The glamor, the conversation with Oscar and the feverish networking continued despite the concern of California forest fires.
Sam Elliott sat quietly in his elegant suit at the Warner Bros. table, where Clint Eastwood was making Michelle Yeoh, star of "Crazy Rich Asians," laugh. But the Oscar nominee "A Star Is Born" was not in a jovial mood. "The fire came on the Malibu crest," he said. He and his wife Katharine Ross stayed to save their house by pouring water on it. "But we do not have power, all this seems very surreal." He knows many others who did lose their homes.
The fires in progress left aside the tenth edition of the Governors Awards, which is a night for the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences to congratulate their own without worrying about winning or losing. The Governors Awards held five icons on Sunday night in Hollywood and Highland, but reduced the red carpet to the photos only because of the wildfires in California. The president of the Academy, John Bailey, opened the event recognizing that the house of the Polish cinematographer Dariusz Wolski was destroyed by the flames: "Part of our own history was lost in the same fire, in Paramount Ranch, home of the film projections silent summer of the Academy ".
The honorary presentations of this year's Oscar were a kind of family adventure for Steven Spielberg, as the filmmaker thanked Marvin Levy, his loyal 41-year-old publicist, who began working with him on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at Columbia in 1977 and it was maintained throughout the training. of Amblin, DreamWorks and Amblin again, as he supported the causes from the 1963 March in Washington to the Shoah Foundation. "That's what we do, we use celebrities to fight for civil rights," he said.
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Two other members of the extended Spielberg family, Lucasfilm executive director Kathleen Kennedy and producer Frank Marshall, accepted the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for "a consistently high quality film production."
They are the first married couple (32 years stronger) who take home the prize together, and Kennedy is the first woman. They met on the set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1979 and were professional collaborators before falling in love. "It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship," Kennedy said. Who knew that she was one of the dancers of "Anything Goes" in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", or that Spielberg interrupted her with her future husband and became a third wheel?
Long before the "Bourne" franchise, Marshall began helping Peter Bogdanovich to do "Objectives" and "The Last Picture Show", while Kennedy started as Spielberg's secretary. He promoted it when he realized that, instead of taking notes at meetings, he used to take charge of them with his good ideas. "I am very proud to be the first woman to receive the Thalberg," he said, "but not the first to deserve it and, definitely, not the last." He went to the room and said: "Each of us has an obligation to all who have a story to tell will be given an opportunity."
The Governor's Awards attract such a dazzling crowd in part because powers like Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Quincy Jones, Ava DuVernay and Tyler Perry want to honor a revered legend like 93-year-old actress Cicely Tyson ("Sounder", Roots " The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman "). "Being able to touch a single person is a gift," he said in his moving speech, without a teleprompter.
But the event has become a must-see because all the studios and independent distributors in the city are happy to fill their tables with aspiring Oscar's, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. And the changing form of Hollywood is also revealed, as the attendees of Amazon and Netflix spread across the studio landscape.
Emma Watts, executive of Ascending Fox, was sharing her time with the stars of "The Hate U Give" Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby, the director of "Widows" Steve McQueen and the star of "Bohemian Rhapsody" Rami Malek while they rubbed elbows with his new bosses, Bob Iger of Disney and Alan Horn. . She is looking forward to starting again, he said.
At the Fox Searchlight table, the director of "The Favorite", Yorgos Lanthimos, admitted that while the studio may have wanted him to change some things in his perversely dissonant film, "they never insisted on that," he said. "I have the final cut." The star Emma Stone was in deep conversation with the star of another costume drama, "Mary Queen of Scots", Saoirse Ronan, written by the showrunner of "House of Cards" Beau Willimon. The stars of Marielle Heller "Can you ever forgive me?" Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy were roaming the room.
In a strong year for the studio product, Disney / Marvel's "Black Panther" stars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong & Danai Gurai were present, along with the author of "Incredibles 2", Brad Bird and Emily Blunt (with "A Quiet The Director of Place", John Krasinski) and Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose gigantic vacations "Mary Poppins Returns" were announced this weekend.
Lady Gaga rocked the red carpet and sat with Elliott and the team that competes with the Oscar "A Star Is Born." Will box office success remain the favorite? Only if someone else does not catch up first.
On the Sony side of the room were President Tom Rothman with Jason Reitman and Hugh Jackman ("The Front Runner"), and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics with "The Wife" star Glenn Close and John C. Reilly "Stan & Ollie", I was talking to Jonah Hill ("Mid90s") and Ari Aster ("Hereditary").
