BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea

BAFTA LA Fetes Nominees at an Afternoon Tea:

Tom Hanks, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and More



The day before the Golden Globes, the L.A. chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, aka BAFTA Los Angeles, celebrated the awards season by inviting the year’s nominees and potential nominees to afternoon tea.

All through the Jan. 11 tea party, chapter chair Nigel Daly greeted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. There, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, they enjoyed cocktails, six different kinds of tea, pastries, scones and sandwiches, in addition to learning about BAFTA’s educational and philanthropic projects.

Some actors, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, popped in for a short spell. Others stuck around to meet BAFTA members, pose for pictures and chat informally with guests.

Tom Hanks had high praise for Billy Ray, screenwriter for “Captain Phillips,” one of my favorite films this year. Had I been an Academy member, I would have handed Hanks the Oscar – or a nomination at least – for his performance, especially in – spoiler alert- his final cathartic scene following his character’s rescue. Hanks said his reaction hadn’t been scripted. However, he credited the excellence of the script for making such a scene possible.

In discussing “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul said he’d miss playing Jesse Pinkman now that the series has ended, but said he felt fortunate to have had the role.


Having seen Janet McTeer of “The White Queen” in a London production of “Mary Stuart,” I expressed my admiration to her, especially for the scene she played in a downpour onstage. McTeer said she wore a wetsuit under her costume.

Judging from all the familiar faces, it seemed nearly  everyone under consideration for an award turned up, also among them Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray, producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” and Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle.”

There, too, were director Martin Scorcese and producer Joey McFarland of “The Wolf of Wall Street;” and Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” and producer Chris Meledandri  of “Despicable Me 2.”

More were Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Rebecca Ferguson, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Bruce Dern, writer Bob Nelson and producer Ron Yerxa of “Nebraska;”writer/director Steve Coogan, the real Philomena Lee and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;”  and writer Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey.”

Yet more were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” writer/director Haifaa al-Mansour of “Wadja;” plus Christoph Waltz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Joan Collins, Jane Seymour, Alice Eve, DGA president Paris Barclay; Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce of Britweek, and many more.

Jaguar and Mulberry presented the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea.

Click here to read my story in the Los Angeles Times; and click here for see the L.A. Times photo gallery.



Photos, this page:

Top photo: Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz share a laugh at the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea 2014 (photo,

Second photo: Shohreh Aghdashloo, an Oscar nominee in 2003, chats with two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks at the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea 2014 (photo,

Third photo: Haifaa al-Mansour, writer/director of “Wajdja, and Billy Ray, Academy Award-nominated writer for “Captain Phillips,” at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea (photo,

Fourth photo: Susan Cartsonis, producer of “What Women Want” with Rox Yerxa, producer of “Nebraska,” at the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea 2014 (photo,

Fifth photo: Janet McTeer of “The White Queen” and Joe Coleman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea (photo,

Sixth photo: Director Paul Greengrass of “Captain Philips” and Joanna Greengrass at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea (photo,




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Published Feb. 6, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA