Picking up the bill for Iron Chef Kerry Simon's inspired eats were Picturehouse, which threw in for Del Toro, Paramount Vantage, on behalf of Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Universal Pictures for an absent Alfonso Cuarón.
The tony fiesta attracted nearly every notable director in town, including Oscar nominee George Miller, Curtis Hanson, John Singleton, Brad Silberling and Wes Craven.
Cuarón, who was reportedly waylaid in London with flu, not only missed "sticking his fork in his friends' salads," he missed the impromptu performance of the year.
Inspired perhaps by the mariachi band in the courtyard or maybe Penélope Cruz's riveting solo in "Volver," Del Toro grabbed a microphone to introduce González Iñárritu, who broke unaccompanied into a baritone serenade before a surprised audience of e-mail-exchanging industryites.
— Sheigh Crabtree
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