Leonardo DiCaprio, who has two contenders ("Blood Diamond" and "The Departed") in the mix this awards season, arrived early enough to press some flesh and meet old and new friends at the GQ cocktail party at the Sunset Towers.
"Bobby" star Lindsay Lohan GQ's Obsession of the Year - was too busy showing off her white Versace gown and blowing kisses to photogs to make it to the cocktail part of the night. But maybe that's best. She did show up for the seated dinner and told a USA Today reporter who asked about her rumored recent overdose, that she had been partying and a doctor was called but that she was "no Marilyn Monroe overdosing in the afternoon." Um, as opposed to overdosing at night?
Chisel-chinned hunk Ben Affleck who has a strong campaign going for his George Reeves role in "Hollywoodland" was also at the cocktail hour. Unlike solo Leo, he trotted out a secret weapon: his drop dead gorgeous wife, Jennifer Garner, in a short sexy purple Versace dress. But don't expect her to gab about Ben or baby. She turned down one curious reporter saying, "I don't talk about my personal life." Smart gal.
Will Ferrell a Golden Globe possibility for "Stranger Than Fiction chatted up Keith Olbermann so intently that one couldn't help but wonder if he was getting his Olbermann impression down pat. And Forest Whitaker was warmly congratulated on his leading role in "Last King of Scotland" by former Vice President (and almost President) Al Gore, who said, "I loved your film!"
Gore ostensibly there to promote his global warming doc, "An Inconvenient Truth" - admitted to feeling like a fish out of water in the prestigious fashion party. He bear-hugged Ken Sunshine, Leo's uber publicist and told GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson how thrilled he was with the Q&A done by Lisa DePaulo. ( He also advised Olbermann to have Leo on his show because "Leo knows more about the environment than me.")
Addressing the loud party buzz about Gore possibly running again in 2008, Nelson said, "Personally, I think it's a real possibility. You can read in the piece, including the longer online version, that he's not ruling it out. "
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It's not a bad idea. In the meantime, there's a Best Documentary Oscar Gore might like. And it might be a wise political move to ask GQ's style experts to find him a better-fitting, less boxy suit.
Just a thought.