The envelope please . . . and the Belcourt Oscar goes to . . . Holly Hoffman and Amos Gott for the Oscar Experience at the Belcourt Theatre.
The Dolby Theatre in L.A. had nothing on us here at the Belcourt, walking the red carpet with fans screaming and stars waving—what a night of glamour here in Nashville. Nominated that evening for the Belcourt Academy Awards were Amy Atkinson and Vince Dreffs, Judy and Stephen Price, the radiant Tish with fellow co-stars Stephanie Moore and Jackson Brown, Sally Bowers and Andy Currey.
Honorary Oscar winners Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman, leading actor Chase Cole, famous author Alice Randall with her leading man David Ewing, and Oscar winners Joan and Will Cheek.
Amos Gott also won Best Set Director for his magnificent “swanky” décor, both in the VIP lounge and the impressive entrance under tent on Belcourt Avenue, where Amos had crystal chandeliers, wooden flooring, and seating in a deco fashion.
Most Hollywood! The attire was black-tie or silver-screen splendor, Chanel with Bulgari diamonds. My attire was a three-piece, winter-white cashmere suit—yes, think Great Gatsby and add 50 pounds, lol. Hollywood’s biggest night was certainly celebrated here in Nashville at the Belcourt Theatre, where audiences have been entertained since 1925.
The glamour continued for Nashville socials with Dancing for Safe Haven, an evening benefitting Safe Haven Family Shelter, which for 29 years has been providing for and serving homeless families. I was again honored to be a judge this year, and I’m just amazed by the dancing talent shown by John Dwyer, Meredith Libbey, Darrell Freeman, Kate Herman, and the lovely Vicki Yates.
Fellow judges Heather Byrd, Jana Davis, and Christopher Wayne had quite the job that evening.
The 2013 Hero Award was presented to two outstanding individuals, Karen and David Conrad, for their longtime support of Safe Haven. Congratulations to Trey Lipman, leading dance lady for Safe Haven, for creating what in my opinion is Nashville’s Most Fun Party!
On a busy Saturday evening a few weeks back, Ron York hosted his second anniversary and expansion celebration at York & Friends Fine Art on Harding Place.
Guests were welcomed through a large tented area filled with wonderful food delights. Art, art, and more art was displayed in Ron’s newly renovated gallery where artists and patrons marveled through what I would call an art wonderland. Jann Harrison and Streater Spencer were among many local artists on hand welcoming Daisy King and George Clark, Frances Anne Varallo, Jo and Dan Church, Chloe Fort, Bo Sebastian with his cute mom, Laverne McCoy, Connie Allen and Lou Diamond.
A portion of sales that evening went to benefit Alias Chamber Ensemble. Super party, Ron. I cannot wait till your third anniversary!
From York & Friends my loyal photographer Sophia Forbes and I headed downtown to the Renaissance Hotel for the 14th Annual HRC 2013 Equality Gala. It was a night of fun and laughter with headline entertainer Alec Mapa and the live auction with the hilarious Jugg Sisters. Bridgestone was again the presenting sponsor of the evening with Ginny Markham-Jones, Ian May, and J.R. Simon as dinner co-chairs.
The 2013 Equality Award was presented to Margaret Ellis, and Hal Cato received the 2013 Community Leadership Award.
The Human Rights Campaign is a giving organization that encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans to live their lives openly, while changing the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. Mayor Karl Dean summed up this great evening in his quote: “I salute the Tennessee Human Rights Campaign and encourage you to remain steadfast in your efforts to end discrimination.”
Among those celebrating the evening were Iris Buhl and John Bridges, Keith Little and Sam Felker, Allen DeCuyper and Steve Sirls.
The awards continued with the T.J. Martell Honors Gala, co-chaired by David Corlew, Kitty Moon Emery, and Steve Hauser. This is always a stellar evening benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation, which is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.
I’ve always wanted to ask a superstar the question “Boxers or briefs?” and I did that evening while visiting with my new best buddy Jeff Bridges. Jeff’s response to me was, “Well, Ted, never been asked that before. Neither, to be exact!” OK, we shall go no further, but he did add, “Funny you bring this up, for my daughter, Jessica, is coming out with a new song that will sure be a hit—“Thongs on Wrong,” and he continued to tell me the story about how his most lovely wife, Susan, had that happen to her.
Just goes to show how much one may find out by asking an icebreaker question. So now you are wondering what this superstar was wearing . . . well, that is known to only Jeff, Susan, and Ted! By the way, FYI, I’m a boxer man.