The event: Guests didn't need to be British to attend Saturday’s BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, “but you have to love the Brits,” joked Nigel Daly, the chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. chapter.
The scene: Sure enough, Hollywood VIPs -- British and otherwise -- streamed nonstop into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to meet the organization’s members and mingle with fellow BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards and yet-to-be-named potential Oscar nominees.
The crowd: Among others in the crush were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray and producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle;” Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and producer Joey McFarland of “Wolf of Wall Street;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” Steve Coogan and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;” Bruce Dern and writer Bob Nelson of “Nebraska;” producer Chris Meledandri of “Despicable Me 2;” Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad;” Christoph Waltz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Joan Collins, Alice Eve, DGA President Paris Barclay and many more.
The cause: Aside from a lavish array of pastries, the party also offered guests a glimpse of the organization’s community outreach and philanthropic programs, such as Heritage Archive and Inner City Cinema programs.
Ellen Olivier is founder of online magazine Society News L.A.
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