Oscar Eve Party Report: Rami Malek, Spike Lee, Melissa McCarthy and Glenn Close With Her 4-Legged Date (Photos)

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When planning out the weekend rolling into Oscar Sunday, top talent had to make key choices when it came to which Academy Awards pre-event to go to first, how long to stay, what to wear (naturally), how many to hit in a single night and is the venue dog-friendly?

Here’s a look at some of the most coveted invites from the weekend.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Glenn Close, Regina King, Rami Malek and George Clooney attend MPTF’s ‘The Night Before’ The Oscars at Fox Studio Lot on Feb. 23. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MPTF)

As every Hollywood player knows, you’re only as good as your last picture in this town; and you never know when your career might take a downturn. That’s why the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s annual “Night Before” fundraiser is always the place to be on the Saturday evening before the Oscars, as it reveres and raises cash for the venerable service organization that supports members of the entertainment industry in time of need, be it for social services, retirement care or financial desperation.

It’s a behemoth, the one party that seems to get bigger every year; these days it has outgrown the town’s ballrooms and now happens at Fox Studios, where it raised $5 million for the fund by the end of this year’s 17th annual star-studded party. Look one way, there was MPTF Foundation chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg along with Glenn Close, Regina King, Rami Malek and George Clooney posing for a photo op (above).

Look another and earlier Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Viola Davis and Helen Mirren were in the crush, too, along with current nominees like Amy Adams, Spike Lee, Yalitza Aparicio, Adam Driver, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

And they kept on coming, more nominees in the stars-everywhere-you-turned crowd were Sam Elliott, Richard E. Grant and Willem Dafoe and past winners popped up, too, including Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer. Even Taylor Swift turned up: She stars in the Universal’s upcoming film version of “Cats.”

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Glenn Close and Pippi at Sony Pictures Classics annual Oscar Nominees Gala Dinner sponsored by Maestro Dobel at STK LA.
(Photo by Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)

Saturday began with the Independent Spirit Awards and after party, where smaller indie films are celebrated. Glenn Close was triumphant as best actress for her work in “The Wife,” and that party gal kept right on going after a quick outfit change to the Sony Pictures Classics’ Pre-Oscar dinner at STK Los Angeles to celebrate the win.

She brought her daughter Annie Starke (who co-stars in the movie) and her little dog, too. Sir Pippin of Beanfield had quite the day on the red carpet (above) — and even went on stage during the Spirit Awards, too.

Also chowing down on steak, cod and a celebratory flourless chocolate cake at STK were Sony Pictures Classics’ other Academy Award nominees, best foreign language contenders Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“Never Look Away”) and Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum”) and best cinematography hopeful Caleb Deschanel (“Never Look Away”), who brought his actress daughter Emily to the party.

Rami Malek and Brian May are seen as Vanity Fair and Genesis celebrate the cast of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Feb. 22 in L.A. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Dinner at Cecconi’s on Friday night was all about “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as 20th Century Fox joined up with Vanity Fair and Genesis automobiles to toast that Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic with Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy XO (and to nibble those fabulous Cecconi truffle flatbreads, too).

Stars Rami Malek (above, with Queen guitarist Brian May), Lucy Boynton, Mike Myers, Ben Hardy and Allen Leech joined original Queen members May and Roger Taylor, along with singer Adam Lambert, who takes on Freddie’s vocals with the band these days. That power trio will perform at the Oscar show on Sunday.

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Friday night was awash with talent agency bashes, too, as CAA, UTA and WME all honored their nominees and clients. Naturally, the stars made sure to at least stop in for a photo op with their reps.

At the CAA Pre-Oscar Party sponsored by Heineken, best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy brought hubby Ben Falcone (above; both are in that agency’s stable) to check out the new San Vicente Bungalows in WeHo. Also along for the dance-filled bash were some of CAA’s biggest wattage stars, including more 2019 nominees (Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga), as well as Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler and Mick Jagger.

Over at the Sunset Tower, UTA pulled in their team of nominees, too — everyone from animation geniuses Brad Bird (“Incredibles 2”) and Phil Lord with Christopher Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) to “Roma” breakout star Marina de Tavira. Ethan and Joel Cohn made the scene, too, along with Joel’s wife Frances McDormand, who took home last year’s best actress trophy. Kate Beckinsale, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elizabeth Banks and Nicholas Hoult stopped into this one as well, which went off to the dancing tunes spun by DJ Spider.

