To make it in Hollywood doesn’t mean one has to actually make a movie in Hollywood. Sony Pictures Classics celebrated its Oscar-nominated foreign films and thesps Saturday night at IL Cielo restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Guests included Best Actress nominees Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan and Best Actor nominee Christopher Plummer as well as producers, writers, and directors for the films “An Education,” “The Last Station,” “The White Ribbon,” “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Paris 36,” “Coco Before Chanel,” “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and “A Prophet.” (Who knew so many popular films came from across the pond?)
Screenwriter Michel Hoffman, who must not have heard about the Hugo Boss brouhaha as he came dressed in a Boss suit, recalled feeling as though his first draft of “The Last Station” was “terrible” and rewriting it with some inspiration from Anton Chekhov. “I never had a script before where every actor I sent it to wanted to do it,” said Hoffman. “So immediately, I started to believe this was something special.”
Meanwhile, “An Education” director Lone Scherfig gave Mulligan some advice for Sunday’s ceremony. “I hope she can enjoy it. I don’t know how many times we’re going to be in this situation”.