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Netflix content czar Ted Sarandos and Original Movies director Scott Stuber organized a strong contingent that includes "Rome" director Alfonso Cuaron and his producers Gaby Rodriguez and Nico Celis and actresses Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Taverna, as well as to the star of "The Kindergarten Teacher" Maggie Gyllenhaal The star of "Private Life" Kathryn Hahn and its screenwriter and director Tamara Jenkins, and the editor William Goldenberg ("July 22"). The star of "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", Zoe Kazan, has a new baby of 12 weeks with his partner, the actor and director Paul Dano, who accompanied his star of "Wildlife" Carey Mulligan.
Netflix documentary director Lisa Nishimura guided "Quincy" filmmakers Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones and her father, the subject of the documentary "Quincy," as well as Sandi Tan, director of the documentary "Shirkers," nominated by Spirit, and Kirby, director of "Bleeding Edge." Cock.
Bob Berney, from Amazon Studios, was doing the round with Pawel Pawlikowski, Oscar winner "Ida", who admitted that he has not seen his "Cold War" awarded from Cannes, as well as the blockbuster of Plan B "Beautiful Boy " and his star Timothée Chalamet, who is attracting the audience to see the drama of drug addiction.
Andrew Karpen, from Bleecker Street, traveled from New York to receive the writer and director Debra Granik and her 18-year-old "Leave No Trace" star, Thomasin McKenzie, who is leaving school in New Zealand to pursue acting at full time, in addition to "What they had" stars Robert Forster and Hilary Swank and director Elizabeth Chomko.
Swank enjoyed seeing his director of "Million Dollar Baby" Eastwood go uncontrolled, improvising without a teleprompter with his octogenarian compatriot, the Argentine composer Schifrin, who in addition to traveling with Dizzy Gillespie and composing the song "Mission: Impossible", won eight films with Eastwood, from "Dirty Harry" to "Bluff de Coogan." "Jazz is American classical music," Schifrin said. "Music is an international language that does not need subtitles. Getting this Oscar is a mission accomplished. "
A24 brought in "First Reformed" star Ethan Hawke, resplendent in a red jacket, and fellow Spirit nominee, writer and director Paul Schrader (who said he wrote the script after Pawlikowski told him to write about spirituality) , along with the diminutive Elsie Fisher, protagonist of the author of "Eighth Degree" and "Hereditary" Aster, who has ten scripts in his trunk and is already finishing one of them, "Midsommar", for the launch of A24 in 2019, a Dark fairytale starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, and Will Poulter.
Annapurna received "Vice" star Amy Adams and screenwriter and director Adam McKay, who just finished his film and screened it this weekend, Barry Jenkins and his impressive cast of "If Beale Street Could Talk", directed by Regina King, Boots Riley ("Sorry to Bother You"), and the director of "Destroyer" Karyn Kusama, whose star Nicole Kidman was sitting with his compatriot, the director of "Boy Erased" Joel Edgerton, at the table Focus Features, together with the stars of "BlackKlansman", John David Washington and Topher Grace and the director Spike Lee, who continued jumping to applaud Tyson. (She scored the most permanent ovations of the night.)
Read more:'Green Book': Will it save the blunt Oscar Contender from mouth to mouth? Universal president Donna Langley, sitting next to "First Man" author Damien Chazelle, admitted that the studio hoped that the public's attention would increase the audience's interest in the "Green Book", whose writer and director Peter Farrelly He was surrounded by people who told him how much they liked him. movie to feel good. Mahershala Ali, the star of the "Green Paper", was with Carey Mulligan, while Viggo Mortensen, who won 45 pounds to play Copacabana goalkeeper Tony Lipp, spoke in Spanish with Cinépolis CEO Alejandro Ramírez, who wants bring the new movie ("Falling"). Directing to the Morelia Film Festival next October. "It could be over in time," said Mortensen. (In Mexico, like the US, the big networks will not play in the "Rome" of Netflix, which is being shown in the art and rehearsal cinemas). While the Governors Awards look back on the highest achievements in the industry, in Hollywood, it is also about taking every opportunity to keep moving forward.
Universal president Donna Langley, sitting next to "First Man" author Damien Chazelle, admitted that the studio hoped that the public's attention would increase the audience's interest in the "Green Book", whose writer and director Peter Farrelly He was surrounded by people who told him how much they liked him. movie to feel good. Mahershala Ali, the star of the "Green Paper", was with Carey Mulligan, while Viggo Mortensen, who won 45 pounds to play Copacabana goalkeeper Tony Lipp, spoke in Spanish with Cinépolis CEO Alejandro Ramírez, who wants bring the new movie ("Falling"). Directing to the Morelia Film Festival next October.
"It could be over in time," said Mortensen. (In Mexico, like the US, the big networks will not play in the "Rome" of Netflix, which is being shown in the art and rehearsal cinemas).
While the Governors Awards look back on the highest achievements in the industry, in Hollywood, it is also about taking every opportunity to keep moving forward.