Oscar hopefuls gather for annual tradition

Most of the past week’s moving circus of pre-Golden Globe Awards parties were held after dark, but BAFTA/LA hosted its annual tea-party tribute to the nominees on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon.

“Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan was among those who took in the BAFTA/LA tea at the BevHills Hotel. Morgan said the week’s lineup of nonstop happenings is “like your wedding: impossible to enjoy in the moment; gets better on reflection; and you need a holiday to recover.”

“Wall-E” director Andrew Stanton said he “felt lucky to be invited to the party” but after all of the events he’s attended, “It feels like it’s been Christmas for weeks and at some point you have to take down the lights.”

Melissa Leo, star of “Frozen River,” said she was happy with the Globe nomination “and the whole process is deeply delightful because it means I’ll get more work.”

For Ron Howard, the whole industry party/kudocast pageant was “not only flattering, it’s imperative.”

“The best service the awards provide is to elevate the profile of movies that are a challenge to market,” the “Frost/Nixon” helmer said.

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