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Nicola Maramotti hosted a lavish dinner in Los Angeles Wednesday night honoring Elizabeth Banks as Women in Film’s MaxMara Face of the Future – a precursor to Friday night’s Crystal + Lucy awards ceremony.

Banks joined about 60 others—including Joy Bryant, Gina Gershon, Mena Suvari, Perrey Reeves and Keke Palmer—in the lobby of the Chateau Marmont where guests dined on halibut and asparagus with cookies and miniature cupcakes for dessert.

Bryant, who will soon celebrate her one-year anniversary with husband David Pope, is headed for Tanzania over the summer, and has plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

“You know I’ll be getting into something over there, it wouldn’t be any fun if I didn’t,” Bryant said.

Banks table hopped, while Gershon and Reeves exchanged fashion tips in the ladies room.

“I can’t ever resist a pantsuit, and this one is fabulous,” Gershon said of her purple Max Mara outfit. “The only thing that would make it better is pockets.”

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