Women In Film PreOscar Party
The Women in Film toast to the female Academy Award nominees, presented by the WIF board and Perrier-Jouet, took place at the Fig & Olive in Los Angeles Feb. 28, when the night’s rainfall got so heavy that no one dare venture out of the restaurant.
Never mind that preOscar soirees were taking place all over town and many guests had multiple invitations. Party-hopping came to a standstill.
But then, why would anyone want to leave when WIF’s crowd included Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” June Squibb of “Nebraska” and Julie Delpy of “Before Midnight,” among the more than 30 female Academy Award nominees in writing, producing, directing and many other categories?
To read more about this event, click here to read my story in the Los Angeles Times, and scroll down to read more quotes and see more pictures.
Co-hosted by WIF president Cathy Schulman and the great Helen Mirren, this cocktail reception turned out to be a huge highlight of the preOscar circuit. Both Schulman and Mirren are Academy Award-winners; Schulman for producing “Crash;” Mirren for leading actress in “The Queen.”
“Shut up,” she roared, on taking the mini-stage, “cause momma’s in the house – and that means all you guys over there next to the bar.”
As silence ensued, Mirren spoke of her joy at being older, although she said she’s seen so much change since beginning her career that she’d like to live another 40 years to see what’s next.
She compared the old days of entering male-dominated film sets to “walking into a locker room of the NFL,” adding, “It was a very, very male atmosphere. Maybe there were one or two women on the set.” Mirren said she saluted the women in the room who made that change: “They have made the world such that the younger girls amongst us are looking at you guys going, ‘Well if she can do it I can do it.’”
Schulman called the nominees to the podium to acknowledge them, introduce them and express gratitude. “Thank you for being leaders in our community,” she said. “Thank you for being role models for the women who will follow, and thank you for being women willing to give back and support those who are still to come.”
There for the shindig were Sarah Paulson of “12 Years a Slave,” Elisabeth Rohm of “American Hustle,” Jaime King of “Sin City,” Lake Bell of “The Million Dollar Arm,” Arielle Kebbel of “The Vampire Diaries,” Gabourey Sidibe of “American Horror Story,” Joely Fisher of “‘Fatal Acquittal,” Kate Flannery of “The Office,” recording artist Melanie Brown, James Frain of “The White Queen,” Cary Elwes of “The Princess Bride,” Cloris Leachman of “Raising Hope,” Kelly Bensimon of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Mandy Moore of “Saved!” and John Demsey, chair of the MAC AIDS Fund and group president of The Estee Lauder Companies.
There, too, were producers Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner of “12 Years a Slave,” Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Joey McFarland of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Rachel Winter and Robbie Brenner of “Dallas Buyers Club,” Michael De Luca of “Captain Phillips,” Gabrielle Tana of “Philomena,” Jennifer Lee of “Frozen,” Kristine Belson of “The Croods,” Lydia Dean Pilcher of “Cutie and the Boxer,” Caitrin Rogers of “20 Feet from Stardom,” Jehane Noujaim of “The Square,” Sara Ishaq of “Karama Has No Walls,” Signe Byrge Sørensen of The Act of Killing” and Nicholas Reed of “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life;” writer Melisa Wallack of “Dallas Buyers Club;” production designer Joanne Woollard of “Gravity;” makeup artists Gloria Pasqua-Casny, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews; and short film producers Kirsikka Saari, Selma Vilhunen and Dorothy McKim.
Women in Film is dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential in creative and management positions. MaxMara, MAC Cosmetics and Perrier Jouet, sponsored the affair.
Top photo: From left, Oscar nominees June Squibb and Lupita Nyong’o raise a glass of champagne with party co-hosts Cathy Schulman and Helen Mirren at the Women In Film PreOscar Party, presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara (Photo by John Sciulli/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Second photo: Julie Delpy, an Oscar contender for writing “Before Midnight,” at the Women In Film PreOscar Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara (Photo by Jesse Grant/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Third photo: Mandy Moore at the Women In Film PreOscar Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara (Photo by Jesse Grant/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Fourth photo: Gabourey Sidibe, left, of “American Horror Story” and Cloris Leachman of “Raising Hope” at the Women In Film PreOscar Party (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Women In Film)
Fifth photo: Lupita Nyong’o, left, of “12 Years a Slave” with Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren of “The Queen” at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara(Photo by Jesse Grant/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Seventh photo: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. group president John Demsey with Lupita Nyong’o at the Women In Film PreOscar Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara (Photo by John Sciulli/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
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Published Mar. 6, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA