Jonathan Baker’s Annual Oscar Viewing Party, presented in collaboration with French Riviera Film Festival and Indie Entertainment Media (IEM), was held on the eve of March 12 at Baker Manor in Beverly Hills, at the stunning estate that was once home to Warren Beatty. Elvis is Oscar was the theme of the evening and the cover feature of IEM.
Joining hosts Jonathan and Jenny Baker, and FRFF co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna, were Oscar-winner George Chakiris, E! founder Larry Namer, Dee Dee Sorvino (wife of late Paul Sorvino), Consul General of Croatia in Los Angeles Renee Pea, Caroline Lagerfelt (Sweet Magnolias, Gossip Girl) and Anneliese Judge (Sweet Magnolias), Kat Kramer, Vincent de Paul, Carolyn Hennesy, Frederico Lapenda, fashion designer Sue Wong, founder Pure Flix David A.R. White, Celeste Thorson, Josie Goldberg, Kash Hovey, Dustin Quick and Medi eM, Shalini Vadhera-Potts and Tony Potts, designer Sameyha Rawjee, and many others.
Also on the eve, fellow Brooklynite Larry Namer presented the 2023 FRFF Icon Award to Dee Dee Sorvino, in honor of her late husband, legendary actor Paul Sorvino. The presentation was made prior to Sunday’s live telecast that sadly overlooked the famous actor in its “in memoriam” segment.
Sponsors included Croatian Fine Wines, Moraga Bel Air, Roederer Estate, Cardinal du Four Armagnac, Charles & Company Teas and Liqueurs, Three Cord Bourbon, El Cristiano Tequila, St. Hildie’s Spiked Tonics, and Cookie Pop Candy Pop, with food by Bacon Babe Catering. Partners included filmfestivals.com and Luxury Experience & Co.
Gift bag sponsors included BIONOVA Skincare, Dive Into Yoga/Christine Martitz, Kyvan Foods, Jonathan Baker Beauty, MIZANI Haircare, Peri Lauren Interiors, Single Tree Lane.
Featured Photo: Nicole Goesseringer Muj, Medi eM, Dustin Quick, Gotham Chandna
Photos: Nelson Shen, Tshombe Sampson