There is no mistaking the fact that the Oscars are in town. Fashion houses are crushed with requests, top restaurants are over-booked, five star hotels have waiting lists and limousines are everywhere.
With a tradition that dates back to the first Academy Awards presentation in 1929, the event has continued to grow and attract international attention featuring audiences and parties thrown and attended by some of the wealthiest and most beautiful people in the world.
Reportedly seen in a private room at Mr. Chow’s were the director (Paolo Sorrentino) and star (Toni Servillo) of the Oscar nominated Foreign Language Film, The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza), with a handful of guests that included Francois Ozon, Giuseppe Tornatore and the 6’ 1” blonde beauty Joy Countess du Lau d’Allemans.
All heads turned as the statuesque supermodel made her way to the private room that hosted the esteemed European contingent, much to the chagrin of 5’7” Toni Servillo.
It wasn’t her height that captured everyone’s eye, it was her grace and elegance.
There was much talk over dinner and drinks about the European film industry and the inroads they have made over the years when all eyes turned to the Countess.
“And, my dear, what are your film plans,” asked Spanish director Pablo Berger, “when will you be making your film debut?”
The Countess smiled demurely and attempted to brush the request aside. They had been after her for years, dating back to the days when she first took over many of the world’s fashion magazine covers, but she had managed to avoid the calling of the lights and cameras until now.
Servillo was seen to be fuming in the corner as every major foreign director at the table courted the blonde beauty.
“Herb Cheyette told her that she was the only woman who ever made him late for an appointment,” offered Ozon. “He said that she was the next Raquel Welch.”
Laughter and merriment filled the room, but there was no turning aside the continued requests from the directors for some indication that the Countess would submit to their requests.