Travolta, Spielberg light up Foreign Press lunch

Associated Press Modified: August 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm •  Published: August 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg talked movies with Harvey Weinstein. John Travolta chatted with Bradley Cooper. Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black shared cellphone photos.

Those stars, along with Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and others, lit up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual summer luncheon Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the group behind the Golden Globe Awards presented grants and introduced its officers for the coming year.

The stars helped present and accept $1.2 million in grants from the association to organizations around the country that promote film education and preservation.

The Sundance Institute, Film Foundation and American Film Institute were among 40 nonprofit beneficiaries of grants this year.

But the organization's annual luncheon was really about schmoozing with the stars.

"I loved your movie," Weinstein said to Travolta, who stars in Oliver Stone's marijuana drama "Savages." ''I thought your movie was great."

Meanwhile, Hoffman and Black swapped snaps on their iPhones as Washington and Hendricks posed for a photo.

"I am here to get nominated," Hoffman joked as he took the stage. He told the audience he had just turned 75.

"Dustin's 75 and he looks great; I'm 57 and I look like hell!" said the grey-bearded Grammer, who sat with his new wife, Kayte.

Don Johnson was practically unrecognizable with a newly taut face and his long hair wrapped into a bun. He referred to "Scandal" star Washington as "poised, delicious and divine."