The 17th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Student Filmmakers Scholarship Luncheon: (Left to Right) Jarvee Hutcherson, President of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association; Kimberley Myers, 2010 Writers Advocate Awards Recipient; David Scearce, 2010 MMPA Members Choice-Best Screenplay; Shelley Jo Reesman, 2010 Community Service Award; and Quinton Aaron, 2010 Breakout Artist Award.
Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon Held
Oscar Nominees come out in full force to praise talented filmmakers and award recipients
Academy Award nominees past and present were once again in full force, coming out in support of young Hollywood talents as the Multicultural Motion Picture Association's (MMPA's), annual Oscar week luncheon played host to future filmmakers during Oscar Week at the fabulous Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. As in previous years, with the amalgam of activities and kudosfests going on during the week leading up to the Oscars, the MMPA's annual luncheon was again among the hot tickets in town. Known for its casual atmosphere and intermingling of current Academy Award nominees in various categories, along with entertainment leaders, mentors, studio execs, and burgeoning filmmakers, the MMPA luncheon once again, did not fail to deliver.
The event hosted by KNBC air personality Chris Schauble played host to an array of notable names and faces, surprising the crowd of young filmmakers and attendees alike, from Quinton Aaron, Lilly Collins and Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side), to Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence) Luois Psihoyos (The Cove) Javier Recio Gracia (La Dama Y La Muerte) Drew Baily (Miracle Fish) Julia Reichert (The Closing of the Last GM Plant) and Rick Goldsmith (The Most Dangerous Man in America) among others. Also on hand to receive awards were the Writers Guidl of America West' Kimberly Myers who received the Community Advocate Award, Shelly Jo Reesman (receiving the Mentorship Award) and Tom Ford and David Scearce (A Single Man), receiving the Writers Award for Best Screenplay.
On hand to congratulate the students included studio executives from various network and motion picture lots as well as various directors and technical behind-the-scenes working professionals, who inspire these students with their steady commitment to the craft they wish to follow. MMPA president Jarvee Hutcherson, told the gathering how pleased the organization and its members were that the nominees who came out in support of these talented artists this year "were particularly inspiring for these filmmakers, as they represent the categories these students primarily aspire to be part of, from directing and producing to editing and special effects. We know how busy schedules are at this time of year, but we are honored that the overwhelming turnout of nominees grows more and more with each passing year!"
The prestigious organization of actors, cinematographers, editors, writers, and directors has in the past played host to an array of celebrities and nominees from Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Morgan Freeman to Richard Gere, Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.
The luncheon is always anticipated and remembered for its spontaneous surprises of high-profile guests and the goodwill shared among colleagues, coming out in Support of the talented crop of up-and-coming filmmakers. This year was no exception and is indicative the continued strength and support engendered by the MMPA sponsors of the annual Diversity Awards. Supporters such as K-NBC 4, The Writers Guild of America, West, Act 1 Group, The Rose Breast Cancer Society and Warner Bros. continue the tradition of excellence and support toward the MMPA scholarship program, which this year benefited 6 student filmmakers with scholarships.