What do you get when you have Nicole Kidman, Jeff Bridges, Michelle Williams, Jane Lynch, Andrew Garfield and Jane Lynch in the same room?
A tea party!
No, not that Tea Party!
It was a megstar turnout yesterday for BAFTA/LA's annual awards season tea party at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe somehow managed to stop by. "I'm running around trying to fit everything in," he said.
Lythgoe also told me that Jennifer Lopez's family are frequent visitors at Idol. "The kids have been there, but not on set," Lythgoe said. "Marc [Anthony] is on set a lot of the time. He loves it...When Randy [Jackson] says, 'Let me tell you what happens next,' they're like, 'You don't have to show us. We've been watching it for nine years.'"
I asked Lythgoe who his pick would be to play at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. "Oh, that's a good question," he said. "I don't know who they like, but I do remember when Princess Diana said, back in the day, she liked Dire Straits that all of a suddenly they became the band to watch."
Also at the BAFTA event (cohosted by Bombay Sapphire), Kidman was overheard telling Eric Stonestreet she is "big fan" of Modern Family. Speaking of Kidman, Kathy Griffin was on the hunt for The Rabbit Hole star. "Have you seen Nicole Kidman," she asked. "Where is she? I want to see her." (FYI: Griffin's bod? Amazing in a green Oscar De La Renta dress!)
Andrew Garfield proved to be quite patient and accommodating as a couple of admirers struggled with their own camera after asking to take a pic with the Social Network star. His girlfriend Shannon Woodward was by his side as he spent most of the afternoon chatting with Tom Sturridge and Rufus Sewell.
Jeff Bridges hung out with his True Grit costar Hailee Steinfeld and You Don't Know Jack star Brenda Vaccaro.
Jeremy Renner never took off his sunglasses, wearing them on the red carpet and inside the party. No word on why, but I could tell you that he appeared to be having a really good time the night before at the Critics' Choice Awards, at one point walking through the lobby of the Palladium arm-in-arm with Sam Rockwell and a beautiful blonde woman.
(Originally published Jan. 16, 2011, at 11:31 a.m. PT)