Thursday, November 14, 2013


Oscar Isaac on stage with the Punch Brothers
  As the awards season gets under way, so do the cocktail parties and receptions. And they nearly all take the same format-----open bar (which is always good), hors d'oeuvres and appetisers (sometimes not so good) and stars of whatever movie the party is for on hand to pose for pictures, smile a lot, be pleasant to everyone and hope it will result in a Golden Globe or an Oscar.
  For me, one of the best and most unusual events so far. has been the one thrown by super-producer Scott Rudin at Santa Monica's trendy Buffalo Club in support of the movie Inside Llewyn Davis.
The club was turned into a concert venue for the evening and a series of folk singers, groups and blues artists, introduced by T.Bone Burnett, performed for a packed, star-studded audience which included Barbra Streisand and her hubby James Brolin (who left at the interval), Moby, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Norman Lear, Thora Birch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joel and Ethan Coen, John Goodman, Roseanne Arquette and Ileanna Douglas.
  A surprise performer was Steve Martin who joined the Punch Brothers on stage with his banjo while Oscar Isaac, who has the title role in Inside Llewyn Davis, performed songs from the movie.
The role could be a star-making one for the New York actor, who has temporarily relocated to the West Coast to promote the movie and seems to have a healthy sense of humour and scepticism about the whole awards palaver.
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Steve Martin waits to go on stage
Pictures: Armando Gallo

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