Gala’s sense of Wonder

Vision Awards honor Ratner, Garcia, Couric

HOLLYWOOD — Bursting with energy, the 34th Vision Awards gala took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday honoring Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Wes Craven, Brett Ratner, Katie Couric and documentarian Lucy Walker, among others. The candlelit dinner reception hosted by Daily Variety’s Army Archerd and KTLA’s Sam Rubin featured an eclectic live music line-up including the Blind Boys of Alabama, who received a lifetime achievement in music award, and ending with a set by Stevie Wonder, who drew a standing O.

Wonder’s presence was highly anticipated, especially by Craven. “I’m nervous; Stevie Wonder is going to be here,” Craven said. “I hope I’m not going to say anything stupid.”

Craven displayed his mischievous sense of humor on stage, sharing an anecdote of an eventful dinner at producer Robert Evans’ house. “Bob looked at me and said, ‘I’m having a mild stroke, but please stay,’ ” Craven told the 500 guests. “That was one of the most grand, classiest things I have ever seen.”

Upon accepting his award, Garcia reflected on the evening’s theme saying, “Having a vision is having a dream.”