Here’s the magazine’s statement: “After much consideration, and in support of the writers and everyone else affected by this strike, we have decided that this is not the appropriate year to hold our annual Oscar party. We want to congratulate all of this year’s nominees and we look forward to hosting our 15th Oscar party next year.” This year’s fete was supposed to be held at Craft. The mag made the move before the invitations went out. VF spokesperson Beth Kseniak just told me: “Graydon talked to a lot of people and held meetings with staff people. He decided that even if the writers strike were to end, it doesn’t mean life is going back to normal immediately. There’s been a lot of people affected by the strike, and we just thought it wasn’t an appropriate time to throw a big party.” VF‘s Hollywood issue out hits newsstands tomorrow.
UPDATE: I’ve just learned that “Oscars at Dani’s” is cancelled as well. This afternoon, Dani Janssen sent out an email to her regulars announcing she wouldn’t hold her famously private Oscar night bash filled with celebs this year — but signed off “See you next year” because she intends to hold it next awards season. In past years Dani’s guests have included guests like Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon and Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn and Harrison Ford and Al Pacino and Owen Wilson and Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen and Oprah and Clint.
Earlier in the awards season, Ed Limato canceled his annual Friday-before-Oscars party, too.