First this past week came W magazine’s “Best Performances” movie issue. The Ruth Negga–Natalie Portman cover below, one of six conceived by editor at large Lynn Hirschberg with help from digital features director Erik Maza, is the most memorable.
Then it was time for the magazine to celebrate its latest awards season special issue Jan. 5 at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, at a penthouse bash sponsored by Audi and Moët. Blow-ups of the covers adorned the walls. From Maza’s party summary, in which he segues from a moment with Evan Rachel Wood to:
Shortly thereafter, there was a ripple in the room’s magnetic energy. Barbra Streisand was in our midst.
It takes a lot to impress a crowd this unflappable and weary of celebrity, but if anyone can manage it, it’s Yentl herself. Even grown men like Chris Pine were giddy and ran over to get a selfie for the record books.
Streisand, as it so happens, is the same age as the HFPA honors. On Sunday, when those 74th Annual Golden Globes roll around, it will be time for Maza and W co. to take measure of the ceremony. Will anything top his favorite personal moment? Unlikely.
— erik maza (@erikmaza) January 7, 2017