Oscar Hopefuls Back in Huge Numbers at Academy Event – The Hollywood Reporter

A season ago, an Omicron outbreak of Covid forced the Academy Governors’ Awards to be postponed until the Friday before Oscar Sunday, traditionally held outside the pre-Oscar nominations voting window, and virtually attended by no one but the honorees and their table guests. were present.

The special Oscars-presenting ceremony returned to that window Saturday night for its 13th edition, and — surprise, surprise! – Every person with a prayer of name-dropping found their way to the ballroom of Fairmount Century Plaza to celebrate the honorees. Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren, Peter Weir And Yuzan palsyTo be sure, posing for photos next to the Oscar logo on the red carpet and rubbing shoulders with Academy members and inside award letters.

Studios pay a pretty penny to stock tables at the Governors Awards so they can give their horses seats in the Oscar Derby, and they had no problem filling them this year. In fact, I’ve been covering these Hollywood award ceremonies for years, and I’ve rarely seen the Constellation Room. One cannot turn without bumping into, say, Adam Sandler (Hustle) or Jennifer Lawrence (Causeway) or Tom Hanks (Elvis) or Cate Blanchett (Tar)

There were some big names to play an official role in the trial. Thirteen-time Best Original Song Oscar winner Warren wasn’t the guest of honor, but was a contender for a 14th nom for “Applause.” Say it like a woman. In addition, Woody Harrelson (The Triad of Sorrow) presented to Fox, Viola Davis (The Woman King) was presented to Palsy and sat at her desk Ruth E. Carter (Academy Governor and Costume Designer Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and both Kay Palmer And Jordan Peele (No) but there weren’t many.

And I think the attendance was definitely boosted by the fact that this year’s film and acting categories were even more wide open. Everyone’s still in the game, so to speak — even people from projects that seem like traditional Oscar bait like a cannibal movie (eg. Bones and allThe leading actress of Taylor Russell), R-rated comedy (eg BrothersCo-writer/actor of Billy Eichner) and non-English-language blockbusters (RRRCo-Writer/Director of SS Rajamouli) – so it’s worth showing even if you can’t stay in the city for a long time.

For example, Ana de Armas (Blonde) told me that he was shooting a movie in Europe and wouldn’t be able to get back to LA until February, but he made sure to be in town for this one. Florence Pugh (surprise) has also shot abroad The Mound: Part TwoBut she was hanging herself in the room Emma Corinne (Lady Chatterley’s lover) and Eddie Redmayne (Good nurse) jetted in from London. And that’s just the genius of the Netflix projects!

This certainly doesn’t discourage attendance – as many high-profile media opportunities – THRRoundtables of his performances, VarietyActors’ Actors, Deadline’s contestants, etc., not to mention Guild Q&A’s and the like – now scheduled for Governor’s Awards weekend.

Most of this year’s participants were first-timers who were really excited to be there. For example, on Saturday, I was chatting about the event with the Best Actor nominees Austin Butler (Elvis), Colin Farrell (Banshees of Inishrein), Brendan Fraser (the whale), Jeremy Pope (inspection) and Ke Hui Quan (Everything everywhere at once), who made projects with Sandler (previous participant Uncut gems) to meet for a drink there once.

As the Governors Awards enter their teens, it’s one of the coolest stops on the promotional trail — and yes, even more star-studded than the Oscars.

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