Virgin Atlantic goes behind the scenes of a very British Oscars pre-party

By: Maxine Sheppard

March 5, 2014

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Our Red Carpet Reporter Belle Gurd takes us behind the scenes of a very British Oscars pre-party.

Kicking off the Oscars weekend, the annual GREAT Film Reception held at the British Consul General’s residence in L.A hosted more than 400 of Hollywood’s British elite.

Red carpet treatment, British style

As torrential rain drenched the streets of Los Angeles, British film stars and Oscar Nominees braved the weather to walk the red carpet, chat with guests and more importantly celebrate the huge success for British film and creativity with this year’s 26 British Oscar nominees across a mammoth 16 films.

Gracing the red carpet were British film royalty Dame Helen Mirren, Winner of Best Picture and Nominee for Best Director Steve McQueen, Winner of Best Sound for “Gravity” Chris Benstead, Jane Seymour, Jacqueline Bisset, and Chesney Hawkes – to name just a few.

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Steve McQueen and Helen Mirren at the GREAT Film Reception 


A custom set made to look like the new Upper Class Cabin had guests posing at the onboard bar with our fabulous crew, for a mock film poster of Virgin Atlantic’s new onboard movie “˜Love at First Flight.’

As guests mingled, sipped on martinis and sampled traditional British gourmet eats, Steve McQueen gathered the Oscar nominees on stage and gave a heartwarming speech paying tribute to the hard working nature of the Brits in Film. Check out what he had to say and other highlights here.

Fancy some Hollywood Glamour? Book your flight to Los Angeles today.



Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.