On Feb. 26, the ninth annual Women in Film Pre-Oscar party at Hyde Kitchen and Cocktails in Los Angeles was the place to be. Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Since its inception in 1973, WIF has focused on advocacy, education, providing scholarships, grants and film finishing funds for projects. The organization also works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. The evening was made possible in part by Perrier-Jouët, which continues to support females in the arts and film communities. Guests in attendance enjoyed Perrier-Jouët champagne, while mingling and networking throughout the wonderful night. Perrier-Jouët champagne has been a constant supporter of the Women in Film organization. It took part in the non-profit’s first pre-Oscar party.
One of the highlights of the night was when Women in Film LA President, Cathy Schulman made a toast honoring the 51 women, in front of and behind the camera, who have been nominated for an Oscar this year. Some of the 2016 Oscar Nominees honored during the event included: Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”), Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), Amy Hobby (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”), Andrea Berloff (“Straight Outta Compton”), Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin for “Spotlight,” Courtney Marsh (“Chau, Beyond The Lines”), Dee Hibbert-Jones (“Last Day of Freedom”), Diane Warren (nominated for “Till It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”), Elka Wardega, Jenny Beavan, Lesley Vanderwalt and Lisa Thompson for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Eva Von Bahr and Love Larson for “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared,” Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Mary Parent (“The Revenant”), Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”), Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team”), Sandy Powell (“Carol” and “Cinderella”), Serena Armitage (“Stutterer”), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness”), and Signe Byrge Sørensen (“The Look of Silence”).
Nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh was seen smiling as she walked through the room in a lovely black and white cocktail dress. Patricia Arquette held court on a side sofa talking energetically to a group of friends. Patricia also took some time to address the crowd stating, “This is a story American women go through every day. Women don’t have fundamental rights in America … We have to have actual gender equality in the United States Constitution. Please think about that and think about all the other women who are impacted by not having equal rights. And also think about these great women like Jennifer Lawrence who are standing up and talking about pay and equality. Millions and millions of women desperately need this.”
Jennifer Lawrence added, “We’re starting a conversation, we’re getting a dialogue going. … I didn’t know I was going to be [speaking]. … So equal pay for women!” Alicia Silverstone, La La Anthony, Lake Bell, Michelle Monaghan, Kate Walsh, Maria Bello, Mickey Sumner, Carrie Preston, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Josh Gad, Amy Landecker, Mya Taylor, Alysia Reiner, and Adepero Oduye were also in attendance. Any guest in the room could have walked away with a best-dressed award, but double nominee Sandy Powell, who wore a clever shirt stating “Straight Outta Brixton,” was definitely a highlight.