Hollywood’s award season has officially wrapped up now that the Oscars are over. Now that I’m catching my breath, here’s some of the events I’ve covered in 2019 so far for The Hollywood Reporter.
1. The Golden Globes – Jan. 6
I got an up-close look from the red carpet and I was backstage during the show, asking questions to winners and writing up their responses.
2. Critics Choice Awards – Jan. 13
I was seated inside the award show to observe stars during commercial breaks and catch in-the-room details to write “12 Things the Cameras Missed.” Here’s Gemma Chan coming off the red carpet and Nicole Kidman before the show.
3. ‘I Am the Night’ Panel and Party – Jan. 23
I covered a panel with Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins ahead of the release of their crime TV show I Am the Night. The panel and party took place at the Sowden House, where the real murders allegedly occurred; they had interpretive dancers and cocktails to recreate the heyday parties. I wrote about how Pine raved about Jenkins’ leadership style and his skincare secrets.
4. AARP Movies for Grownups Awards – Feb. 4
The surprisingly starry event featured Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins and more. I was on the red carpet asking all the questions and inside the Martin Short-hosted event, filmed to air on PBS. My coverage included Spike Lee’s win and speech, as well as Kathy Bates’ presenter flub.
5. Armani Beauty pop-up opening – Feb. 6
The Red Box opened on Melrose Place, and I was at the party where Leighton Meester, Dakota Fanning and more stars came to celebrate Armani.
6. Billboard Power 100 pre-Grammys party – Feb. 7
I spoke with music executives on the red carpet about Ariana Grande’s newsworthy decision not to attend due to creative differences. Inside, the party addressed gender disparity with execs donating to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Here’s the spread from inside Avra Beverly Hills:
7. Grammy Awards – Feb. 10
I was THR’s red carpet reporter at the Grammys, where I interviewed Cardi B’s music producer and Joy Villa about her Trump border wall dress. Then I reported backstage with what the winners said amidst Childish Gambino’s no-show and the big night for women in music.
8. ‘Isn’t it Romantic’ Premiere – Feb. 11
The next night I was on the red — or, pink — carpet of the Isn’t it Romantic premiere at the Ace Theatre. I interviewed Rebel Wilson, Priyanka Chopra and Adam Devine about the rom-com’s presentation of agency for women and covered the after-party’s Pitch Perfect reunion.
9. Hollywood Beauty Awards – Feb. 17
The annual award show honors hairstyling and makeup gurus, especially poignant since The Academy cut the category from the air before re-adding it this year (which is what I asked attendees about on the red carpet). Kim Kardashian and Denzel Washington were among the presenters during the dinner at Avalon Hollywood.
10. Vanity Fair x Lancome Oscars party – Feb. 21
Next up was the Vanity Fair party at Soho House West Hollywood, where I spoke with Ava DuVernay about how she invited black women — assistants and grips — to the party. Check out the garden soiree with Zendaya, Storm Reid, Lupita Nyong’o and more.
11. Swarovski Lunch – Feb. 22
Swarovski hosted a pre-Oscars luncheon and Jean Georges Beverly Hills with Nadia Swarovski and their sustainable jewelry line.
12. Women in Film Oscars party – Feb. 22
At Spring Place, WIF hosted an Oscars party to honor all the female nominees with Angela Bassett, Eva Longoria and Regina King in attendance, hosted by double-nominated costume designer Sandy Powell.
13. Griot Gala – Feb. 24
After covering the Oscars red carpet from THR’s office, I was inside the Griot Gala post-Oscars party, co-hosted by Mahershala Ali and Michael B. Jordan. What a crazy day and night! I wrote eight articles about Oscars fashion in one afternoon — and that’s how I did awards season 2019.