THR's Nominees Night: Alicia Vikander, Sylvester Stallone and a Sam Smith Performance
'The Hateful Eight's' Jennifer Jason Leigh, 'Spotlight' director Tom McCarthy and 'Room' director Lenny Abrahamson also were among A-listers who partied under the stars at the glitzy bash Monday night at Spago.
Oscar nominees Alicia Vikander, Sylvester Stallone and Sam Smith were among those who turned out for The Hollywood Reporter's annual Nominees Night party at Spago in Beverly Hills on Monday.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll, Spotlight director Tom McCarthy, The Revenant producer Mary Parent, Spotlight and Revenant producer Steve Golin, Spotlight producers Michael Sugar and Nicole Rocklin, Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, songwriter Diane Warren, What Happened, Miss Simone? director Liz Garbus, Charlie Kaufman, David Foster, Topher Grace and 13-time Oscar nominee and cinematographer Roger Deakins also joined numerous A-listers at the glittery affair held in honor of the actors, filmmakers and other nominees who will be feted at the Oscars on Feb. 28.
"It was a big change in the way that I hadn't done much press or anything outside of Europe," Swedish actress Vikander told The Hollywood Reporter of the increased amount of press she has received in the U.S. "So that's really wild." She could later be seen dancing with glass in hand to tunes spun by DJ Kiss.
Smith, nominated for best original song, serenaded the audience with three heartfelt performances for the lively crowd. He began his emotional set with "I'm Not the Only One," followed by Spectre's "Writings on the Wall" and "Stay With Me."
"I know I said I was only going to do one, but I'm going to bore you for three if it's OK," said Smith (pictured at left) to the attendees. "This is actually the first time that I've sung for about two months now, so it feels good to be back and signing, so thank you for listening. We are here for an incredible reason: me and the amazing Jimmy Napes have been nominated for an Oscar. We came to the [Oscar Nominees] lunch today. I feel like I'm constantly party-crashing at these events."
The Hateful Eight's Leigh told THR the highlight of her awards season thus far is "the beauty. I just love the clothes and getting made up and getting into beautiful dresses," she said. "You just call it a night right there."
Also mingling at the party were costume designer Sandy Powell, Christina Milian, Piers Morgan, Amy director Asif Kapadia, Son of Saul director Laszlo Nemes, Straight Outta Compton writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, and Bridge of Spies co-writer Matt Charman.
Warren, who is nominated for her eighth Oscar for The Hunting Ground's "Till It Happens to You," said of collaborating with Lady Gaga on the best original song nominee: "She's amazing. She's just a great person. I love her." She continued her praises of Gaga, saying, "I thought she was weirder than me, but I think I'm weirder than her. She said I'm weirder than her, too. ... She's so talented. She's just the real deal."
Spotlight director McCarthy said of his film, which took three years to make: "We never imagined we'd be talking this much about directing this much in our lives. You can never anticipate how a movie is going to connect and roll out and continue into awards season, so the first time doing this fully, it's pretty impressive in a lot of ways. It's also a lot of fun."
McCarthy said the highlight of the film was "the three years making it with this guy," in reference to Spotlight writer Josh Singer.
American Airlines, Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, Roberto Coin, Woodford Reserve and Fiji Water sponsored the dazzling event, which showcased lavish jewelry displays from designer Coin and a Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills photo booth with an accompanying touch-up station featuring Tom Ford makeup.
Attendees were served an assortment of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, including spicy tuna tartare, mini burgers, falafel, sushi, filet mignon, hand-rolled pasta, ahi tuna, raspberry dark chocolate opera cake, tangerine mousse bombes and cheesecake, along with a selection of signature cocktails provided by Woodford Reserve and American Airlines.
Many Oscar hopefuls arrived at THR's bash to mix and mingle at the evening soiree, but Joss Whedon arrived to the party with work in hand, sporting a satchel containing materials for an upcoming project on the blue carpet. "It is top secret," he quipped. "I'm writing something and I'm very excited about it. Hopefully I'll be able to say something about it soon."