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Oscar party season is here — virtually, anyway.
Last weekend, Women in Film Los Angeles hosted its 14th annual Oscar Nominees party which featured 52 female nominees from in front of and behind the camera gathering on Zoom to celebrate. Toasting with Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker, the virtual hang saw guests logging on from South Korea, Italy, England, Chile, Spain, France, Tunisia, Israel, South Africa, Mexico and various parts of the U.S.
They even gathered for the traditional “class photo” (seen above), that, in a year not dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, would have been taken in person at a packed soiree in the Beverly Hills area in the days leading up to the Oscar telecast. The virtual event was co-hosted by Oscar-winner Viola Davis — nominated this year as best actress for her turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — along with Oscar-winning producer and former WIF board president Cathy Schulman.
Among the nominees in attendance: Mollye Asher (Nomadland); best supporting actress nominee Maria Bakalova, (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm); producer Ceán Chaffin (Mank); best supporting actress nominee Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy); best actress nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday); multiple nominee Emerald Fennell (director, picture and original screenplay) for Promising Young Woman; producer Ashley Fox (Promising Young Woman); H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, up for best original song for their work on Judas and the Black Messiah; best actress nominee Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman); producer Christina Oh (Minari); Laura Pausini and Diane Warren nominated for best original song for The Life Ahead; and best supporting actress nominee Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari).
In all, the party honored all 72 women, in front of and behind the camera, who are up for Academy Awards this year. The ceremony is scheduled for April 25.
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