A season ago, Omicron’s COVID outbreak forced the Academy Governors Awards to be postponed until the Friday before Sunday’s Academy Awards, outside the traditional pre-Oscar nominations voting window. was held and hardly anyone but the honorees and guests on their tables were present.
The special Oscars ceremony returned to that window Saturday night for its 13th edition, and – surprise, surprise! —nearly all of the nominees make their way to the Fairmont Century Plaza ballroom — to congratulate the honorees Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren, Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcysure, but it’s not by accident to pose for a photo next to the Oscar logo on the red carpet and side-by-side with Academy members and the awarding press inside.
The studios pay a pretty penny for a table at the Governors Awards so they can then seat their ponies at the Oscar derby, and they obviously have no problem filling them up. full of them this year. Indeed, I’ve been watching this Hollywood awards ceremony for years now, and rarely have I seen a room with so many stars. One can’t turn around without bumping into, say, Adam Sandler (Hustle) or Jennifer Lawrence (causeway) or Tom Hanks (Elvis) or cate Blanchett (tar).
Several big names were there to play an official role in the proceedings. Best Original Song 13 Times Bridesmaid Oscar Warren is not only a guest of honor, but a candidate for the 14th nomination for “Applause” from Talk to it like a woman. More, Woody Harrelson (Sad triangle) presented to Fox. viola davis (Queen) presented to Palcy and sat at her table, as well as Ruth E. Carter (Academy director and costume designer of Black Panther: Wakanda forever) and both Keke Palmer and Jordan Peele (No). And Laura Dern (Boy) and Whoopi Goldberg (until) is also the governor of the Academy.
But most are not.
And I think attendance has definitely increased by the fact that this year’s acting and visual categories still seem to be very open. Everyone is still in the game, so to speak — even people from projects that don’t seem like traditional Oscar bait, such as a cannibal movie (e.g.: bones and allmain actress Taylor Russel), an R-rated comedy (e.g.: brothersco-writer/star Billy Eichner) and non-English blockbusters (RRRco-writer/director SS Rajamouli) — so it’s worth showing up, even if one can’t stay in town for long.
For example, Ana de Armas (Yellow) told me she was filming a movie in Europe and wouldn’t be able to return to LA until February, but she made sure to be in town for it. Florence Pugh (Surprised) also filmed overseas Sand Dunes: Part Twobut she’s in the hanging room Emma Corrin (Lady Chatterley’s lover). And Eddie Redmayne (good nurse) flying in from London. And that’s just talent from Netflix projects!
It certainly does not prevent attending many famous media opportunities — CHEAPround table acting, Diversity‘s Cast on Actors, Deadline Rivals, etc, not to mention clan Q&A and the like – currently scheduled around the end of the Governor’s Awards weekend.
Many of this year’s attendees are people who are really excited to be there for the first time. For example, earlier on Saturday, I talked about the event with the best actor nominees. Austin butler (Elvis), Colin Farrell (Inisherin’s Banshees), Brendan Fraser (Whale), Pope Jeremy (Inspection) and Ke Huy Quan (Everything Anywhere All At Once), who made plans with Sandler (a previous attendee for uncut gems) to meet for a drink once there.
As the Governor’s Awards entered their teens, it became one of the more exciting stops on the campaign trail — and, yes, even more stars than the Oscars themselves.