Inside the White House Correspondents' Dinner
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is being joined by journalists, politicos and Hollywood stars at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association.
Harvey Weinstein, Lupita Nyong'o, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Arianna Huffington, Mindy Kaling, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Savannah Guthrie are among the Hollywood fixtures who have descended upon the nation's capital for the event.
Diane Lane, Jessica Simpson, Lizzy Caplan, Brad Paisley, Katharine McPhee, Wolf Blitzer, Cynthia Nixon, Rose McGowan, Taylor Schilling, Dax Shepard, John Leguizamo and Rick Springfield have also joined first lady Michelle Obama and the president at the black-tie event at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Keeping with the political theme, Scandal stars Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Guillermo Diaz, Dan Bucatinsky and Katie Lowes also are on the scene.
This post will be updated with the latest things seen and heard. THR.com will provide video highlights from Joel McHale's remarks.
Find the complete list of who is sitting where at the bottom of the post.
6:30 p.m. ET
There's a long line to get into the main dining room. People are comparing notes on which celebrities they've seen (mostly castmembers from politically themed shows Veep and House of Cards.)
6:38 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has arrived. He pauses to talk with the Winklevoss twins, who raised money for his election. The mayor is sitting at the Washington Post table. Armie Hammer, who played the twins in The Social Network, is also at the dinner.
6:50 p.m. ET
Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin roll into the event.
7 p.m. ET
The president and first lady are arriving on the scene. Bystanders cheer, and some attempt selfies as the motorcade drives by on Connecticut Avenue.
Sofia Vergara breezes through with a tall male escort who keeps people with cellphone cameras at bay.
7:23 p.m. ET
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson sports a trademark USA bandana along with his dinner attire. He stops to pose for photos with Katie Couric.
7:45 p.m. ET
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o just arrived in a black-and-white strapless Oscar de la Renta gown.
7:53 p.m. ET
Arrested Development's elder statesman Jeffrey Tambor stops to pose for photos.
9: 00 p.m. ET
Joel McHale chats at the head table with the first lady.
Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman approaches the head table to greet the president.
9:41 p.m. ET
The mingling between dinner and dessert has begun. Willie Robertson is very busy signing autographs. CNN's Jeff Zucker is chatting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Arianna Huffington just kissed Attorney General Eric Holder on both cheeks.
Who is sitting where:
Lupita Nyong’o, actress
Steve McQueen, director
Alfonso Cuarón, director
Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber
Armie Hammer, actor
Elizabeth Chambers, actress
Patrick Duffy, actor
The Huffington Post:
Arianna Huffington, president of The Huffington Post
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Ashley Moss, Richard Sherman’s girlfriend
Kristen Bell, actress
Dax Shepard, actor
Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Stephen Burwell, husband of Sylvia Burwell
Federica Marchionni, president of Dolce & Gabbana
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama
Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company
Questlove, musician (the Roots)
Anna Kendrick, actress
Mick Sullivan, talent agent
Ron Dermer, the United States Ambassador to Israel
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Jack O’Connell, actor
Darren Criss, actor
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the U.S. Navy
Madeline Stowe, actress
Jeremy Bird, Democratic political strategist
Christine Fox, acting Deputy Secretary of Defense
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Courtney O’Donnell, former director of communications for Jill Biden
Oliver Luck, Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University
Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Kevin Hart, actor/comedian
Eniko Parrish, girlfriend of Kevin Hart
will.i.am, musician (The Black Eyed Peas)
Sage Kotsenburg, Olympic athlete
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff
Matt Lauer, co-anchor of the “Today Show”
Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of the “Today Show”
Al Roker, co-host of the “Today Show”
Natalie Morales, co-host the “Today Show”
Carson Daly, the “Today Show”
Cynthia McFadden, NBC News
David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press”
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC News
Peter Alexander, NBC News
Luke Russert, NBC News
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
Tom Costello, NBC News
Pete Williams, NBC News
Kristen Welker, NBC News
Julianna Margulies, actress
David McCallum, actor
Brad Paisley, musician
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress
Gloria Estefan, musician
Emilio Estefan, musician
Spike Jonze, director
William Bratton, New York Police Department Commissioner
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Tony Goldwyn, actor
Bellamy Young, actress
Darby Stanchfield, actress
Hayden Panettiere, actress
Chip Esten, actor
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor
Eric Stonestreet, actor
Sofia Vergara, actress
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)
Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera, director of communications for first lady Michelle Obama
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Jack Lew, United States Secretary of the Treasury
Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Adviser
The Washington Post:
Francois Delattre, ambassador of France to the U.S.
Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
B. Todd Jones, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor
John Podesta, White House counselor
Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator
Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List
Garry Trudeau, creator of “Doonesbury” and writer and producer of Alpha House
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)
Beau Willimon (“HOC”)
Michael Kelly (“HOC”)
Michael Gill (“HOC”)
Sakina Jeffrey (“HOC”)
Molly Parker (“HOC”)
Sebastian Arcelus (“HOC”)
Mahershala Ali (“HOC”)