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While there may still be a few post-Oscar parties wrapping up, Piers Morgan has already put a bow on his most recent diary entry for the "Daily Mail," in which he shares secrets from a Los Angles life spent atop the red carpet, and behind the velvet rope.
In between headlining CNN's network wide coverage of the Academy Awards, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host did find time to rub elbows with the industries upper crust, even attending the uber-exclusive party "held at the sumptuous private Beverly Hills home of Hollywood mogul Barry Diller and his legendary designer wife Diane von Furstenberg."
In a piece he called "My best compliment at the Oscars came from Jennifer Lawrence: 'Never mind my dress – love the suit, Piers...,'" Morgan reveals an interaction with "P Diddy" that was less about "Benjamin's," and more about Blackberry's:
"We fist-bumped and shoulder-brushed – I’m working hard on my rap social-interaction skills – and exchanged small talk for a bit, then he caught sight of my spanking new all-black Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry and stopped dead in mid-sentence. ‘Whoa… you got a black one?’ ‘Yes – they’ve just come out.’ Diddy slowly extracted the old silver model from his pocket (I had that too, until it got wrecked on a fishing trip in Antigua at Christmas). ‘I can’t believe this,’ he muttered, looking genuinely crushed. ‘Silver’s so last millennium,’ I mocked. Diddy stared at my phone like a hungry five-year-old eyeing a Mars bar. ‘I want that one!’ An hour later, he shouted from across the lawn, ‘I called my assistant – I’m getting a black one tomorrow!’
The following evening, the British television presenter put on his best suit, shined up his shoes, and reported to the most famous rug in all of Hollywood:
"The Oscars red carpet is the greatest showbusiness parade of them all. So I was thrilled when CNN asked me to anchor a live two-hour special," he explained.
Reflecting on the evening, Morgan shared his experience revealing everything from his "MOST AWKWARD MOMENT" (an interview with Tommy Lee Jones) to the evening's "MOST TANTALISING" (Kerry Washington, who nearly lost her dress, uttering "I could have been naked before you.")
But as the title of his diary suggest, one of Morgan's most-memorable moments came from the evening's eventual Best Actress in a Leading Role winner:
"BEST RETURN COMPLIMENT: Jennifer Lawrence, the new Queen of Hollywood: ‘Never mind my dress – love the suit, Piers...’ (For fashionistas, it was a sultry little Dolce tuxedo.)"
However, even amidst all the glamour of this year's signature gala, Morgan couldn't escape the issue that has recently become his calling card. Gun Control:
"Everywhere I’ve gone in LA this weekend, I’ve had stars come up to me wanting to talk about my guns campaign," wrote Morgan. "Dustin Hoffman interrupted our red-carpet interview to suddenly exclaim, ‘By the way, God bless you for what you’re saying about gun control.’"
And when it wasn't "The Graduate," it was Jack Bauer:
"Kiefer Sutherland walked over, shook my hand and said, ‘I just want to say something to you. I’ve been watching all the gun stuff you’ve been doing on CNN and it’s one of the bravest things I’ve seen anyone do on American television for a very long time.' ‘Thanks, Kiefer,’ I replied. ‘Coming from you, that means a lot.’ ‘Just don’t stop,’ he added, firmly. ‘It’s too important. We’re all behind you.’"
The most poignant and power endorsement for Morgan's crusade may be the one that featured his countrywoman singing his praises:
"Finally, Adele told one of my CNN colleagues on air, ‘Tell Piers to keep doing what he’s doing. He knows what I’m talking about.’"
For more of Morgan's musings, and to hear additional details of his week-long Hollywood adventure, read the entire article here.
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