Meanwhile, WME’s Friday night celebration was at a private home, where client and best actor nominee Rami Malek was the center of attention. Other WME loyalists who stepped out to that party were Liam Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Serena Williams, Rebel Wilson and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Christoph Waltz greets Olivia Colman at the ICM Partners 2019 Oscar Party held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 21, 2019 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

A bit ahead of the weekend’s packed party schedule, ICM held its bash on Thursday at partner Hildy Gottlieb’s Beverly Hills home. Her hubby, director Walter Hill, co-hosted the event for the seriously talented crowd, including 2019 client nominees Olivia Colman (above, with past winner Christoph Waltz), Regina King, Spike Lee, Sandy Powell, Fiona Crombie and Guy Nativ.

Spike Lee and Cedric The Entertainer attend the ICM Partners 2019 Oscar Party held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 21, 2019 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

They enjoyed cocktails and canapés with former Oscar winners like Waltz and Kathy Bates. Former Academy Award nominees on the talent-filled scene were Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacki Weaver and Jeff Goldblum. Spike Lee and Cedric the Entertainer shared a moment (above); we’re guessing Cedric still wants to know why he didn’t get a role in “BlacKkKlansman”!

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Richard E. Grant and Michael Howells, British Consul General, attend a reception for U.K. Oscar nominees at British Consul General’s Residence on Feb. 22. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Friday night was also a night for Hollywood’s ex-pats to make merry, at least those from Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, that is. Those proud countries hosted special pre-Oscar revelries to single out their citizens, beginning with the U.K. Film afternoon bash at the British Consul’s residence in Hancock Park.

There, with tea and scones (and some gin thrown in for good measure), best supporting actor nominee Richard E. Grant joined Michael Howells, the British Consul General in Los Angeles (in the photo below), for a champagne toast to all the nominees from across the pond.

Shamier Anderson, Canadian Consul General Zaib Shaikh and Stephan James at a pre-Oscar celebration for Canadian Oscar nominees. (Photo: George Pimentel)

A few blocks away, at the residence of the Consul General of Canada, a big crowd celebrated everything short, since the Canadians own “five of the 10 short film nominations this year,” as Consul General Zaib Shaikh told the cheering Canucks gathered in his back yard.

He also shouted out to TeleFilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada for their ongoing financial and creative support of Canadian filmmakers. Nominees on hand included Alison Snowden, David Fine, Domee Shi, Jeremy Comte, Marianne Farley, Marie-Helene Panisset and Trevor Jimenz. Some of Canada’s favorite Hollywood actors — Nia Vardalos, Maxim Roy and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James (the star of the 2019 best picture nominee “If Beale Street Could Talk”) — joined in the late afternoon fete. Anderson and James flank Shaikh in the photo below.

Oliver Masucci, Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl and Sebastian Koch attend the German Oscar reception at The Villa Aurora on Feb. 23 (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Over at The Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades, Germany also had their own Friday afternoon “die Feier” (celebration) to honor that country’s nominees, with accolades for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the best foreign film “Never Look Away,” and his stars Oliver Masucci, Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl and Sebastian Koch (pictured above).

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Glenn Close and Yalitza Aparicio attend the Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place on February 22, 2019. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Women In Film)

Taking over the newest party space in Beverly Hills, Women in Film made Friday night their own. At Spring Place (on Wilshire and Spaulding), traffic backed up and females poured out of chauffeur-driven rides to make their way up to the 12th annual WIF Oscar Nominees Party.

Everyone came to support the idea of empowering women in every aspect of film, from current nominees including Regina King, Sandy Powell and Marina de Tavira to Glenn Close and Yalitza Aparicio (below), who both dressed in suffragette white.

Kate Bosworth at the Women In Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place on Feb. 22 (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Chloe Wine Collection)

Actress and producer Kate Bosworth led the rest of the talented crowd — Angela Bassett, KiKi Layne, Connie Britton, Lake Bell, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and WIF head Cathy Schulman among lots of others — in launching a new initiative aimed at female directors. Chloe Wine Collection launched the “She Directed” contest in conjunction with WIF and Bosworth, with plans to provide four women both mentorship from established Hollywood veterans as well as funding for a future project.

