THE ACADEMY AWARDS: THE KODAK THEATER, HOLLYWOOD (CA)
An early winner in Oscars week will stride up the red carpet in Los Angeles on Tuesday night: U. S. Senator Barack Obama!! The presidential candidate, who is presently attracting huge and wildly enthusiastic crowds of supporters at campaign stops all across the country, will be the guest of honor at a large fundraising party in posh Beverly Hills, where the number of “top-drawer” celebrities in attendance is predicted to match Sunday’s traditional Post-Oscar bashes.
The reception for Obama on Tuesday, which is being hosted by Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks studio colleagues David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, is expected to draw more than 700 of Hollywood’s most influential players, including already declared Obama supporters George Clooney, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey, Oliver Stone and super-agent Ari Emanuel.
It is not only a major financial salute from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood to the 45-year-old Senator from Illinois and his burgeoning political campaign. It also represents yet another critical upsurge of support for Obama’s competition against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. You can read more about this major Hollywood coup for Obama in The London Times.
In addition to the private fundraiser in Beverly Hills Tuesday night and other large Hollywood celebrity donations to Obama, checks have been coming in from the major motion picture studio executives, including Paramount Pictures studio chief Brad Grey; Richard Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and Ron Meyer of Universal Studios. Obama has been on a three-day swing through California, his first since announcing his candidacy. He also held a fundraiser in La Jolla, near San Diego.