Oscars 2020: Steal-Worthy Event Design Ideas From the Week's Most Stylish Parties
See how Vanity Fair, Warner Bros., Elton John, ABC, and more celebrated the 92nd Academy Awards.
Photo: Valerie Durant/A.M.P.A.S.LOS ANGELES—Sunday's 92nd annual Academy Awards were filled with highs and lows, culminating in a surprise win for beloved South Korean film Parasite and its director, Bong Joon-ho. While critics loved certain aspects of the host-less ceremony—including Janelle Monáe’s whimsical entrance, an emotional speech from Brad Pitt, and a moving performance from Cynthia Erivo—other moments felt disjointed, such as a surprise performance from Eminem and multiple presenter introductions for certain categories.
Ultimately, the ceremony—which was produced by Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain for the first time and held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland—was the least-watched Oscars ever, following the trend of other award shows. Viewership dropped around 20 percent, according to Nielsen's ratings.
But the parties remain as glamorous as ever. Perhaps more than any other award show, the Oscars have their share of ultra-exclusive events that ban all press and social media—most notably Madonna and Guy OSeary's long-running private bash, plus Beyoncé and Jay-Z's gathering at Chateau Marmont. (The latter reportedly had a "dive bar" theme this year, paying homage to the couple's Houston and Brooklyn roots.)
Other hot spots throughout the week were the star-studded Vanity Fair party, the Elton John AIDS Foundation's annual viewing party, and a glamorous gathering from Warner Bros. ABC Television, Mercedes-Benz USA, Essence, and Cadillac also hosted events full of design inspiration; here's a look inside those and other notable gatherings.