“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” stars walked the press line on their way into the Four Seasons lunch.
The Emmy-winning “Barry” star had never attended the AFI Awards lunch.
Living in Los Angeles after years in New York, the “Mary Poppins Returns” star gave this year’s benediction. “It’s been quite a ride,” she said of her seven-decade career that began at MGM in 1944 with George Cukor’s “Gaslight” and continued through three Oscar nominations and one Honorary Oscar, five Tonys and 264 episodes of “Murder, She Wrote.”
While his home is intact, the “A Star Is Born” supporting actor contender is still recovering with wife Katharine Ross and his Malibu community from recent wildfires — and hoping the rain doesn’t fall too hard this winter.
The veteran “BlacKkKlansman” writer-director and NYU film professor boasts a key asset when it comes to awards campaigning: He knows how to charm a room.
The “BlacKkKlansman” supporting actor contender looks at directors, not budgets when choosing his roles, from Kylo Ren in “Star Wars” to Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” and new films from Jim Jarmusch (his second) and Noah Baumbach (his fourth).
This is the first awards circuit for the tall writer-director and his diminutive “Eighth Grade” star, who have many opportunities ahead.
Venezuelan “Carlos” star Edgar Ramírez is up for his second Golden Globe for playing the title role in Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith’s Emmy-winning “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” opposite Emmy-winner Darren Criss, who is up for his first.
Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You,” “Short Term 12,” “Get Out”) sat at the FX table with his “Atlanta” costar Brian Tyree Henry. Next up: Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” and the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems.”
The executive producer of “Green Book” brought her knowledge and experience of the American South to the project; she sat with stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen and writer-director Peter Farrelly at the lunch.
The workaholic behind “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” has signed a new deal at Netflix. He stays so productive, he told me, by passionately engaging with new material.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” Golden Globe nominee King hung out with the film’s composer and producer. King and Brittell both have good shots at Oscars.
Kleiner’s Plan B produced Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Godfrey produced “First Man,” “The Hate U Give,” and “Love, Simon” and now runs production at Paramount. Blum runs Blumhouse (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Whiplash,” “Get Out”).
“If Beale Street Could Talk” star Colman Domingo and “BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington at the AFI Awards lunch.
The men who run Focus Features (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Participant Media (“Roma,” “Green Book”) talk business at the AFI lunch.
“Barry” creator-star Hader talked with the “Roma” filmmaker, who said that Netflix not only put his movies in more theaters around the world than anyone ever expected, but created two versions of “Roma,” including a separate 4K for HD streaming.
Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Brosnahan, who could win her second Golden Globe for the role of New York comedienne Midge, greets her onscreen mom at the AFI lunch.
“First Reformed” could earn writer-director Paul Schrader his first Oscar nomination — and star Ethan Hawke his third acting nod. The writer of Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” is long overdue.
“A Star Is Born” triple threat Cooper, the last to arrive at the AFI event, was warmly greeted by Taylor, his producer (and recent mom). “A Star Is Born” is likely to win a few Golden Globes on Sunday.