Hollywood Elsewhere attended and enjoyed last night’s SBIFF Virtuosos event. Quickie interviews with A Star is Born‘s Sam Elliott, Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher. First Man‘s Claire Foy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? costar Richard E. Grant, Leave No Trace‘s Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, BlacKkKlansman‘s John David Washington and Burning‘s Steven Yeun. (Roma‘s Yalitza Aparicio was billed but didn’t attend.) Spirited, amusing…a good time. Dave Karger moderated.
HE impressions: (a) Grant won the competition — he was by far the wittiest and most electric — the most vivid, spritzy and dryly urbane; (b) The laconic, laid-back, deep-voiced Elliott came in second, (and I’m very sorry he didn’t attend the after-party as I wanted to ask him about Lifeguard and his poker-game cameo in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid); (c) Fisher came in third — enthused, bubbly, tingly, “up”; (d) The others — Foy, Washington, McKenzie, Yeun — came off as likable and crackling as far as it went, but basically shared the fourth-place slot.