Whether you’ve been planning your red carpet look or just staking out your favorite spot on the couch, the buzz about this weekend’s Academy Awards can be felt from coast to coast. That’s one reason we partnered with Vanity Fair and headed out to Los Angeles to celebrate Oscar week with an intimate dinner honoring Best Picture nominated film—to say nothing of the five other statuettes it’s up for this year—Spotlight.
Held at the posh Chateau Marmont, the dinner allowed guests to mingle with Tom McCarthy—Oscar-nominated as both director and co-writer for the movie—as well as his writing partner, Josh Singer, and nominated actors Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. Spotlight’s sixth nomination comes in the area of film editing, and nominated editor Tom McArdle was also in attendance, along with other notables like Sam Smith, Donald Glover, Liev Schreiber, and the journalists from The Boston Globe who are portrayed in the film.
If you haven’t yet seen the film and have somehow managed to avoid spoilers in this contentious nomination season, Spotlight follows a team of four reporters at The Boston Globe as they delve into the massive systematic cover-up of sexual abuse by priests. Rather than focusing on the scandal, though, Spotlight offers a serious look at the mechanics of long-form reporting and the lengths the journalists go to in order to get the scoop. Only fitting, then, that the Barneys and Vanity Fair-hosted dinner benefited Propublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Guests also made out on the night, with each receiving a pair of Pryma headphones as a gift for their attendance.
Scroll on for a closer look at the festivities, then be sure to see Spotlight before marking your Oscar ballot this weekend.