• Awards

From the Press Room of the 94th Oscars: a Night to Remember

It was not your usual night in the press room at the Loews Hotel, where journalists have gathered to interview Oscar winners backstage: the evening featured metal detectors accompanied by extra Covid-19 precautions, including plenty of extra elbow room between seats and tables. But once the ceremony had settled into its routine (or almost), including a choreographed musical number by Beyoncé introduced by the Williams sisters (portrayed in the film King Richard), it was almost business as usual - until the now-infamous moment when Will Smith got up and punched Chris Rock before returning to his seat and screaming clearly audible offensive words.
  • Industry

Italian Oscar Nominees Get Together at the Italian Cultural Institute

For the first time, people once again gathered in person at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, the façade of the building lit with the colors of the Ukrainian flag in support of the ongoing and tragic conflict. The occasion, however, was a celebratory one, to honor the two-time Oscar nominee and legendary maestro of cinematography Dante Spinotti and two of the three Italian nominees for this year’s Oscar: Enrico Casarosa, director of the animated film Luca and Massimo Cantini Parrini, costume designer of Cyrano.
  • HFPA

HFPA Members Honored at National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

Three Hollywood Foreign Press Association members were among those honored at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 14th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, taking home a collective five prizes in a diverse and crowded field of entries and finalists from outlets inclusive of the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Hollywood’s major trade publications. Typically held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, this year’s event was, like so many others over the past two years, impacted by the pandemic, and this time held virtually.