Breaking Baz: Greta Gerwig Parties At Vanity Fair’s Oscar Event & Talks ‘Barbie 2’ As ‘Oppenheimer’ Gets Overshadowed By All That Kenergy – See The Guest List

Greta Gerwig tells me there’s “no resistance” from her about the possibility of Barbie 2.

The challenge for her she says, is how to tackle a follow-up movie. Initially, the filmmaker wasn’t “feeling” the idea of a sequel, but now she’s warm to such a situation. “I’m not dismissing it, I want to do it,” she says, but there’s a heck of a lot to discuss first with Mattel, Margot Robbie, Warner Bros Discovery, producer David Heyman and all of her creative collaborators.

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Also, there’s rather a lot on her plate as she puts the architecture in place to shoot Narnia for Netflix, and Gerwig revealed that she’ll return to London to soon resume the very early stages of pre-production in the UK.

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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach at the 2024 Oscars (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach at the 2024 Oscars (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Narnia more than likely won’t be ready to go before cameras until late this year or possibly early next. It’s yet to be determined, plus Gerwig has yet to appoint key department heads who will create the magical land where animals behave as equals with humans, witches wage war and dragons and horses fly.

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We were chatting at the 30th annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party (see the guest list below), hosted by editor-in-chief Radhika Jones and held under a vast, 10,000-square-foot marquee constructed on the Wallis Annenberg Center’s estate in Beverly Hills.

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Christopher Nolan’s towering Oppenheimer won seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr. as well as trophies for Editing, Cinematography and Score.

But the crowning honor was botched by Al Pacino, who bungled his announcement of the Best Picture prize. There was little flair, and what should have been an extraordinary moment for Nolan and producer Emma Thomas seemed anticlimactic.

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Yes, yes, of course Oppenheimer won the Academy Award — the film’s already listed on the Wall of Fame in the sprawling main lobby of the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood, but somehow I feel that Barbie stole its glory on the night.

There was so much Kenergy in the room — thanks to the Busby Berkeley-sized performance of Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt’s “I’m Just Ken” by Ryan Gosling and 65 dancers and with Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell singing their hit “What Was I Made For?” which won the Best Song Oscar — that Oppenheimer was overshadowed by Barbie.

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Oppenheimer was rightly lauded at the Governors Ball, but the main topic of conversation was Mattel’s doll.

Same at Vanity Fair — though, funnily enough, Universal’s own celebrations at Soho House in West Hollywood was Barbie-free, and the clear focus for celebration was Oppenheimer’s huge achievement and The Holdovers’ Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s success in the Best Supporting Actress category.

The Governors Ball was my first port of call. I like to watch the statuettes being engraved then eat, ‘cause nothing had been inside my belly all day. A nice man from London was serving up mini Yorkshire puddings with slices of roast beef. I also had a mouthful of chicken pot pie then did the rounds, offering congratulations here and there.

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at Oscar Governors Ball (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at Oscar Governors Ball (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)

The Channel 4 contingent consisting of CEO Alex Mahon and Film4’s Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden were thrilled with their six Oscars — two for Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest (Best International Feature and Best Sound for Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn) and the four prizes won for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things (Emma Stone for Best Actress; Holly Waddington for Costume Design; Nadia Stacey, Mark Couler and Josh Weston for Makeup & Hairstyling; and James Price, Shona Heath and Zsuzsa Mihalek for Production Design).

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Ollie Madden, Alex Mahon, Daniel Battsek (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)
Ollie Madden, Alex Mahon, Daniel Battsek (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)

The Zone of Interest producer James Wilson was happy too. So were A24’s David Fenkel and Matthew Bires.

Searchlight were delighted for Poor Things, as was Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, who has produced several of Lanthimos’ movies.

Matthew Bires and David Fenkel (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)
Matthew Bires and David Fenkel (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)

There’s chatter about another Lanthimos film, Kinds of Kindness — again starring Stone, with Margaret Qualley, Jesse Plemons and Willem Dafoe — being considered for Cannes in May.

