Oscar Charity Events Dumps Beverly Hills Hotel Amid Hate Scandal
The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive continues to illustrate that the anti-gay laws soon to be instituted by the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Sultan of Brunei:
The Night Before party, which draws Hollywood’s biggest stars and every top executive in town, has been held at the Beverly Hills Hotel since its inauguration in 2003. The brainchild of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Night Before has raised more than $60 million over the past 12 years. A magnet for Oscar nominees, it’s been supported by A-list talent like Warren Beatty and Tom Cruise. Its 2014 host committee included such names as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock and Octavia Spencer. In addition to THR, sponsors of the 2014 event included Delta, Dodge, L’Oreal USA, Relativity and Target.
There has been no new venue chosen but other boycotters include Ellen Degeneres, who made the unusual move of announcing her disapproval on Twitter.