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The Hollywood Reporter‘s Nominees Night celebration lured Oscar hopefuls including Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Amy Adams to Beverly Hills on Feb. 4 for an intimate event at the recently renovated Spago.
Hosted by THR editorial director Janice Min and THR senior vp and publisher Lynne Segall, the fete unfolded at Wolfgang Puck‘s hotspot, with nominees enjoying a night out following the Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon held earlier in the day.
Nominated Lincoln director Spielberg held court with his star Sally Field, a nominee for best supporting actress, and producer Kathleen Kennedy, while also posing for photos with DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Spielberg also chatted with Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, and best actress nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible) stopped by to speak with him.
Argo director-producer-star Affleck, fresh off his win at the DGA Awards on Saturday, gushed about his experience during awards season, which he said gave him the “opportunity to be around people I really admire.”
“Most of the shit in my life in terms of my day-to-day interactions with show business has to do with paparazzi taking pictures of my kids,” he said. “This is something wholly different, and it revitalizes my enthusiasm for why I wanted to do this from the beginning.”
Mingling with the Oscar nominees were several top executives, including Fox Filmed Entertainment chair Jim Gianopulos, Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros.’ Sue Kroll and Blair Rich, and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker.
Best actress nominee Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) was still glowing from the Oscar Luncheon. She spent some time with her co-stars Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles, who stayed at THR‘s party until late in the night. Silver Linings director David O. Russell and co-star Jacki Weaver also joined the celebration.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to just look around at people who have been your heroes forever and to just be in the same room as them,” Lawrence told THR. “The women that I’m nominated with really just make it so much more special just to think that I could be even in the same sentence as them.”
Also nominated for best actress, Zero Dark Thirty star Chastain — who was wearing Givenchy and Christian Louboutin — flew into Los Angeles from New York on Sunday night to attend the Oscar nominees luncheon and THR‘s party on Monday night.
“I’ve heard so much, what a great year it is for women in cinema, women in film, but to be honest, in my opinion, I believe a great year for women in film is just a great year for film,” said Chastain, who stars as a CIA operative who is vital in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. “So it’s very exciting to be a part of that year in film.”
Laura Dern, star of HBO’s Enlightened, also attended the event, where Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan held court on one of the sofas all night with his girlfriend, Holly Rice.
Among the highlights of the evening was an appearance by DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion), who took to the turntables for an hour as a benefit for his Snoop Youth Football League. Snoop played a wide variety of hits, from Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to Dawn Penn‘s “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No).”
Getting in on the action, Sarandos and wife Nicole Avant hit the booth to spin with Snoop.
Sponsors for The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night party included Pandora, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Zenith, Woodford Reserve and Finlandia.
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