The time leading up to Thanksgiving has been jam-packed with parties, galas, awards ceremonies and more, as Hollywood types mostly jockey for position with the people who vote on awards. Those folks range from Academy members to the guilds (Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, etc.) who honor their own, all the way to the Critics Choice Association, the largest group of working Hollywood journalists in the world. Even the Golden Globes is back in 2023, but time will tell if any actual stars attend that show. It’s all going to be interesting as the best of 2022 voting is almost upon us. And “Avatar: The Way of Water” hasn’t even come out of the blocks yet!
Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy, Los Angeles
The really hot ticket in town was so hot that none of the invitees could bring a guest, despite the fact that the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater boasts 1,010 seats. The event? The very first screening of Damian Chazelle’s “Babylon,” his homage to the decadent days of Hollywood’s beginnings in the Roaring ’20s. Not only was every seat taken, not a soul moved after the three-hour flick unspooled.
Chazelle brought his cast, too, including Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Lukas Haas, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li to discuss the wild epic that Chazelle brings to theaters just in time for Academy Awards consideration. Margot Robbie is at the center of the story as Nellie LaRoy, and Nellie is truly a hot mess.
“I love her so much, but she’s so exhausting. She took everything from me. She demanded everything from me!” Robbie said. The film engendered all sorts of reactions as the starving crowd descended on the lobby to eat dessert (the screening started at 6:30 p.m., so the only people who had had dinner beforehand went for the early-bird special) at the post-reception. Some loved the film, some hated it, but everyone agreed on one thing: We needed some real food!
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood
Jennifer Lee, the Oscar-winning producer of “Frozen,” brought “Strange World,” her newest Disney animated feature to Hollywood for a gala premiere at the El Capitan Theatre. This one follows the Clades, a family of adventurers who find themselves in some very strange situations – situations that could only be created in an animated world.
Gabrielle Union and Jake…