Oscar Party Diary: Spirit Awards Highlight Pre-Oscar Saturday

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As the stars gear up for Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, many hit the red carpet in Santa Monica for the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. There, Oscar contenders Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell and Helen Hunt each won big in their respective categories, while Quvenzhane Wallis hit the stage to introduce her film, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

But the Spirit Awards certainly isn't the only pre-Oscar festivity on Saturday. Check back as The Hollywood Reporter continues to update its Saturday party diary from inside all of Hollywood's hottest fetes.

10:30 a.m.: Guests begin trickling in during the early hours of the Spirit Awards red carpet.

11:30 a.m.: Montblanc's brunch at the Bel Air Hotel was an indoor/outdoor affair. Designer Domenico Vacco, who previously announced he was dressing Daniel Day-Lewis and Alan Arkin for the Oscars, was being congratulated, while Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths confessed she was due in L.A. on Monday, but popped in a few days early. Emmy Rossum wore a fit 'n' flare black and white cocktail dress by Na'em Kahn. Also in the bagel-bated crowd: Stacy Keach, Alan Arkin, Danny Huston, Kathy and Rick Hilton.

1:50 p.m.: "I wanna know what's in the best first screenplay's punch," quipped Matthew McConaughey on stage at the Spirit Awards. Derek Connelly, who won best first screenplay for Safety Not Guaranteed, appeared visibly intoxicated during his rambling acceptance speech.

2:45 p.m.: "I'm gonna break your f---ing neck, seriously," Jeremy Renner threatened Spirit Awards host Andy Samberg, who introduced the actor after an off-beat comment in which he declared Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player of all time. At the end of the ceremony, Samberg retorted: "Jeremy Renner, I will see you in the parking lot."

3:20 p.m.: Dennis Quaid, before announcing Silver Linings Playbook as best feature at the awards, compared the film industry and awards circuit to a David and Goliath story. "Today, here, we are honoring David," he said.

3:30 p.m.: Wallis' introduction onto the stage to present a Beasts clip was screwed up by the teleprompter, so as everyone was leaving, she had to do it again for the taping. Everyone was filing out and she was on stage, reading her lines.

11:30 p.m: At The Weinstein Co. party at Soho House, Harvey Weinstein accepts congratulations for Silver Linings Playbook's domination at the Spirit Awards.

11:59 p.m.: Quentin Tarantino pushes past fans to make his exit at midnight.

12:20 a.m.: Producer John Welles greets friends waiting at the door for the fire Marshall to finally let them in... But once in and upstairs, another long line awaits to enter the jammed garden area in back.

More to come...

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