There have been rumors flying throughout the entire film awards season about a possible romance brewing between new “It girl” Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto. After they both walked off with Independent Spirit Awards on March 1 in Santa Monica, Calif., and prior to winning Oscars on March 2 for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave” and Best Supporting Actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” respectively, the very handsome Leto thanked everyone under the sun when he won the Spirit Award. His most chatted about comment came when he referred to Nyong’o as “my future ex-wife, Lupita,” adding, “I’m thinking of you.”
Meanwhile, Nyong’o photobombed an unsuspecting Leto backstage at the Oscars. Fashionable as ever, Nyong’o wore a custom-designed Prada Goddess dress to the Oscars, then changed into a Miu Miu dress for the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party.
Looking as if she didn’t have a care in the world—and not wearing her wedding ring—the newly single Paula Patton was Oscar fabulous all weekend after announcing her split from her husband, Robin Thicke, last week. She made her first official appearance on March 1 at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, where she was resplendent in a yellow lace mini-dress. Then, the following night, the “Baggage Claim” star stepped out to the Vanity Fair party hosted by Graydon Carter wearing a Celia Kritharioti dress and Yves Saint Laurent shoes while carrying a Helm clutch bag.
Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti hosted a post-Oscar bash at a private residence in Hollywood Hills. McDonald’s served its world-famous breakfast to major celebs like Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Seacrest, Tyson Beckford, John Stamos, Michael Strahan and many more. Chenoweth exclaimed, “I’m having one!” when servers came by with McDonald’s Egg McMuffins, and Stamos was seen eating a freshly made McDonald’s hash brown and Egg McMuffin in the early morning hours. McDonald’s world-famous fries and Egg White Delight McMuffins were also served.
“American Horror Story” vixen Angela Bassett stopped by the Breyers Gelato Indulgence gift lounge backstage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1 and dished about her perfect date night, which includes “being comfy in my PJs with snacks that are a little sweet, a little salty and a little crunchy.” Bassett played her first-ever game of Plinko and chatted strategy, saying it’s best to “overcompensate and go a little more to the left or right in order to win.” It worked—she won a crystal decanter and a year’s supply of winefrom Dark Horse. Bassett joked that the year’s supply would only last her six months.
Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special gala honoring legendary producer Voza Rivers on Sunday, March 16 at the Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, located at 199 Chambers St. in New York City. This special event begins with a 3 p.m. reception that will be followed by the awards program, set to be co-hosted by Danny Glover and Debbi Morgan. The NFT’s gala honorary committee includes Ruby Dee, Rep. Charles Rangel, state Sen. Bill Perkins and Lloyd Williams.