“It’s a very important initiative,” Bosworth (above) told The Wrap amid the din of the party. “It’s important to continually strive to put women at the center of the story. It’s frustrating that women still have to fight so hard to direct in this industry. It’s frustrating. It really is beyond frustrating. Women in general are some of the most ferocious energies on this planet and I think it’s about harnessing that ferocity. I get frustrated, I sometimes just want to upturn the entire table. But it’s about making enough noise that you get a seat at that table.”

Nominees toast onstage during the 12th annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party Presented by Max Mara with additional support from Chloe Wine Collection, Stella Artois and Cadillac at Spring Place on Feb. 22. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Chloe Wine Collection)

Women garnered 61 Oscar nominations this year, a record number, as Cathy Shulman told the appreciative crowd. “We are at the height of gender parity in Hollywood right now, since we started Women in Film 12 years ago. But gender parity is still the issue. Only 25 percent of this year’s Oscar nominees are women. We still need to keep fighting!”

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Oscars Update: Gary Oldman, Allison Janney To Present Best Actor; Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell Best Actress

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Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand Lands At Fox Searchlight

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Fox Searchlight has obtained the worldwide rights to Nomadland, the third feature from director Chloé Zhao, who made a splash with her most recent film, the South Dakota-set western drama, The Rider. Oscar-winner Frances McDormand stars in the film alo…

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand Acquired by Fox Searchlight

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Fox Searchlight announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired worldwide rights to Chloé Zhao’s film “Nomadland.”

The film, which is Zhao’s third feature film following “The Rider” and “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” stars Frances McDormand in her first role since winning the best actress Oscar for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

“Nomadland” is a road movie following Fern (McDormand), a woman in her sixties, who after losing everything in the Great Recession embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. A signature of Zhao’s, the film includes real people turned actors including Linda May and Charlene Swankie.

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“As I fell in love with the American west, it was impossible not to become fascinated with the roads that lead to the many adventures beyond the horizon,” Zhao said in a statement. “I’m very fortunate to be able to hit the road with a talented team and collaborate with a cast of professional and non-professional actors who are deeply giving and inspiring. I can’t wait to share their stories and what we’ve discovered along the way.”

The movie is based on the non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder, which McDormand and Peter Spears (“Call Me By Your Name”) optioned soon after it was published in 2017.

A Highwayman Films, Hear/Say Productions and Cor Cordium Production, the film is produced by McDormand, Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Zhao.

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“We are thrilled to work with visionary filmmaker Chloé Zhao on NOMADLAND. Her unique voice, combined with the extraordinary talent of Frances McDormand, makes it an important and compelling story,” said co Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula in joint statement.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien with WME, UTA and Lichter Grossman on behalf of the talent and filmmakers.

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Oscar Intrigue: Did Lady Gaga Force Academy To Fix Song Snafu? Are Last Year’s Actor Winners Being Ignored As Presenters?

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Frances McDormand Joins Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Series as the Voice of God

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Amazon’s “Good Omens” adaptation has found God.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances McDormand will lend her voice to the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman-Terry Pratchett novel as God, the streamer announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

She joins a cast which includes Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin and Nick Offerman.

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Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows a fussy Angel (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the limited series and serves as showrunner. Executive producers also include Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown for Pratchett’s production company Narrativia.

“Good Omens” is slated to debut on Amazon Prime in 2019, with weekly airings on BBC Two to follow.

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Madonna Performs ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Hallelujah’ at 2018 Met Gala (Videos)

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In a surprise performance at the 2018 Met Gala, Madonna sang “Like a Prayer” and “Hallelujah,” fitting this year’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

According to Rolling Stone, Madonna and a group of backup singers appeared on the Met stairs dressed in monk robes to sing her classic “Like a Prayer.” For the cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song”Hallelujah,” she performed a lightly-choreographed dance to the piano.

She also performed a new tune as part of her set, singing, “It’s a beautiful plan, but I’m not concerned / It’s a beautiful game, that I never learned / You have taught me to shut my mouth, so I don’t get burned / Keep your beautiful lies, ’cause I’m not concerned.”

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This year’s Met Gala was hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Rihanna.

Attendees included Katy Perry, Cardi B, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, George and Amal Clooney, and many more.

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Watch her performances below.

