Seabar, BevHills Hotel, H'w'd home bash venues
Kudos season kicked into high gear over the weekend with coast-to-coast bashes spotlighting contenders for Oscar gold.
The WGA West stepped into the frenzy Friday evening with a reception tied in to the Broadcast Film Critics’ Critics Choice kudos.
None of the nominated scribes minded the guild tie-in. “I never get tired of going to parties like this,” admitted Gary Ross, who scripted and directed “Seabiscuit.”
Most formidable presence at the Seabar bash was the Sheridan family, with Jim, who co-wrote “In America” with daughters Kirsten and Naomi. “I’m in a great mood, thanks to the mojitos,” he said.
Sheridan and “Cold Mountain” scribe Anthony Minghella hit the Critics Choice kudos the following evening at the BevHills Hotel — which emcee Eric McCormack introduced as “the first of 350 such shows that will air in the next six weeks” — before heading to Palm Springs for the fest gala on Sunday.
Critics Choice kudocast drew a glittering array, including Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clint Eastwood and a bevy of “Mystic River” stars, “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Keaton and “In America’s” sister act, Emma and Sarah Bolger.
The party continued at Lions Gate topper Michael Burns‘ Hollywood Hills home. That bash, thrown together five days prior, doubled as an after-party and a chance to officially toast Lions Gate’s merger with Artisan.
An overhead camera called much attention to presenters’ male-pattern baldness and push-up bras at the 69th New York Film Critics Circle Awards Sunday in Gotham.
Frostbitten crowd escaped the sub-zero temperatures outside to partake of cocktails and dinner at cavernous Times Square restaurant Noche.
Evening’s comic mantle fell to Eugene Levy, the self-deprecating recipient of the supporting actor award for “A Mighty Wind.”
“I was shocked when I found out about this a few weeks ago, and I’m still shocked tonight, but frankly, who am I?” Levy mused.
Paul Giamatti struck a warm note, paying tribute to his “American Splendor” co-star and best actress winner Hope Davis. “I feel like a three-legged rhinoceros just being in the same room with the woman,” he said.
Quentin Tarantino dished up generous praise for “the gargantuanly talented” Sofia Coppola and for what he referred to as her “adult crush movie,” “Lost in Translation.”
Johansson found time to mix kudos with pleasure in Palm Springs Sunday.
“What a great concept for a festival: You pick up an award and get packed in a desert clay mask, all in the same day,” she quipped.
The gala feted a wide array of talent, including Naomi Watts, Danny Elfman, Kevin Costner and producer Richard Zanuck. Theawards ran on for three hours before the entrees were served, prompting Costner to quip, “If you think my movies are long, try waiting for dinner.”
Back in Hollywood — make that Pasadena — Sunday, yet more stars gathered for the People’s Choice Awards, where kudos co-founder and Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd took the stage.
(Dave McNary and Amy Dawes contributed to this report.)