More than 30 of the 51 women nominated for Oscars this year turned out for Women In Film’s Ninth Annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails on Friday. The evening, hosted by Academy Award-winning producer and WIF Los Angeles president Cathy Schulman, drew actresses Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Charlotte Rampling, among others.
Paycheck equality was the theme of the evening, which featured planned speeches by Patricia Arquette, “Straight Outta Compton” screenwriter Andrea Berloff, and an impromptu address from Lawrence. “This is the second night in a row this has happened to me. It’s bad for women; don’t do this,” she said of her unplanned delivery before adding, “I’m a huge fan of Patricia Arquette I love that she stood up and started a conversation and that we’re getting a dialogue going. I didn’t know I was going be you know, up here, so…Equal pay for women!” she said with a mini fist pump.
WIF Board member Lake Bell also used the evening for a reunion with her “Mismatch” co-star Alicia Silverstone, pulling her through the crowd of well-wishers into a huddle with Erinn Hayes.
The event was presented by Max Mara, BMW, MAC Cosmetics and Perrier-Jouët. Upon meeting MAC’s global brand president Karen Buglisi Weiler, Arquette praised the company’s advocacy efforts and its Viva Glam campaigns. Not surprisingly, guests including Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, Michelle Monaghan, Amy Landecker, Mya Taylor, Mickey Sumner, Kate Walsh and Sophia Amoruso left the party with MAC gift boxes in hand.