On Sunday night, modenook.com was on the red carpet for the 2012 Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Oscar Night Celebration at the 21 Club in Midtown. During the cocktail hour guests watched Ryan Seacrest’s E! Red Carpet Special on the big screen. Then Academy Members and their guests headed upstairs for a sit-down dinner, where they watched the ceremony.
Notables in attendance included Academy Award Nominee Alfre Woodard, Tina Louise, ‘The Descendants’ star Beau Bridges, Linus Roache, Celia Weston, Sylvia Miles, Mary Stuart Masterson, Rajendra Roy, Celeste Holm, Maria Cooper Janis, Lois Smith, George Dickerson and Bud Rosenthal.
Alfre Woodard was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for her work in ‘Cross Creek.’ She told us that a close friend of hers died shortly before she found out she was nominated, so it was a bittersweet moment, but the whole experience was unforgettable. One film that really stood out to Mrs. Woodard, this Academy Season was “A Separation,” which ended up winning best foreign film. She says she is excited for Americans from all walks of life to be blown away by the film. Actress Lois Smith also said that ‘A Separation,’ is a must-see.
We also spoke with Gary Cooper’s daughter Maria Cooper Janis. Her best friend Dolores Hart, is the subject of The HBO film ‘God is the Bigger,’ which was nominated for best short documentary.
Beau Bridges who is currently on Broadway in ‘How to Succeed in Business’ with Nick Jonas, also celebrated his film’s success at the party. ‘The Descendants’ ended up winning for best writing (adapted screenplay). On what it was like working with Director Alexander Payne, Bridges told us: “He’s such a wonderful director, it was my first opportunity working with him and he really comes ready to work, he did his homework, he was ready for this run, he had a great book to work with written by Kaui Hart Hemmings and I think he really honored the book in what he did, it’s wonderful the way he communicates with actors.”