The Wrap celebrated its 5th Anniversary by hosting a lavish event at Culina Restaurant, located at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Preparing for one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, Oscar nominees and entertainment industry power players came out to help them celebrate.
The event attracted nominees across all major categories including: June Squibb (Best Supporting Actress: Nebraska), David O. Russell (Best Director & Original Screenplay: American Hustle), Best Picture Producers: Gabrielle Tana (Philomena), Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa (Nebraska), Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips). Celebrities and Hollywood VIPS included: Jane Seymour, Dennis Haysbert, Ryan Kavanaugh (CEO, Relativity Media), David Glasser (COO, The Weinstein Company), Ken Howard (President, SAG-AFTRA), Fred Garvis (Twitter Entertainment), Domenico Vacca & Oswald Boateng (Fashion Designers) and many more.
We chatted with CEO/Editor-in-Chief, Sharon Waxman about The Wrap’s success and she said, “The Wrap is the leading, entertainment news site for the entertainment industry, so we are what people get up in the morning to read. We talk to them all day long through the site, through their email; you know we have a magazine, so that’s the role we play. The future for The Wrap…I mean we just hit our stride. We grew 500% last year. So we are running to catch up with our world. I feel like we have really earned our place at the table with a conversation for Hollywood. We want to really serve the industry and be there to be a partner for them to inform. You’re going to see The Wrap become a really big brand. We’re going to be around for the next five years for sure.”
We asked several people about their Oscars predictions to win for Best Picture and the majority said, 12 Years a Slave. Actor, Dennis Haysbert said, “They are all great! There are some excellent movies. But if I had to go with one, in my gut, I would have to say, 12 Years a Slave. In saying that, they all resonated with me. “Her” was especially good. Dallas Buyers Club was incredible. Dennis’ fans will soon catch him in the upcoming movies, Think Like a Man 2, Sin City 2, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Guests mingled throughout the night, enjoying delicious food from Culina, drinks by Chivas Regal, Peroni beer, Skinny Girl mixed drinks and Evian water. Nominees also took home some fabulous gift bags: Skullcandy headsets, gift certificates to private aircraft from Surf air, MC Jewelry, cookies from Aunt Em’s Kitchen, Roku 3s, Soma water filtration systems, Droga Chocolates, headbands and purses from Della, biscotti from Culina and a gift of sleep from Naturepedic.
We wish all the nominees the best of luck and we look forward to watching The 86th Academy Awards this Sunday! To learn more, visit The Wrap.com