It’s hard to believe that awards season is over. After a condensed season, it’s now finally time to celebrate! And that is exactly what we did this past weekend.
Sony Pictures Classics hosted their Oscar Nominees Dinner in Los Angeles at The West Hollywood EDITION on Saturday night. The evening celebrated the nominated film Pain and Glory with guests including filmmaker and Director Pedro Almodovar, and Best Actor nominee Antonio Banderas. Both joined Sony Pictures Classics Co-Founders and Co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard to toast the film and cast with cocktails curtesy of cult gin Monkey 47 and golden beers courtesy of Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
You know I am a fan of the delectable food at this West Hollywood hotspot, and dinner did not disappoint. Farmhouse Salad, Morro Bay Black Sea Bass, Roasted Chicken, and Crema Catalana were all on the menu. In addition, freshly sliced Iberian jamon and patatas bravas were offered as a nod to Spain, the home country for both Banderas and Almovadar.
I also had a chat with London resident, Banderas, who didn’t seem nervous about his nomination at all. In fact, he was looking towards his next project with Penelope Cruz, called Official Competition, which will begin shooting in Spain, starting in twenty days! A comedy of sorts, it will be the first time Antonio and Cruz will act together in a movie. And he thinks it will be wrapped by September, so set your calendars!