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Prior to the Academy Awards, British consul general of Los Angeles Chris O’Connor and Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen cohosted the Great British Film Reception in Hancock Park, Calif. The party was organized by the British Film Commission as part of the Great Campaign, which spotlights British business, education, tourism, technology, music, sports and heritage.
In addition to tourism representatives such as chairman of VisitBritain, Christopher Rodrigues, a venerable list of actors turned out to honor the 26 British Oscar nominees in 18 categories. These A-list stars included Helen Mirren, Sally Hawkins, Jacqueline Bisset, James Frain, Cary Elwes, Dominic Monaghan, Jared Harris, Ed Westwick and many more.