Stars Come Out for the Annual Summer Celebration: the HFPA Grants Banquet, 2016

by Ana Maria Bahiana August 4, 2016
A view of the Wintergarden Ballroom, Beverly Wilshire, during the cocktail preceding the 2016 Annual Grants Banquet

A view of the 2016 Grants Banquet at  Wintergarden Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.

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At hand to deliver the checks are Golden Globe winners Christian SlaterGina RodriguezHugh GrantJoanne FroggattMel GibsonWarren Beatty and Golden Globe nominees Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake will present grants, together with stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Nate Parker, Renée Zellweger, Simon Helberg and Vince Vaughn.

Stars and guests are being treated to a cocktail of champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres like salmon poke cones and beef wellington en croute. “It’s so important to support schools”, Simon Helberg told us. “I went to NYU and it changed my life. I’m accepting on their behalf - not everyone can afford it. So this is important.”

Key industry figures are also making their way to the Wintergarden. Among them, commix icon Stan Lee and Marvel Multiverse leader Kevin Feige, Disney head Alan Horn, Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger, Rob Friedman and Kevin Beggs, Illumination’s Chris Melendandri, Universal’s Donna Langley and producer Graham King.

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