On Friday, January 20, 2012 The Multicultural Motion Picture Association announced their upcoming 19th Annual MMPA Oscar® Week luncheon where Academy Award nominees past and present, including Producers, Directors, Film Editors, Actors, Costume Designers, and past honorees are expected to come out for a star-studded afternoon of camaraderie and praise for young up-and-coming film talent.
This year the event will be held at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles located at 8555 Beverly Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90048 on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:00pm.
Per event producers as in previous years, the 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon will be among the highlights of the week’s activities leading up to the Oscars and the MMPA’s annual luncheon will again be among the hottest tickets in town, this year made even hotter by the buzz surrounding many Golden Globe winners and potential Academy nominees already slated to attend this star-studded affair.
“After a solid year of burgeoning creative accomplishments on the part of our diverse film community, it continues to be inspiring to see the level of Hollywood talent who continue to express their desire to be a part of this afternoon of philanthropy and giving.” said Jarvee Hutcherson, President of The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA).
The prestigious organization of actors, cinematographers, editors, writers, and directors has in the past played host to an array of celebrities and nominees from Salma Hayek, Robert DeNiro, Kate Winslet and Djimon Hounsou to Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio among others.
Last year at the 18th Annual MMPA 2011 Oscar Week Luncheon Civic Awards were presented to Kate Linder ( Actress, Philanthropist), Edward Lozzi ( Publicist, Edward Lozzi & Associates), Renee’ Valente (Producer, Valente Productions), Michelle Phillips (Actress, Singer) and A.C. Lyles(Paramount Pictures). Each civic honoree gave a speech after receiving their award, but the one who received an outstanding ovation was A.C. Lyles, producer from Paramount Pictures.
The Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon event benefits The Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Filmmakers Scholarship Fund. As a part of the annual afternoon affair, awards are presented annually, to filmmakers selected for their creative achievements, vision and technical talent, and in addition to financial awards toward their tuition, film companies traditionally arrange gifts of technical support for scholarship recipients.
The event is open to the MMPA members and the general public is invited to attend. The organization is selling individual tickets starting at $200 and up and group table tickets from $2500 and up for the lunch and awards show. For more information on how to get your tickets contact the MMPA office at (310)497-4554.
About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association: The MMPA
Is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts organization that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. The Multicultural Motion Picture Association is also the producer of the Diversity Awards. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org
Photo by Alex Palomares for Diversity News Magazine and Graphic logo credit to: The Multicultural Motion Picture Association