BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party

Golden Globes Nominees Turn Out in Force at BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party 


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles got the 2013 awards season off to a festive start, by hosting a Tea Party Jan. 12 to wish all the nominees good luck. Many attending were up for Golden Globe Awards, Oscars, BAFTAs and other weighty industry nods in the weeks ahead. 

Hollywood’s top stars and filmmakers streamed into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills throughout the afternoon to mingle with BAFTA LA chair Gary Dartnall, deputy chair Nigel Daly and others. As the party presented a unique gathering of VIPs, many congratulations were overheard for the nominees, (not to mention a few deal proposals.) 

Crowding into the room were Ben Affleck of “Argo,” Daniel Day-Lewis of “Lincoln,” Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Sienna Miller of “The Girl,” Marion Cotillard of “Rust and Bone,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family,” Benedict Cumberbatch of “Sherlock,” Danny Huston of “Magic City,” Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife,” Toby Jones of “The Girl,” Jon Bon Jovi, nominated for best original song, and many more. (To see photos, scroll down the page and check the gallery below.) 

“Les Miserables” was well-represented by actors Anne Hathway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter; plus director Tom Hooper; composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil; and Boublil’s wife Marie Zamora, who sang the role of Fantine in the original French production.

Looking elegant in a cream and silver cocktail frock by Vionnet, Seyfried said she was nervous to have the composers on the set, but of course, loved the opportunity to sing the role of Cosette. Redmayne, the film’s Marius, said there may have been a bit of some nervousness, but that he enjoyed the collaborative nature of having the composers present.

Downton Abbey players also joined the party in force, appearing after the dessert course at a BritWeek luncheon prior to the Tea Party. The BritWeek affair feted creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame, actress Michelle Dockery, Masterpiece producer Rebecca Eaton and others. 

Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom” said she studied journalism and funny enough, her acting career has largely remained on that path. She said she played a fake journalist on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” and now a real journalist on “The Newsroom.” (Given Munn’s respect for journalists, recently she also presented an award at “Courage in Journalism” to another type of journalist: the fearless, inspiring ones who risk their lives for their stories.)

A family affair, Miss Golden Globe Francesca Eastwood, turned up with her mom, Frances Fisher of “Titanic;” and Sally Field, a best supporting actress nominee for “Lincoln,” was accompanied by her son Sam Greisman. 

Among many others enjoying the afternoon were directors Kathryn Bigelow of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Lasse Hallstrom of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Ang Lee of “Life of Pi” and Tim Burton of “Frankenweenie;” producers Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, Lynn Harris of Warner Bros. Kevin McCormick of “Gangster Squad,” Daniel Lupovitz of “Death Defying Acts” and Susan Cartsonis of “Beastly,” and Michele Berk of the upcoming “Baywatch” movie; and writer Tony Kushner of “Lincoln.”

More were Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad,” Claire Holt of “The Vampire Diaries,” Ken Howard of “SAG President,” Callan McAuliffe of “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine O’Hara of “Frankenweenie,” David Oyelowo of “Lincoln” and “Middle of Nowhere,” Dev Patel of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “The Newsroom,” Harold Perrineau of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Suraj Sharma of “Life of Pi,” Juno Temple of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Nadine Velazquez of “Flight.” Jacqueline Bisset, Olivia d’Abo, and Japanese rocker Yoshiki, who composed the Golden Globe Awards theme.

Aside from the cocktails, tea sandwiches and desserts, the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party also offered a silent auction to help fund community outreach and other philanthropic programs. Event sponsors included Audi, The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, BBC AMERICA and Champagne Taittinger. 


Top photo: Amanda Seyfried, Cosette in “Les Miserables,” wears a cream and silver Vionnet, at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party (photo: 

Second photo: Frances Fisher of “Titanic,” left, and her daughter, Francesca Eastwood, this year’s Miss Golden Globe at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party (photo:

Third photo: Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom” in Escada at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party (photo:

Fourth photo: Sally Field and her son Sam Greisman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party (photo: 



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BAFTA LA Celebrates the Primetime Emmys at a Tea with Edie Falco, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Paulson, Anna Gunn, Much of Downton Abbey Cast and More

Miss Golden Globe Francesca Eastwood and Lots More Young Stars Celebrate W and GUESS Anniversaries

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Inside the Director’s Room; Outside w/Gene Simmons of KISS: All at Opening Day at Santa Anita

Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 Premieres with Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Maude Apatow

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BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party

Published Jan. 13 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA