A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit MPTF.
Funds raised during the legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history.
The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot & Jaron Varsano, Greta Gerwig, Allison Janney, Sharon & Richard Jenkins, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie & Tom Ackerley, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.
Attending guests included Katie Aselton, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Camilla Belle, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Chadwick Boseman, Sofia Boutella, Amy Brenneman, Connie Britton, Adrien Brody, Billy Brown, Kobe Bryant, Ty Burrell, Erika Christensen, George Clooney, Laverne Cox, Darren Criss, Viola Davis, Kristin Davis, Rosario Dawson, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Zoey Deutch, Loretta Devine, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daveed Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Michael Douglas, Emma Dumont, Mark Duplass, Clea Duvall, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Ansel Elgort, Jay Ellis, Jon Favreau, Fortune Feimster, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Fillion, Frances Fisher, Scott Foley, Peter Fonda, David Foster, Jamie Foxx, Isabelle Fuhrman, Betty Gabriel, Josh Gad, Tony Goldwyn, Eiza Gonzalez, Emily V. Gordon, Heather Graham, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Chris Hardwick, Sally Hawkins, Lydia Hearst, Gaby Hoffman, Tom Holland, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jon Huertas, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Blake Jenner, January Jones, Ashley Judd, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael Keaton, Arielle Kebbel, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Pom Klementieff, Heidi Klum, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Amy Landecker, Joy Lenz, Judith Light, Hamish Linklater, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Andie MacDowell, Allen Maldonado, Joe Manganiello, Camryn Manheim, Jason Mantzoukas, Tatiana Maslany, Eric McCormack, Jake McDorman, Frances McDormand, Katharine McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Cami Mendes, Shawn Mendes, Jesse Metcalfe, Helen Mirren, Michelle Monaghan, Natalie Morales, Elisabeth Moss, Mirai Nagasu, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Nef, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Noth, Bob Odenkirk, Gary Oldman, Danielle Panabaker, Pedro Pascal, Benj Pasek, Aaron Paul, Justin Paul, Nasim Pedrad, Tyler Perry, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Pressly, Jack Quaid, Lily Rabe, Retta, Tony Revolori, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Ritter, Britt Robertson, Ray Romano, Evan Ross, Halston Sage, Caterina Scorsone, Reid Scott, Andy Serkis, Keesha Sharp, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Alicia Silverstone, John Slattery, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Abigail Spencer, Sebastian Stan, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stonestreet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Maura Tierney, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Marie Tran, Sofia Vergara, Lena Waithe, Christopher Walken, Matt Walsh, Diane Warren, Bradley Whitford, Edgar Wright, Bellamy Young, and more.
This year’s generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, L’Oréal, Target, The Hollywood Reporter, and YouTube. The event was held at Fox Studios, where Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty foods for the guests and Lavazza, as the official coffee of the ‘Night Before,’ provided its signature espresso.
“I am so grateful for the generosity of the Presenting Sponsors and donors for making the ‘Night Before’ an amazing evening every year. It is not only the largest fundraiser each year for the MPTF, having raised over $80m over the sixteen years, but it is also the perfect way to bring the industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. This spirit translates into thousands of industry workers at all levels and at all ages being helped whenever a momentary crisis or need happens in their lives. This safety net of services is needed now more than ever before and we all must play our part to ensure the MPTF remains vital,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.
The ‘Night Before,’ held annually the night before the Academy Awards has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.