Annual bash raises $6 million

It was a new vibe, but the same good cause, as the sixth annual Night Before party raised $6 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund on Saturday night.

Customarily held outdoors, the event was moved inside the Beverly Hills Hotel due to the weather, with some 800 celebs, execs and Oscar nominees crowding the fund-raiser.

The juxtaposition of so many high-profiles celebs — George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston — standing shoulder to shoulder with Hollywood’s biggest execs — Rupert Murdoch, Philippe Dauman, Kirk Kerkorian, Brad Grey, Bob Iger, Leslie Moonves – left attendees mingling in a sea of high-profile bizzers.

Oscar nominees making the rounds included Marion Cotillard, Tommy Lee Jones, Diablo Cody, Tilda Swinton, Julian Schnabel, Joel Coen, Casey Affleck, Jason Reitman and Tony Gilroy.

They sidled up to helmers Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee and Ron Howard and the music world’s Cher, Seal, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, plus box office draws Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford and Tobey Maguire. Also not to be missed were fashion designer Roberto Cavalli alongside industry stalwart Edie Wasserman.

It all added up to a very impressive evening, with the event bringing in a total of $31 million for the MPTF since the soiree’s inception in 2003.

The hefty haul is particularly welcome this year. The fund has received a record number of requests in the past few months from many in the industry needing financial help as a result of the four-month work stoppage, according to the org’s CEO, Ken Scherer.

MPTF chairman and Night Before host Jeffrey Katzenberg said, “(My wife) Marilyn and I felt strongly that this year, more than ever before, it was important to not only continue but step up support for MPTF.”

Founding sponsor Variety was represented by CEO Tad Smith with wife Caroline Fitzgibbons; new president and publisher Neil Stiles with Marla Brown and editor-in-chief Peter Bart with Phyllis Fredette.

Other sponsors were Hewlett Packard, Target, McDonald’s, L’Oreal Paris, AOL, Panavision and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.

Check out the Feb. 25 edition of Daily Variety for exclusive pictures of the Night Before bash.

Attendees of the sixth annual Night Before include:

J.J. Abrams
Casey Affleck
Paul Allen
Jennifer Aniston
Christina Applegate
Tom Arnold
David Arquette & Courteney Cox
Oren Aviv
William Baldwin
Eric Bana
Jason Bateman
Warren Beatty
Kate Beckinsale
Armyan Bernstein
Steve Bing
Orlando Bloom
Steven Bochco
Peter Bogdanovich
Zach Braff
Jerry Bruckheimer
James Burrows
James Caan
Mark Canton
Kate Capshaw
John Calley
Roberto Cavalli
Don Cheadle
Cher
Patricia Clarkson
George Clooney
Diablo Cody
Joel Coen
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sean Combs
Dane Cook
Marion Cotillard
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Jon Cryer
Elisha Cuthbert
Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart
Paul Dano
Philippe Dauman
Kristin Davis
Donald De Line
Laura Dern
Cameron Diaz
Matt Dillon
Robert Downey Jr.
Minnie Driver
Josh Duhamel & Stacy Ferguson
Robert Duvall
Aaron Eckhart
Melissa Etheridge
Angie Everhart
America Ferrera
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
Rick Fox
Jim Gianopulos
Tony Gilroy
Ginnifer Goodwin & Chris Klein
Larry Gordon
Brian Grazer
Brad Grey
Josh Groban
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jon Hamm
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Neal Patrick Harris
Josh Hartnett
Sean Hayes
Jill Hennesy
Natasha Henstridge
Nicky Hilton
Cheryl Hines
Dennis Hopper
Alan Horn
Ron Howard
Jennifer Hudson
Bob Iger
Jimmy Iovine
Allion Janney
Elton John
January Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
Diane Keaton
Kirk Kerkorian
Hawk Koch
John Krasinski
Ricki Lake
Spike Lee
John Lesher
Ed Limato
Heather Locklear & Jack Wagner
George Lopez
Richard Lovett
James McAvoy
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Tobey Maguire
Frank Mancuso
Debi Mazar
Ron Meyer
Leslie Moonves
Rupert Murdoch
Michael Nathanson & Cheryl Tiegs
Cheri Oteri
Holly Robinson Peete
Jaime Pressly
Zachary Quinto
Jason Reitman
Jeff Robinov
Ray Romano
Jane Rosenthal
Tom Rothman
Meg Ryan
James Schamus
Tommy Schlamme & Christine Lahti
Julian Schnabel
Ridley Scott
Seal & Heidi Klum
Bob Shaye
Marc Shmuger
Joel Silver
J.K. Simmons
Christian Slater
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Stacey Snider
Wesley Snipes
David Spade
Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw
Ben Stiller
Sharon Stone
Howard Stringer
Donald Sutherland
Tilda Swinton
Steve Tisch
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Blair Underwood
Paz Vega
Edie Wasserman
Harvey Weinstein
Jerry Weintraub
Forest Whitaker
Patrick Whitesell
Rainn Wilson
Jeff Zucker

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