays them and they dump her or some catch on to her phony sweet stuff ASAP. But other than the PR moves and her lawyers, she is considered a witch, laughing stock, egotist poison! Irony is all those that loathe her adore her husband and are urging him to get away from her publicly too as she is making him look bad. She keeps using kids and “poor me” and threats to keep it official but he left her many years ago for good cause!