The event: An impressive array of today's most talented stars packed the penthouse suite at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday, when W Magazine celebrated the upcomiong Golden Globes and February's movie issue featuring its ideas of the year's best performances.
The crowd: Editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi, editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg and hotelier Andre Balazs co-hosted the invitation-only affair, welcoming actors
The scene: Hirschberg called the shindig "a proper party." No step-and-repeat. No demands on the celebrities. So as a deejay pumped in the sounds, guests fraternized with friends, sipped Dom Perignon and took in the panoramic view of Los Angeles by night.
The conversations: As he posed for photos with “Selma” co-star
Standing beside a bar, Witherspoon said playing hiker Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" had been difficult, but she had great pride in the film's success and in giving her daughter and other girls growing up a serious role model.
In another corner, Adams caught up with "Man of Steel" co-star Henry Cavill, while Chastain chatted with friends as they checked out photographer Tim Walker's "best performance" portraits in the corridor.
Tonchi called Walker's imaginative portrayals the opposite of last year's realistic portfolio. "Tim Walker is all about fantasy, artifice and creative images," Tonchi said of the vibrant images of actors in costumes, accessorized by flowers, hummingbirds, sunhats and other fun props. "Tim loves color and he did something that would bring to life the Los Angeles scene."
The best performances: "I see hundreds of movies. I see everything and some things just pop for me," Hirschberg said of selecting "the best." "I do a mix, choosing some movies that I feel will win awards and others I just think people should see."
She named Julianne Moore,