Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

We thought we could finally pack away the tux for a while after Sunday’s Academy Awards capped the long awards season, but nope, the very next day, showbiz types turned out in New York for the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Alec Baldwin.

Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Edie Falco, Amy Ryan, Mariska Hargitay, and Jimmy Fallon were among those praising Baldwin—and also cracking jokes about him.

“When they called and said, ‘Would you come and do this thing?’ I thought about it, and first of all, I had to remember who he actually was,” said Michael Keaton, who co-starred with Baldwin in 1988’s Beetlejuice. “I was a little bit unclear, I just couldn’t quite remember, uh, Alex Baldwick.”

Baldwin has famously hosted Saturday Night Live 15 times, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels noted his achievements: “[Alec] is the only Baldwin brother about whom no one has ever asked: Which one is he?”

Michaels also said that despite Baldwin’s reputation for being difficult to work with, he has never seen any evidence of it over the years. “Although I should say I don’t make it to the set very often,” he added. “But whenever I get a chance to see the show, it looks to me like they all get along.”

One of the funniest people in television, Tina Fey, made no jokes at Baldwin’s expense and instead gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech praising her 30 Rock co-star as a writer’s dream and an American treasure.

“He’s very humble, and he’s very skilled, and those are a nice combination,” Fey told us earlier in the evening.

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Josh Radnor Carey Mulligan

Gratitude: You can find it in the most unlikely situations.

At the Happythankyoumoreplease screening sponsored by the Cinema Society and Tommy Hilfiger, Josh Radnor—the film's gorgeous and charming writer, director and star—introduced his uplifting, poignant movie about people's lives not turning out quite the way they expected and their turning points around age 30.

"I always thought if I did anything right in this movie it was to surround myself with the right people, the greatest people you can hope to share a screen with," he said. "The movie is about gratitude. I didn't know that when I was writing it."

Not one person that I spoke to disagreed. The general consensus upon leaving the theater was that this is an adorable, feel-good movie, well worth seeing. We were all grateful to have been there.

At the after-party at the now legendary 18th floor at the Standard, guests sipped Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines, nibbled cheeseburgers and cheese balls (the only ones in the room), and admired the breathtaking views.

Celebrities including Carey Mulligan, Ed Westwick, Adrian Grenier, John Mayer, and Gabourey Sidibe came to congratulate the cast and crew, who were still having dinner when we arrived.

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Nicole Miller Kathy Hilton Alex Hitz

Just back from L.A.—what an exciting time to be there! Traffic jams, multiple parties, the atmosphere was electric.

Celebrities and boldface names were everywhere, not only at the legendary parties (Katzenberg, Diller/Von Furstenberg, Vanity Fair, Madonna, you name it) but also at the Tower Bar for dinner (Anderson Cooper, Paris Hilton), and at the Polo Bar at the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch. It was dazzling.

Yet with all that glamour and glitz, the one thing I can't get out of my head is caramel cake.

Alex Hitz's caramel cake, to be exact.

Alex is one of the great hosts of our time. Whenever this Atlanta native entertains it is with enormous attention to detail, coupled with his unique brand of Southern hospitality.

He designed his extraordinary Hollywood Hills house himself, with breathtaking views sweeping all the way to the Pacific Ocean. He built a state-of-the-art kitchen, where he whips up dinner for as many as 120 people.

He has a talent for building an extraordinary guest list. His dinners are filled with a multigenerational, international mix, all accomplished in their various and interesting fields. The atmosphere that Alex creates is conducive to having fascinating conversations and meeting new people, which makes his guests clamor to be invited again. David Netto, the respected architect, puts it brilliantly:

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Will Kopelman Drew Barrymore Ed Ruscha Shepard Fairey

Oscar week continued in L.A. with Larry Gagosian's annual powerhouse opening and dinner on February 24. Ed Ruscha and his "Psycho Spaghetti Westerns" exhibit were featured this year, and everyone who is anyone came to pay homage to the great artist and his new works.

The gallery was packed with collectors and celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Adrien Brody, art dealer Irving Blum, Shepard Fairey, Anthony Kiedis, Michael Stipe, Nadja Swarovski, Valentino, Alex von Furstenberg, and Bruce Weber.

Guests managed to see and appreciate Ruscha's paintings despite the crowd. "In one word: epic," said Cynthia Rowley when I asked what she thought. "His daughter was my intern, so I'm particularly fond of him."

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