The William Morris Agency's annual Grammy party, a staple on the scene, has been canceled for this year—another apparent casualty of the writers strike, although the agency did not respond to a request for further comment on Wednesday.
Another standby on the award-season party circuit, AIDS Project L.A.'s Oscar viewing bash at the Abbey, is potentially on the chopping block as well—although this week's optimistic news regarding the strike may save the event. “With a fund-raiser, it's hard; the last thing you want to do is cancel it. It's A.P.L.A.'s biggest, and a lot of people depend on those funds,” said Michael Doneff of SBE, the event's presenting sponsor. “We're obviously watching the news reports every day, and [a resolution to] the strike looks promising. Plus, the vendors are all being very supportive and flexible with their deadlines. So we can wait until the last minute to decide whether or not we're going ahead with it.” A.P.L.A.'s communications director, Justin Burke, confirmed, “We're tracking it, moving ahead, and hoping for the best.”
In other party news, Elton John's annual Oscar bash is expected to go on as scheduled, with Rogers & Cowan handling PR. Guttman PR today circulated an email regarding Children Uniting Nations' Oscar party with Billboard, with the subject, “Oscars or No Oscars the Party Will Go On.” (Oscar broadcast producer Gil Cates has said effusively that the academy will put its February 24 show on as planned.) And agent Norby Walters circulated this statement regarding his annual Night of 100 Stars party: “In response to the many inquiries we have received, concerning the status of Award Season Parties, I would like to make the following announcement. Night of 100 Stars is still on and will always go on.... We are 100% supportive of the creative film and television community and our party reflects that in its continual turnout by celebrities and industry professionals.”
The most notable cancellations of events this season are, of course, Vanity Fair's Oscar party and the Golden Globes themselves.