Spielberg, Hoffman, and Harvey Weinstein were among the major A-listers who brightened up the Association’s annual luncheon yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The group, known most notably for its Golden Globe Awards, presented grants and introduced its leadership for the coming year.
Blah blah blah. We wanted to hear about the schmoozing. Weinstein chatted with John Travolta about his role in Oliver Stone’s film “Savages,” and Hoffman and Jack Black swapped iPhone photos.
“I am here to get nominated,” said Hoffman, who just celebrated his 75th birthday on Wednesday.
“Dustin’s 75 and he looks great; I’m 57 and I look like hell!” said Kelsey Grammer.
Spielberg, whose new biopic “Lincoln” was the topic of more than a few conversations, was quick to thank the Association for the $3.6 million it has helped raise over the last 16 years in support of film-preservation efforts. Spielberg said film is “mankind’s most original medium.”
The Sundance Institute, Film Foundation, and American Film Institute were among 40 nonprofit beneficiaries of grants this year.
The 2013 Golden Globes will take place January 13.
J-Connection: Hoffman, Spielberg, Weinstein and Black are all Jewish.