At 12:30 pm I attended a serene and convivial back-yard reception for French Oscar nominees, particularly Amour star Emmanuelle Riva and her director Michael Haneke, at the Beverly Hills residence of Axel Cruau, the Consul General of France. Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux, Village Voice/L.A. Weekly critic Scott Foundas, Variety‘s Steven Gaydos, Deadline‘s Pete Hammond and MCN’s David Poland were among the guests.

What happened to the Emmanuelle Riva Best Actress surge? Hammond, who predicted a Riva win, said he suspects the vote was probably very close and that Jennifer Lawrence might have won by the skin of her teeth….maybe.

Thierry Fremaux, Scott Foundas.

Amour star Emmanuelle Riva.

Amour director Michael Haneke.