It has rarely happened in 92 years of history that an Oscars party begins with a minute of silence. The Kobe Bryant air tragedyHowever, the mood coup has invaded anything that has happened in Los Angeles in the last 48 hours since Sunday morning. This Monday, the traditional lunch of the Oscars nominees began like this, recalling the winner of the best short award 2018 animation
With this year’s Hollywood elite sitting at the tables in the ballroom of the Dolby Theater, Academy President David Rubin took the microphone to begin celebrating this year’s nominees. “We should take advantage at this time to record the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.” Bryant was sitting at these tables as a nominee two years ago, he said. “Despite his mega success on the courts, he was the most excited person in the world to be nominated.” And so, the celebration began with a minute of silence for Bryant and his family.
The day before, the same thing had happened at the Grammy music awards, which were held in the same place where Bryant played. On the other side of the country, in Miami, this Monday began the events of the NFL Superbowl week. They also began with a minute of silence for the Los Angeles Lakers legend.
The food of the Oscar nominees is held every year two weeks before the ceremony. It is the moment when the official photo is taken and, in addition, the last chance to greet and smile at each other before meeting in the Dolby theater with the cameras in front. It has been held since 1982.
This year, all the greats of a season full of great movies coincided at the bar. Sam Mendes, director of 1917, chatted in a huddle with Rian Johnson, nominated for the script of Knives out, and director Bong Joon-Ho, of Parasites. Noah Baumbach, director of Story of a marriage, I drank something with Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s original content manager and one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures in the past five years.
Netflix’s own production has exploded this year, with dozens of industry awards nominations. “These are all projects that started about two and a half years ago,” Sarandos told EL PAÍS. “It is a coincidence that they all left at once. They left when they were ready. When something is finished we release it. ”
In another group, Glenn Weiss, the director of the Oscars, the Emmy, the Tony and one of the world’s greatest live television specialists, was seen. Last year he found himself without a presenter a few weeks after the gala. “Everything was phenomenal,” he told EL PAÍS. “It worked perfect. This year it has been decided to do the same. It does not mean that it will always be like that, just the stakeholders decided to repeat. ”
During the meal, there was a special stir around the corner of table 16. There sat Brad Pitt, one of the actors of the year nominated for Once upon a time in … Hollywood. From the movie The Irish were Robert de Niro Y Al Pacino, who got up just enough to take the picture.
The producers of the ceremony, Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain, took the work of telling the nominees that they have exactly one minute from when their name is said until they are taken off the stage. They should calculate about 45 seconds after kissing everyone and arriving on stage. The Academy’s ideal thank you speech is “short and meaningful.”
Perhaps the brightest star, because it mixed with all the assistants to the glass before the meal, was Brad Pitt. Upon entering, he was approached by a bearded man who was dragging a sign of Once upon a time in … Hollywood. It was Mark Ulano, nominated for the best sound mix for this film and Oscar in 1998 for Titanic. Ulano was taking advantage of the food of the nominees to collect the autographs of all his fellow nominees in the film. They know each other because he has worked with Pitt three times and twice with Leonardo Di Caprio. He has worked with Tarantino since Open until dawn. “We are family,” he told EL PAÍS.
The food of the nominees of the 92 edition of the Oscars also served to confirm that the meat has been banished, perhaps forever, from the Hollywood celebrations. The Golden Globes marked a milestone on January 5 by serving a 100% vegan menu as a gesture against climate change. The Oscars now follow suit. Wolfgang Puck, the official restorer of the ceremony, served an entirely vegetable menu. The main course was a large roasted maitake mushroom, over black rice, squash and curry. Ileana Douglas, who introduced the nominees, joked with the matter: “When they said it was a plant-based menu I didn’t imagine it was literally a plant.” It looks like this is going to be from now on in Hollywood.