THR Nominees Night

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This is the week the balloons fly -- after months of selling, campaigning and positioning," said awards-season veteran Marcia Gay Harden, a supporting actress Oscar winner for 2000's Pollock, at The Hollywood Reporter's third annual Nominees Night party, which recognized the cast and filmmakers of this year's nine contenders for best picture. The setting was a huge, beautifully lit tent set behind Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's official residence, the Getty House, in Hancock Park, which DreamWorks' Stacey Snider called "glamorous and chic." The mayor told the guests -- who enjoyed a caviar station, parmesan-crusted rock cod and gold-dusted chocolate-truffle "Oscar pops" -- that "we open the house for good causes. What better cause than the industry that's the lifeblood of the city's economy?" Among the slew of nominees on hand were Demian Bichir, Max von Sydow, Jessica Chastain, Aaron Sorkin and producers Kathleen Kennedy (War Horse), Brunson Green (The Help) and Graham King (Hugo), plus such execs as Fox's Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos and Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. Past nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and his wife hit the dance floor, while Chastain chatted with Glee's Darren Criss until the lights came on. Said Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley, whose The Descendants nabbed five noms: "I feel a sense of joy. Whatever's going to happen is going to happen."