The Motion Picture & Television Fund is moving its Night Before the Oscars event to a soundstage on the Fox lot.
The annual event had for years been held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but the MPTF decided in May to move the party in observation of a boycott of the venue. The boycott is in protest of anti-gay and anti-female laws enacted in Brunei, the home of hotel owner Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is chairman of the MPTF Foundation and one of the chief fundraisers for the evening and the organization. DreamWorks Animation has a distribution deal with Fox.
The party will be held on Feb. 21, with the Oscars the next night.
“Representatives of MPTF met with the leadership of the Dorchester Collection and executives from the Beverly Hills Hotel to convey our deep concern about the recent enactment of laws in Brunei that call for violent punishment, including amputation and death by stoning, against those engaging in same-sex activity and extramarital sexual relations, and those committing adultery,” MPTF chairman Bob Pisano, vice chairman Mark Fleischer and prexy-CEO Bob Beitcher said in a joint statement in May. “We expressed very clearly that we cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei.”