Women in Film salutes this year’s female nominees at pre-Oscars bash

Oscar nominees Yalitza Aparicio, front, and Glenn Close attend the 12th Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place in Beverly Hills on Friday.

Glenn Close, Regina King, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio took time to drop into the 12th annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party.

“This is an amazing night,” said the event’s co-host, Cathy Schulman, in her official welcome to guests. “There are 61 female nominees this year. … An all-time high.” An Oscar winner herself for “Crash,” she then cited 17 repeat nominees and three women now up for two Academy Awards this year.

Held Friday at the private club Spring Place in Beverly Hills, Women in Film’s pre-Oscars affair honored female Academy Award contenders, both in front of and behind the cameras, including producers, screenwriters, sound mixers, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists and others.

Also co-hosted by three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, up this year for “The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” the many nominees on scene included “The Favourite” producer Ceci Dempsey, “Roma” producer Gabriela Rodriguez, “A Star Is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and “I’ll Fight” songwriter Diane Warren for the documentary “RBG.”

Among others there to cheer on Oscar hopefuls were actors Kate Bosworth, Eva Longoria, Angela Bassett, Our Lady J, Kiki Layne, Jaime King, Felicity Huffman, Rumer Willis, Lake Bell, Nikki Reed, Justin Baldoni, Emily Baldoni, David Harbour, Angela Sarafyan, Nia Vardalos, Madelaine Petsch, Louise Roe and Ashley Madekwe.

As servers passed cheeseburger sliders and veggie spring rolls, guests mingled by the bar, seated themselves beside a towering potted palm or checked out the vanilla and chocolate desserts in a side room featuring an ice sculpture of a Chloe wine bottle.