While the film industry's finest walked the red carpet in Los Angeles at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Official New York Oscar Night Celebration, at the famed Carlyle Hotel, New York was just getting under way. New York based Academy members, including past Oscar winners and nominees, had been invited to attend a dinner and private viewing of the 81st Annual Academy Awards Telecast.
The elite group invitees made the entire evening a special one. We spoke with renown Broadway and Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Stritch, asking how she became involved with the evening at the Carlyle -- "I live at the Carlyle, and I work at the Cafe Carlyle; I do a performance once a year. I play 4 weeks, so that's how I get involved, it's my home!"
Legendary actress Patricia Neal who won Best Actress for her performance in Hud (with Paul Newman), and was nominated for Best Actress for The Subject Was Roses, as well as appeared in a number of other memorable films shared her memory of winning Oscar. " I've been up twice, but I was not at the Oscars when I won because I'd had a baby, 3 days later I was in England so I couldn't be here...Annabella Power (Tyrone Power's wife) accepted for me."
Amidst glasses of the evening's specialty cocktail, the Red Carpet Fizz courtesy of Moet & Chandon, and trays of hors d'oeuvres, guests continued to pour in. Others walking the red carpet included: Rip Torn, Shirley Knight, Burt Young, Celia Weston, Sylvia Miles, Amy Wright, Tovah Feldshuh, Lis Eichhorn, Tina Louise, Cynthia Wade, David Rasche, Sid Ramin, Nathaniel Kahn, Ken Ascher, Richard Barclay, Jimmy Picker, Robert Richter, Donna Zakowska, and Bud Rosenthal.