The show-biz influence is so dominant now that Hollywood joined the big inside joke of the media-political crowd: At the start of the evening’s program onstage, the audience saw a comic video montage featuring Spacey in his “House of Cards” role as a Machiavellian congressman haggling with the likes of Jay Carney, Steny Hoyer, John McCain and several brand-name pols and journos over who gets the best seats and sexiest guests for the dinner.
A very partial list of the famous folks (non-media, non-politics) on hand included, in no particular order or ranking of star power: Nicole Kidman, Jon Hamm, Olivia Munn, Gerard Butler, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katy Perry, Kate Mara, Robin Wright, Connie Britton, Tony Goldwyn, Kerry Washington, Fred Armisen, Claire Danes, Jon Bon Jovi, Kathleen Turner, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Steven Spielberg, Josh Radnor, Carrie Brownstein, Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Sofia Vergara, JC Chasez, Rebel Wilson, Gabby Douglas, Kevin McHale, Anna Wintour, Dan Stevens, Patrick Stewart, Justin Bartha, Tracy Morgan, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Sophia Bush, Jessica Pare, Patricia Arquette, MC Hammer and Bradley Cooper.
Before the dinner began, billionaires George Lucas and David Rubenstein spent a few minutes in an intense discussion. Sequester? Interest rates? Nope. Lucas was sharing the woes of building a museum in San Francisco.
Steven Spielberg, overheard: “This is my fourth year. I will say it will probably be my last. It’s getting really hectic.”
Josh Radnor, who stars on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” attended as a guest of the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit group that lobbies for funding for the arts in schools. Asked how the Washington social scene differs from that in Hollywood, Radnor said, “Actually, this is more socially intense.”
Melissa Bell, Mark Berman, Monica Hesse, Roxanne Roberts and Veronica Toney contributed to this report.