In one of the more unusual tie-ins with Oscar week, golf club manufacturer TaylorMade hit a hole-in-one on the party circuit Wednesday night at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
Thesps from golf-themed films “Caddyshack,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Tin Cup” talked with the crowd that was assembled on the driving range at the end of day one of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.
There was much talk of Oscar voting.
Don Johnson (“Tin Cup”) hedged his bets on whom he voted for, saying, “I thought Michael Keaton was spectacular, and Eddie Redmayne was extraordinary. I also loved Julianne Moore and Felicity Jones.” While Johnson has attended and presented at the Oscar ceremony, he says this year he’ll probably watch from home.
With daughter Dakota Johnson’s film (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) burning up the box office, he said she had forbidden him to see the racy pic.
Johnson says he is nursing an injury at the moment and isn’t playing golf regularly but normally plays three to four times a month and carries a 10 handicap. “If I played more, I could probably be in the single digits,” he said.
Academy member Christopher McDonald (“Happy Gilmore”) said he voted for “Birdman” and Michael Keaton. “He knocked it out of the park for me,” he said and admitted to seeing the film three times. “I thought the writing, cinematography and direction were brilliant,” he added. McDonald said he will watch the show, as he does most years, at the Night of 100 Stars event at the Beverly Hilton.
Guests, including Michael O’Keefe (“Caddyshack”), were then ushered to golf carts facing a 40-foot, blow-up screen that played about 60 minutes’ worth of golf clips from movies like “Goldfinger,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “Sideways” and even TV golfing clips from “Seinfeld.”
PGA player Sergia Garcia demo’d TaylorMade’s newest driver, the R15, crushing the ball nearly 300 yards on numerous swings. Party guests were then allowed to test drive the club as well.