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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/27/2011

The Rolling Stone Oscar party: Five things learned on the scene

By Jen Chaney

Rolling Stone magazine hosted its pre-Oscar party last night at Drai's Hollywood in the W Hotel. Fruity Skyy vodka drinks were served. The Roots provided outstanding musical entertainment. And a number of celebs -- "Glee's" Jenna Ushkowitz, Max Adler and Harry Shum, Jr., Aaron Sorkin, Kate Walsh and Old Spice ad man Isaiah Mustafa, to name a few -- showed up to party in a dark club while images of this year's Academy Award nominees flashed on various TV screens.

(By the way, when you're in a bar listening to hip-hop, the sight of Jesse Eisenberg in his Zuckerberg-style hoodie looks surprisingly gangsta.)

During my time at the party, I learned five extremely important* things, one of which is covered in the video of Shum, Jr. below. Here's the list.

1. Harry Shum, Jr. of "Glee" helped choreograph last year's signature dance number for the Academy Awards. The guy who plays Mike Chang, main squeeze of Tina, is known for his dance skills. But I didn't realize he was involved with last year's Oscar show. He explains more about that in this clip.

Read the rest of the list -- which includes the scoop on Aaron Sorkin's Oscar acceptance speech -- after the jump.

*actually, not really that important

2. Aaron Sorkin has not prepared an Oscar acceptance speech. I spoke to Sorkin, who seemed to have no night-before-the-Academy-Awards jitters whatsoever, about what he plans to say if he wins the best screenplay award for "The Social Network." He said he hasn't prepared any remarks because he's superstitious. Something tells me the master of rapid-fire dialogue won't have a problem getting extemporaneous.

3. If you're hosting an Academy Awards party -- or any party, for that matter -- hire The Roots. Actually, I pretty much knew this already but it was nice to reconfirm that fact. When Jimmy Fallon's house band strutted through the party with their instruments in tow (including a massive tuba), then brought the funk to the stage, the whole place started to thump. And that was after it was already humming courtesy of a fantastically retro-yet-fresh set from DJ ?uestlove, otherwise known as The Roots's drummer.

4. Trevor Donovan of "90210" has excellent taste in movies. Apparently his two favorites are "Paper Moon" and "Dazed and Confused." I overheard him say this to another reporter on the tiny red carpet where all of us were packed together like sardines who ask insipid questions. A man who respects Wooderson is all right, all right, all right in my book.

5. At a Hollywood party, there will be plenty of beef sliders to go around. Actually, I knew this already, too. L.A. people don't eat. And that means plenty of mini-burgers for reporters who need sustenance in order to tweet and accost Aaron Sorkin in the middle of a party.

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Oscars, Party Scene  
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I'm not impressed by the hollyweird crowd in general, but I think hanging with Aaron Sorkin would be cool. I've long admired his work and he's sufficiently cranky and outside-the-box enough to be interesting.

Posted by: niceFLguy | February 27, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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