Studios Irked as Film Academy Hikes Table Fees at Governors Awards

The Oscars group raises prices for the honorary ceremony to $60K, up from $40K last year, which is still less than LACMA's Art + Film Gala (up to $100K per table) and NYC's Met Gala (up to $275K).
Studios and independent film distributors pay a high per-table fee to seat casts and filmmakers.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards is one of the most starry events of the season.

The 2017 edition at Hollywood & Highland drew A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman, Mary J. Blige, Tessa Thompson, Adam Sandler, Robert Pattinson, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Sarah Paulson, Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams and more.

Now those who manage the purse strings at major studios and indie distributors complain to The Hollywood Reporter that rubbing elbows with such stars comes at too high a price: $60,000 per table, up from $40,000 last year.

Sources close to AMPAS counter that other glittery events, such as LACMA's Art+Film Gala (where tables go for as high as $100,000) and NYC's Met Gala (up to $275,000), charge more, and the Governors Awards have even more star power than the Oscars.

What you get Nov. 18 is a front seat to see Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin and Cicely Tyson and more take home honorary Oscars.

A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.