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Pre-Oscar Parties, Democrats And A Vanity Fair Soiree

Thursday, 22 Feb 2007 | 8:13 AM ET

The Oscars aren't until Sunday, but the red carpet is already out, and the stars are getting dolled up to be seen at all the right parties. And Tuesday night the hottest star was Barack Obama, who collected some $1.3 million dollars at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills. DreamWorks founders, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg hosted the $2,300 per-person fete, and based on the turnout, you'd quickly forget that Hollywood's always been such a firmly pro-Clinton town. Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Jennifer Aniston, and a whole range of studio chiefs and talent agency executives. Sure, many of these folks will also contribute the maximum to Clinton, but there are some who are picking sides.

On Wednesday, Geffen bashed Hilary to Maureen Dowd in the NYTimes, and apparently George Clooney has ditched Hilary in favor of Obama because of her stance on the war. And media mogul Haim Saban, who's doing a fundraiser for Senator Clinton says that Hollywood won't forget its allegiance to the Clinton fam. He argues that at the end of the day they'll go with their historical favorite.

Vanity Fair throws the most talked-about post Oscar party at Mortons every year. But the partying starts early in Hollywood. On Tuesday night Vanity Fair and editor-in-chief Graydon Carter hosted, with jeweler David Yurman, a pretty unbelievable intimate gathering at the home of producer/writer Mitch Glazer and actress Kelly Lynch. The stunning 20th Century Modern (I believe it was Frank Lloyd Wright) house had a nearly 360 view of the lights of the city. But the stars were sparkling even brighter. It seems everyone who wasn't hanging out with Obama, was sipping Dom Perignon with Graydon Carter and the crush of celebs--from Kevin Costner, Jackie Collins to the famous Robert Evans, most of the cast of "Las Vegas", including James Caan and Rose McGowan looking sparkly, plus every top fashion photographer you could imagine. And yes, they too were talking about politics. I hear Obama's name more than a few times. Seems like a good way for Vanity Fair to prove that they can have insider cache even though their Oscar party is so exposed. And a good group for Yurman to bejewel. Synergy at its best.

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  • Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.