Speaking of Willem Dafoe, I ended up chasing him around the Vanity Fair party.

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OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. There I was chatting to some filmmakers and scoffing a slice of chef Evan Funke’s famous Amalfitano, aka lemon pizza (I didn’t spend the entire night and early hours stuffing my face!) when Dafoe rocks up and waltzes off with a whole Margherita pizza pie. I go, “Hey, what’s going down here, Willem Dafoe?” He clocks it’s me then literally legs it, so I gave chase and catch him at a table occupied by him and two other people.

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He very kindly offered me a piece of pizza pie, but I was just joshing around, as was he. What larks, though.

Good to catch up with The Color Purple Supporting Actress nominee Danielle Brooks, who will be back on the set of Minecraft any day now with Jason Momoa, Jack Black, Jennifer Coolidge and Kate McKinnon.

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Happy also to get the opportunity to chat with Kelvin Harrison Jr., who’s about to scoot off to work with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s Michel Gondry to star in a musical movie about the early career of Pharrell Williams.

Cynthia Erivo stopped by Vanity Fair following her gig presenting at the ceremony with her Wicked co-star Ariana Grande.

The actress, singer and producer is eyeing a possible feature film role possibly to shoot this summer. Then there’s the tantalizing prospect of returning to the theatre — the plan being either a new play on Broadway or the revival of a musical that’s played New York but would be new to London’s West End. “We’re talking lots about both shows, but I’ll only do one of them,” was all that the Tony-winning star would reveal.

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The Zone of Interest’s Christian Friedel will return to play Hamlet in Düsseldorf, as we’ve already reported, and also will resume shooting his role in The White Lotus 3 on location in Thailand.

From playing Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss to frolicking in paradise for The White Lotus is like going “from darkness to the light,” he says.

I spotted Jeffrey Wright engaged in conversation with director and writer John Waters and saw Jodie Foster — still can’t get over just how brilliant she is in True Detective; and mighty fine in Nyad — conversing with a bunch of people.

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Earlier, over at the Governors Ball, I saw her fellow Nyad star Annette Bening, waiting forever for an elevator to take a party of folk down to the limo meeting point. They included CAA’s Kevin Huvane; Jennifer Salke head of Amazon Studios; and Sue Kroll, Amazon Studios’ marketing chief.

Jennifer Salke and Kevin Huvane (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)
Jennifer Salke and Kevin Huvane (Baz Bamigboye/Deadline)

When I pitched up at Vanity Fair, the dance floor was empty, but after a while — 11:40 p.m., to be precise — the super DJ played “Murder on the Dance Floor,” and guests got on down and did their stuff.

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It carried on that way until 2 in the morning, and it was fun to watch people dance as they waved their Academy Awards around.

Here’s a list that includes many of those who attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party — not all at the same time!

Oscar winners: 
Best Picture: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas; Oppenheimer
Best Director: Christopher Nolan; Oppenheimer
Best Actress: Emma StonePoor Things
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr.; Oppenheimer
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph; The Holdovers
Best Adapted Screenplay: Cord Jefferson; American Fiction
Best Original Screenplay: Arthur Harari, Justine Triet; Anatomy of a Fall
Best Documentary Short Film: Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot; The Last Repair Shop
Best Film Editing: Jennifer Lame;Oppenheimer
Best International Film: Jonathan Glazer; The Zone of Interest
Best Original Song: FINNEAS, Billie Eilish; “What Was I Made For?” fromBarbie
Best Costume Design: Holly Waddington; Poor Things
Best Sound: Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers; The Zone of Interest
Best Original Score: Ludwig Göransson; Oppenheimer 
Best Production Design: Shona Heath, Zsuzsa Mihalek, James Price; Poor Things
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mark Coulier, Nadia Stacey, Josh Weston; Poor Things
Best Animated Short Film: Brad Booker, Dave Mullins; War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko
Best Documentary Feature: Mstyslav Chernov; 20 Days in Mariupol
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