An Oscar is its own reward, but, in some cases, the hype surrounding the big show can benefit others.
Take Hollywood Domino, a now-institution of a pre-Academy Awards event that combines the classic game with a fundraising effort for Artists For Peace & Justice: Relief for Haiti. West Hollywood's Sunset Tower hotel housed the annual black tie affair, hosted by Gerard Butler and director Paul Haggis.
"Not only did they lend their names, they gave their money," Haggis said of Butler and an absentee Clint Eastwood. "And if you've ever asked for money from an actor you know what I'm talking about."
Butler was joined by big screen men like David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Peter Facinelli, Jesse Williams, and supportive singer Moby, all adhering to the black tie dress code at the bash, powered by Ciroc.
Ladies like Ali Larter, Madeleine Stowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui equaled the formal style, especially Rose McGowan, who rocked a black dress and some Marilyn Monroe-esque blonde pin curls.
As for Eastwood, TMZ reports the actor/director as the latest victim in the swatting trend, which may have been the cause of his absence. Multiple law enforcement units were dispatched to his home after reports of armed men inside and found nothing.
A live auction served as the centerpiece for the festivities he missed, where power brokers like designer Donna Karan encouraged the showbiz elite to fork over cash in the name of relief effort.
Following the auction, a live band kept the momentum going for late arrivals like Josh Hartnett. The former teen idol arrived alone and mingled with folks like Larter's husband, funnyman Hayes MacArthur.
An unusual chill forced guests like Kristin Davis away from the hotel's patio -- where Sunday night's legendary Vanity Fair after-party will take place -- and inside to huddle near a late-night buffet of skirt steak and mac 'n' cheese while champagne and Red Bull flowed.
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