Last night, on Saturday, March 1, Examiner.com was on the scene as Supper Suite by STK hosted the Sony Pictures Classics Oscar Nominees Dinner presented by Moet & Chandon. The intimate dinner celebrated the Academy Award Best Lead Actress nominee Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Hawkins and Best Original Screenplay for "Blue Jasmine." The event also celebrated the Best Adapted Screenplay for "Before Midnight" and Achievements in Costume Design for "The Invisible Woman."
We chatted with Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins together at the event. Cate Blanchett looked stunning in a Stella McCartney one shoulder black jumper. She joked with guests mentioning she was going to wear Crocs on the red carpet today. First time Oscar Nominee, Sally Hawkins, brought her parents to the dinner. She looked fabulous in a grey Mulberry dress. Two time Spirit Award nominee, Julie Delpy, wore a sass & bide one piece outfit. She dressed it with a tweed Chanel jacket and Chanel pumps.
What is it that makes this year at The Oscars different than any other year whether it is a first nomination or a follow-up?
Cate Blanchett: It has been so nice to be doing this together. It was such an exquisite pleasure working with you. And to go through this journey together this year has been special.
Sally Hawkins: It is really nice. It has been amazing. I have never experienced The Oscars and to be here with you is wonderful.
What is like to be experiencing The Oscars this way?
Richard Linklater: I think it is better to be experiencing it this way than to never be able to experience it. For us it symbolizes the last stop of the film. It is a big final party after the journey.
The intimate and private dinner was lovely. Flowing Moet & Chandon champagne all night long kept the conversations lively at the tables. Sony made guests feel like family as they thanked them for their hard work and contributions to the company. The nominees were highly regarded and a moment was even taken to remember the great Phillip Seymour Hoffman by Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. The food was incredible and guests enjoyed scrumptious salads and savory steak curated by Executive Chef Robert Liberato. Singer Olivia Somerlyn gave a special acoustic performance of U2's "Ordinary Love" during the fantastic dinner.
"I am so excited to be singing tonight. I have performed in front of huge crowds, but I think this small dinner with all of these special guests is going to mean just as much," Olivia told Examiner.com exclusively.
Cate Blanchett was last to leave and took so much of her precious time thanking all the guests for their support. At the end of the evening, STK Pastry Chef, Brigette Contreras, presented specialty Blue Jasmine Macaroons to Cate Blanchett who was delighted to try more than one.
Notable guests in attendance included Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Julie Delpy, Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker and singer Olivia Somerlyn. The event was also presented by FIJI Water.