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One of Oscar season’s glitziest events is getting a new home.
The venerable Night Before fundraiser party, held each year on the evening before the Academy Awards, will be held on the 20th Century Fox lot. The event, a benefit for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, was held since 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but organizers revealed earlier this year that the party would be moved as part of a boycott of the hotel over its owner the Sultan of Brunei’s controversial stance on gays.
The brainchild of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Night Before has raised more than $60 million over the past 12 years for the MPTF, which assists elderly members of the Hollywood community. A magnet for Oscar nominees, the event regularly attracts A-list talent. Its 2014 host committee included such names as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock and Octavia Spencer.
The Night Before event is one of several entertainment industry functions that have moved in the wake of the Sultan’s decision to implement policies that call for violence against those who engage in homosexual or extramarital activities in Brunei. The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, which was held for two decades at the Beverly Hills Hotel, is moving to Milk Studios for this year’s even Dec. 10.
The Hollywood Reporter is a media sponsor of the Night Before.
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