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Inclusion Riders Boast High-Profile Support, but Lack Commitment From Most Studios

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Netflix’s Reed Hastings in early March threw cold water on the effort to contractually mandate diversity in film casting and the hiring of physical production crews, dealing the first blow to the burgeoning effort in Hollywood to address long-standing racial disparities. “We’re not so big on doing everything through agreements,” the Netflix CEO recently told USA […]

Dwayne Johnson Wants to Marry ‘Crush’ Frances McDormand (Video)

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Dwayne Johnson says he wants to marry Frances McDormand after she made the sweetest gesture to his 16-year-old daughter at this year’s Golden Globes.

“I’ll never forget this,” Johnson said on Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “Frances McDormand, she wins a Golden Globe. She goes up there and — I love Frances, as we all do — she goes up and right before she speaks, she turns around and walks to the back of the stage and shakes Simone’s hand out of the blue. It just blew me away. No one did that, and she just had the awareness to do that to my 16-year-old daughter. She gave her speech, and as she’s walking off, Frances grabs Simone’s hand. She has the Globe in this hand and Simone’s hand in this hand and she kisses Simone’s hand. And I was so blown away by that gesture.”

He added, “It was so beautiful of her, and I’ve been meaning, by the way, to call her and tell her, but now that I’m here, I’ve got to tell you, Ellen, I’ve got a little crush on Frances.”

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Simone Johnson served as the Golden Globe Ambassador this year. Johnson fully plans to marry McDormand, he says, and that his long-time girlfriend Lauren Hashian is “down with it.”

“Frances, we’re gonna have to exchange numbers because just between you and I – I know nobody else is watching – we’re getting married,” he said. “It’s not gonna be weird. Lauren’s down with it.”

Johnson next stars in “Rampage,” which will hit theaters on April 13. He is also expecting another baby girl with Hashian, and during his appearance on “Ellen” revealed that his 2-year-old daughter Jasmine isn’t too happy about it.

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“She was happy. This whole time, you know, you want to prep that they’re going to have their first sibling. ‘OK, gotta get ready for your little sister! Where’s your little sister?’ Every day she points to mommy’s belly, ‘There’s my little sister!’” he said. “Out of the blue, about a week and a half ago, we’re eating breakfast… she looks up and goes, ‘I don’t want a baby sister!’ Firm, just direct eye contact, and that was it.”

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No, Matt Damon Is Not Moving to Australia to Escape Trump

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Sorry, Jimmy Kimmel — but Oscar winner Matt Damon has no plans to flee the United States and President Donald Trump.

A Damon spokesperson shot down a Thursday Page Six report that the actor has quietly been “telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he’s moving the family to Australia” over his disagreements with the Trump administration’s policies.

“Matt has visited Australia several times recently, but he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there,” his rep said.

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The Cambridge, Massachusetts, native has several U.S. properties he’d need to unload or rent off — including homes in Los Angeles, Miami and an apartment in Brooklyn. Damon’s Pearl Street Productions, which recently pledged to use the inclusion rider Frances McDormand unleashed on Hollywood in her recent Oscars speech, is also based in L.A. under the star and partner Ben Affleck.

Damon staying put should not suggest he agrees with Trump — the actor has frequently taken swipes at the leader in interviews.

In response to protests last summer made by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Viriginia, Damon said “to see these young, aggrieved, white boys walking with their torches and screaming ‘Jews will not replace us!’ It was just shocking. Then the night that the President [made his] ‘many sides’ comment was absolutely abhorrent.”

Damon is also outspoken about education, as his mother is an early childhood education professor. He also works with philanthropic organizations like Water.org and Feeding America.

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As previously reported, an inclusion rider is a stipulation in an actor’s contract that a project’s producers must hire a diverse cast and crew. Here are the Hollywood stars incorporating inclusion riders in their next projects.

  1. Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand gave a powerful acceptance speech at the 90th Academy Awards when she won the Oscar for Best Actress, “Two words, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider,” she said.

2. Brie Larson

“I’m committed to the Inclusion Rider,” Oscar Winner and “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson tweeted. “Who’s with me?”

3. and 4. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter.

5. Paul Feig

“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig announced on Twitter that his production banner, Feigco Entertainment, will make inclusion riders a studio standard for all film and TV projects.

6. Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd told Deadline about meeting with WME her agency: “I would like for this agency that represents me to be 50/50 male female including all ethnicities, races and sexual orientations. And the 50/50 needs to be included in all decision-making levels, which means they would have to add two females at the top.”

Michael B Jordan

“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” “Black Panther” star Michael B Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.


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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to Adopt ‘Inclusion Rider’ in All Future Producing Projects

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the documentlast week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” she tweeted.

While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

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“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

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On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

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Frances McDormand, a week has passed since the Oscars, and I’m still fired up by your speech.

The highlight of attending this year’s ceremony was when you symbolically lowered your much-deserved masculine statue down on the stage, and called on all the nominated women to stand. Your recitation of “inclusion rider” validated a legal concept that needs to be shouted throughout the land.

I was moved to tears and stood up cheering your inspiring gestures from my nosebleed seat at the Dolbe Theatre.

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Photo Courtesy of Aviva Kempner

The only thing that would have made me happier if I had been able to give you the gun reform button — “Love Your Children More Than Your Guns” — that I had in tow. My vision was of you wearing this miniature billboard for the world to see. I presented one to Allison Janney while secretly wishing her “West Wing” character was presently working in the White House.

I believe the 2018 Oscars are going to have a lasting influence. The nomination for “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison has already challenged me to hire beyond the norm. I employ mostly female staff members and editor, and was now inspired to use a female cinematographer for my L.A. shoot last week. My search was unsuccessful, but I am now committed to hiring a woman DP for future shoots.

Several 2018 nominees have given audiences game changing insights. The most empowering female portraits — Meryl Streep’s female newspaper publisher fighting for the Fourth Estate in “The Post” and McDormand’s grieving mother demanding justice in “Three Billboards” — were most liberating. Thanks Jordan Peele for your “Get Out,” a stirring horror story about race and eye opener to white society. And kudos to Sebastian Lelio for writing and casting Daniela Vega in such a moving trans love story as “A Fantastic Woman.”

Other Hollywood actresses have also led the charge. The expressions of solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards were so encouraging.

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These thespians’ courageous acts inspired me to come to the Oscar ceremony sporting this accessory about our society’s gun issues, because lawmakers in my Washington, D.C., hometown are not calling for reform. Using words expressed by one of the Parkland student survivors, a D.C. school teacher was my designer.

I finally managed to hand McDormand a button two days after the Oscars when she was introducing an amazing new film, “Rider,” directed by the talented Chloe Zhao. At its reception, I observed how the outspoken actress’ words were already reverberating in Hollywood. I overheard a male producer bragging that he was hiring two female directors for future film projects.

I left L.A. singing, “Is this the start of something wonderful and new,” from the Oscar-winning song from last year’s “La La Land,” “City of Stars.” I told my airport Lfyt driver, an actor of African heritage named Lamarana Bah, that this new Hollywood era should be helpful finding roles.

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I swear I stood taller arriving in my Washington on Women’s International Day. And I did not waste any time employing my expanded height. I rushed to proudly attend a private screening of the most enjoyable “A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava Duverney and produced by the tenacity of D.C.-based producer Catherine Hand. It is one of the largest budgeted films ever directed by a woman of color.

I returned late at night to find a newsletter that lauded those contributing to the creation of an embassy statute without mentioning any of the women who had also worked on the art project. I sent off emails criticizing the exclusion, and sure enough those in power agreed to correct the errors.

I feel McDomrand’s message traveling with me as I am working today on a new feminist tale, “Pissed Off,” about how the female senators fought to secure a bathroom for themselves in the Capitol since there had not been women elected to that legislative branch before 1932. Hollywood inspired this story too — the idea came to me listening to a panel last year at The Wrap’s Power Women Breakfast in D.C.

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I expect that McDormand’s call for action and advancements in 2018 will be reflected at next year’s ceremony. How about a woman hosting the Oscars? Bring back Whoopi!! Expect another nomination for Morrison’s work on “Black Panther,” and numerous nods for diverse and female nominees.

Meanwhile, there is a most pressing matter. To those women in Hollywood who have led the way please join us here in D.C. on March 24 to walk the streets calling for changes in U.S. gun laws. We need your talent and notoriety to demand that legislators finally demonstrate compassion and wisdom to protect our youth.

Frances, we need you here to billboard the message. And if you have misplaced the button I gave you, don’t worry — we are making many more.

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