A roundup of the biggest events scheduled for this week to toast the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, held Jan. 8 at the Beverly Hilton.
It has been almost 12 months since last year’s Golden Globes, a night that saw The Revenant, The Martian, Mr. Robot and Mozart in the Jungle go home with trophies in top categories, along with individual winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Jon Hamm. But before any golden trophies are handed out this Sunday, many drinks will be had at 2017’s first Hollywood party circus of the year. Below is a roundup of the major events around town…and here’s to hoping everyone makes it where they’re going on time.
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Moet & Chandon Doheny Room, 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 7 p.m.
The champagne set will gather for the 2nd Annual Moet Moment Film Festival, aka “The Minis,” an annual competition that aims to inspire a new generation of talent dedicated to telling their stories on film. Moet — the longstanding official champagne of the Golden Globes — welcomes this year’s head judge, Bryce Dallas Howard, along with Gina Rodriguez, Primary Wave’s David Guillod, Serial Pictures’ Violaine Etienne, Tribeca Film Festival’s Sharon Badal, HFPA journalist Elisabeth Sereda and Ghetto Film School’s Kisha Imani Cameron.
The Ivory Game Conservatory, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Lesley Chilcott, Paola di Florio, Geralyn Dreyfous, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Pedro Kos and Arnold Scwhartzman are hosting a reception for the Netflix documentary (about illegal elephant poaching) with the filmmakers Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson.
Thursday, Jan. 5
W Magazine & Audi Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Hosts include W’s Stefano Tonchi and Lynn Hirschberg with hotelier Andre Balazs at this always-packed penthouse party to celebrate the Globes and the mag’s “Best Performances” issue in partnership with the luxury automaker. Audi will chauffeur VIP guests to and from the Chateau.
Friday, Jan. 6
AFI Awards Luncheon Four Seasons Los Angeles, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles
The AFI Awards celebrate the year’s “most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image” — honoring 10 films and 10 TV shows that the organization deems culturally and artistically significant. In addition to the AFI Special Award being given to O.J.: Made in America, AFI will honor movies Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Silence, Sully, and Zootopia. TV honorees include The Americans, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Night Of, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Veep.
Lion Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7 p.m.
David O. Russell and Lee Daniels are hosting a screening and reception for Lion director Garth Davis and the Weinstein Co. release. Also confirmed to attend this special event are producer Angie Fielder, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, cinematographer Greig Fraser and composers Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka.
CAA Catch LA, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
The agency is relocating its pre-Golden Globes event from Soho House to West Hollywood’s new hot spot. Expect the bash to be star-studded as usual. CAA’s Golden Globe-nominated talent this year includes Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Andrew Garfield, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Annette Bening, Lily Collins, Hailee Steinfeld, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, Jeff Bridges, Tom Ford, Barry Jenkins and Evan Rachel Wood.
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m.
Winners will be announced for the 6th annual AACTA awards, which recognize film excellence regardless of geography, as determined by a jury of more than 150 of Australia’s most recognized filmmakers and executives. Confirmed attendees include awards season standouts Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Joel Edgerton (Loving), Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Dev Patel (Lion), along with presenters Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Julian McMahon, Angus Sampson, Alan Dale, Damon Harriman and Luke Bracey.
Saturday, Jan. 7
Film Independent BOA Steakhouse, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 11 a.m.
Top names from the indie film crowd always start their Globes weekend here (over eggs, bacon, coffee and mimosas) at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, being hosted this year by Sterling K. Brown and Issa Rae. The duo will be charged with helping Film Independent president Josh Welsh announce the filmmaker grant winners. Cash aside, expect to see some of this year’s nominees mingling, including filmmakers Kenneth Lonergan, Mike Mills, Taylor Sheridan, Barry Jenkins, Andrea Arnold, Pablo Larrian, Jeff Nichols, and Kelly Reichardt, along with actors Natalie Portman, Casey Affleck, Annette Bening, Sasha Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Ben Foster, Molly Shannon, Riley Keough and Shia LaBeouf. Sponsors include Piaget, American Airlines, Jeep, IFC and AT&T.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) Four Seasons Los Angeles, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, 2 p.m. BAFTA Los Angeles toasts awards with its annual tea party, serving British tea and scones, and cocktails. The event is presented by BBC America and the GREAT Campaign with event sponsors including Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and American Airlines. Among the British talent vying for Golden Globes this year are Naomie Harris, Colin Farrell, Caitriona Balfe, Claire Foy, Charlotte Rampling, Riz Ahmed, Tom Hiddleston, Lena Headey, Thandie Newton and Hugh Laurie.