The Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, may have put people at home to sleep but at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum, a party par excellence raged. The totally partisan crowd cheered and leapt to their feet as part-time Ketchum residents Clint Eastwood and Tom Rosenberg took the stage to accept the award for Best Picture of 2004 for "Million Dollar Baby."
Between the stage antics of hosts Chris Millspaugh and David Blampied, a feast was presented by Judith McQueen. Joan River and her daughter Melissa made appearances (in fact, they were two-valley actresses for those who were utterly fooled) for red carpet interviews. Champagne was served by tuxedoed gents and specialty drinks were poured.
Finally, the awards were given out. Bob Kaplan, whose wife Susan organized the event as a benefit for New Theatre Company, won best actor for wearing a fetching aviator hat. Best actress went to Cindy Hamlin, who attended in boxing attire. Best supporting actor went to Steve Bynum for his Michael Moore/Tao of Steve get-up, and supporting actress was nabbed by one of two Holly Golightly portrayals: Nanette Ford, who wore her mother's actual Chanel black velvet dress.