Vanity Fair Honors Martin Scorcese

Sir Ben Kingsley, Jessica Chastain, Damian Bichir Among Stars Join Vanity Fair for Pre-Oscar Toast to Martin Scorcese and The Film Foundation

 

Vanity Fair and the Swiss watch brand Richard Mille paid tribute to Martin Scorcese and The Film Foundation Feb. 24 with a cocktail party at the newly reopened Hotel Bel-Air, famous for it tropical gardens and swan-filled lake.  

A star-studded affair, the event attracted Sir Ben Kingsley of “Hugo;” Jessica Chastain of “The Help;” Damian Bichir of “A Better Life;” Patricia Clarkson of “Friends With Benefits;” Danny Huston of “X-Men;”  Frances Conroy of “Six Feet Under;” Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco of “Goodfellas;” Kevin Corrigan of “The Departed;” Olga Kurylenko of “Quantum of Solace;” Kathleen Robertson of “Hollywoodland;” author Fran Lebowitz; and recording star Pharrell Williams, among others.  Richard Mille and Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief Graydon Carter were on hand to welcome guests.

Many congratulated Scorcese on his film, “Hugo,” which captured 11 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture. A 3-D valentine to the early movie industry, the story revolves around Georges Méliès, one of the industry’s pioneers who fell into obscurity after making hundreds of films in the late 19th century and early  20th century.
 

Kingsley noted that although it wasn’t a youngster who rediscovered Méliès, as in the movie, his role as Méliès was based on film history. And while most of the filmmaker’s works were lost or destroyed, Kingsley said that 90 to 100 films have now been found.

Friday’s affair was one of many in Vanity Fair’s week-long celebration of the Academy Awards, called “Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.” Events also included a tribute to the Eva Longoria Foundation, dedicated to assisting the Latino community and hosted by Vanity Fair, Chrysler and Longoria of “Desperate Housewives.” Another party honored the Princess Grace Foundation, which awards scholarships to emerging artists in theater, film and dance and was hosted by the luxury brand Montblanc and Wendy Stark Morrissey, Vanity Fair’s Los Angeles contributing editor.    

The Film Foundation, founded by Scorcese, is dedicated to preserving motion picture history, educating young people about classic films and raising awareness of the need for film preservation. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has helped save more than 500 films.

Photos, from top: Vanity Fair honors Martin Scorcese – pictured here with author Fran Lebowitz (photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair);  Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain spends a moment with Sir Ben Kingsley, an Oscar winner for the 1982 classic, “Ghandi.” (photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

 

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Vanity Fair Honors Martin Scorcese

Published Feb. 26, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA