An Oscars event so exclusive that Elton John wasn’t invited
By Ian Mohr February 28, 2016 | 10:47pm
“They cut the list in half,” explained a guest who added that there were 400 VIPs who made the cut this year. As Diller made the rounds barefoot in Bermuda shorts, Hollywood execs, stars, directors and “the young Euro set” mixed at the afternoon event, which this year honored Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter.
Spotted were Les Moonves, Michael Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Howard Stringer, Tom Freston, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Tisch and Robert Kraft, along with Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, Oprah Winfrey, the Coen bros., Matt Weiner, Larry Gagosian, Julianne Moore, Norman Lear, Bette Midler and Ginevra Elkann.
Not in the mix was Elton John – who was overheard telling a pal at Craig’s on Friday night of the Diller bash, “I’m never invited.”
But busy John this year was scheduled to perform a daytime concert on Saturday anyway – “Elton John Live on the Sunset Strip.” He dined Friday with Texas socialite Lynn Wyatt, who did make it to Diller’s bash, “looking amazing in a black leather jacket,” a spy said.