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Here’s What You Missed at Vanity Fair’s Cocktail Hour, Live! Act Three

As awards season draws to a close with the upcoming Oscars, so too does Vanity Fair’s inaugural Cocktail Hour, Live!, a virtual event series to recognize Hollywood and the talented artists who populate it. 

The third and final act aired on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, guided by “goddess” narrator Maya Rudolph and Vanity Fair editor in chief Radhika Jones. The three-day series is presented by GREY GOOSE® Essences and Lancôme, and supported by Cointreau and Tequila Don Julio. Its finale included a rapid-fire Proust Questionnaire with Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, Notes on a Scene with Oscar nominee Sacha Baron Cohen, and a turn-of-the-century-themed trivia game that pitted the Lonely Island against Haim (with an assist from Rudolph). Cocktail Hour, Live! will support the Hollywood community and Los Angeles, with a portion of ticket-sale proceeds donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. For more information and to view all three acts on-demand through April 22, visit vf.com/live.

Ahead, a few highlights from act three, which featured Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Janet Mock, Phoebe Robinson, Jon M. Chu, Tracy Oliver, and Paris Hilton.


In a panel presented by Lancôme, former costars Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried reunited to celebrate David Fincher’s Mank, the ode to Hollywood’s Golden Age that earned Seyfried her first Oscar nomination. While the film’s subject matter seems finely tuned to the Academy’s tastes, the actor said accolades were far from the filmmaker’s mind when he was making the film. “The one thing David Fincher said to me on our first Zoom was, ‘This isn’t going to be an Academy thing. This isn’t going to be an awards thing,’” Seyfried recalled.

Despite Fincher’s disclaimer, Mank scored a field-topping 10 nominations and career-best reviews for Seyfried’s portrayal of misunderstood ingenue Marion Davies. Seyfried’s research for playing a real-life person will come in handy for her next project: Hulu’s The Dropout, where she’ll play disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. While Seyfried is not able to contact Holmes, she said, “I’ve glommed on to the things I do love about this woman already. And you know what a journey to be able to portray somebody—I mean, we’re all complex in our own ways. We all come from something. We all come from some kind of trauma or whatever it is. You know, right now [I’m] just finding the similarities between how I walk through life and how she walks through life—or how I think she does, based on her own interviews.”

During Moore and Seyfried’s catch-up, the pair also talked about Moore’s upcoming role in Dear Evan Hansen, what it’s like to film while pregnant, and when Seyfried will be slipping into those famous black turtlenecks.

Will Woke Go Up in Smoke? A panel discussion with JON M. CHU, TRACY OLIVER, JANET MOCK, and PHOEBE ROBINSON. Moderated by Vanity Fair contributor JENNY LUMET 

Inspired by her column in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue, contributor Jenny Lumet led a complex conversation about the idea of wokeness and its place in pop culture. The panel included a lineup of A-list talent, including Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights), Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, 2019’s First Wives Club), Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood), and Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson). 

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