On Sunday evening, Examiner.com was on the scene at the 85th Academy Awards Official New York Viewing Party at Daniel. Notables in attendance included Angela Bassett, The Academy’s New York Program Director Patrick Harrison, Bud Rosenthal, Tovah Feldshuh, Goeffrey Fletcher, and Liliane Montevecchi, to name a few.
When we asked Geoffrey Fletcher who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Precious," about how winning the Academy Award changed his life he said, "I'm figuring that out because it was so for me unexpected and I don't know if anyone ever really expects it, but it's still sinking in after all this time." His directorial debut "Violet & Daisy," starring Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini will be out in June. He is currently screening the film for college students and plans to bring the film to NYU and Columbia in the coming weeks.
Angela Bassett who is currently filming "Black Nativity" in New York was also in attendance. She said some of her favorite films this season were "Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook." "What's not to love about working in New York...I'm just excited about tonight being here at Daniel, he's one of my favorite chefs here in New York, of course one of my favorite cities and one of my favorite favorite evenings of all Oscar night," Bassett told Examiner.com
The chef filled a brilliant red pomme d’amour with duck and apple for the film Amour, and drew upon the flavors of Denmark—smoked sturgeon with caraway potato, aquavit gelée, and caviar—to create his tribute to A Royal Affair. A citrusy Chilean ceviche with avocado, cilantro, and pickled red onion was poured over small seashells for the foreign film nominee, No, while the blockbuster musical Les Miserables inspired the humble Pain Surprise du Jean Valjean, pressed bread with various spreads. Pineapple BBQ-grilled mahi mahi, an ode to Kontiki, captured the tropical flavors of Polynesia. One of the tasting’s biggest hits paired tiger shrimp samosas with deliciously hot curry in honor of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.