Rebecca Wang Attends The 83rd Academy Awards & Vanity Fair Oscars after party

The evening of Sunday 27th February 2011 included perhaps the two most influential events in the Oscars fortnight: The 83rd Academy Awards presentation ceremony itself, and the high point of all the social events over the two weeks: the Vanity Fair Oscars after party.

The Academy Awards honor the best in US films for 2010 and hold an international significance as an indicator of excellence in the film and cinema industry. The ceremony is presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was held this year at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, where hosts for the evening were actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

Awards are made in 24 competitive categories, and this year saw four of them go The King’s Speech. Colin Firth won best actor for his portrayal of George VI, and the film also took Best Film, Best Director (Tom Hooper), and Best Screenplay. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her taut and tortured performance of psychological fragility in The Black Swan, and the films The Fighter, True Grit, The Social Network, Inception and Alice in Wonderland also received multiple nominations and awards. Honorary Awards were made to Kevin Brownlow, Eli Wallach and Jean-Luc Godard.

Meanwhile over at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood architect Basil Walter and the special operations team had created an Art Deco fantasy world in which Vanity Fair Editor Grayden Carter and his wife Anne could welcome their guests to the annual Vanity Fair after party.

The party’s reputation as a glittering celebrity celebration and as one of the toughest invites in world (invitations for this party are so highly exclusive that many A-listers regularly miss selection) meant that fierce security was in efficient operation. Outside the hotel, a wall of photographers kept meticulous note of each arrival, while guests themselves, having obeyed instructions to leave all pens, notebooks and social media devices behind, held fast to their RFIDs- radio frequency identity cards-which would transmit and confirm the guest’s arrival by name.

The party itself began while the Awards ceremony was still running- at 5pm, with a dinner for 150 hand-picked guests who included JJ Abrams, designers Tom Ford and Diane von Furstenburg and founder of the Huffington Post Arianna Huffington.

As the Awards ceremony and the dinner came to their ends, stars, award winners and other significant members of Hollywood society including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, executive producer Rebecca Wang, award winners Colin Firth and Natalie Portman and director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino moved on over to the Sunset Tower venue to join the dinner guests. The party moved up into full gear, and continued in its legendary high-octane mode all the way through to the early hours of the morning.

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Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Wang spent her early years in Asia, and has since lived in the US and Europe. Having graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has practiced at various leading institutions such as the University of Californian as well as several elementary schools, specializing in family, children, and couples counseling. It was the realization of the healing role of the arts in therapy, which was the catalyst for her to pursue her own creative dreams through filmmaking. Inspired to expand the reach of her work, in 2011 she made her production debut as executive producer with the Hollywood feature film Passion Play, which was selected for the prestigious 37th International Toronto Film Festival. Passion Play starred BAFTA winner Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, both of whom had been previously nominated for Academy Awards. Wang is based in London where her appreciation of all arts is channeled into a wide range of leading organisations and arts venues in the capital. She is member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Recognising the power of music’s properties for healing has led her to be a patron to the Royal College of Music. She also has a broad interest in design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, she is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, supporting two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which was established by the musician in 1992, is one of the largest privately-funded institutions in the world working to overcome AIDS. Since its beginning the Foundation has prioritized the pivotal areas of treatment, prevention and education, and raised over $300 million to support more than 1,200 projects world-wide. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to the EJAF’s Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, the most high-profile and largest fundraising event held in Hollywood on Oscar night. In 2014 and 2015 she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, plays a leading global role in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. It attracts and fosters support and ongoing patronage from many leading public figures in the fields of film, fashion and music, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The non-profit organization can also count on endorsement from those whose actions carry global influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Wang acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for both the Los Angeles and New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have received awards at these events to honor their long term work and committed stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and film director and designer Tom Ford. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Wang also has genuine concern for animals, particularly for dogs who have been maltreated, and supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The RSPCA is the oldest organization for animal welfare in the world and since its foundation in 1824 has played an active role in both the creation of animal welfare legislation and in its enforcement. Rebecca continues to focus on ventures reflecting creativity across all art forms and initiatives which further her desire for a greater understanding of humanitarian issues.