As he usually does, Patriots owner Robert Kraft watched the Oscars with a host of other celebs at Elton John’s annual viewing party benefiting the Rocket Man’s AIDS Foundation. Kraft, dressed in a dark suit and sneakers, brought along girlfriend Ricki Lander, who posted a picture on Instagram of herself at the bash at the City of West Hollywood Park. On his way in, Kraft said he’d seen “Spotlight” and liked it very much. “I thought it was terrific,” he said. “I called [former Globe editor] Marty Baron after I saw it. The characterization was excellent.” Asked if he expected it to win, Kraft replied: “If I were a voter, I’d vote for it.”
Other guests were similarly impressed with the film, which tells the story of the Globe’s series exposing clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Talking before the film won the Oscar, “Scandal” actress Bellamy Young said she had a personal interest in the film. “My dear friend Josh [Singer] wrote it, so not only did I see it, I’m, like, 100 percent pulling for it,” she said. “In my heart, it wins everything. I thought they did such an impeccable job by getting all of the information out and also making it such an amazingly fun ride, which seems an odd thing to say, but it’s beautifully done top to tail.”
Even KISS frontman Gene Simmons, not known for his film criticism, had an opinion. “My only disappointment is they didn’t show the actual bad guys. When we think of good guys, they do the Lord’s work, but the collar does not prevent evil,” he said. “They did not show why these guys did it. There was no up-close camera on these [expletive] who did this. . . . I think the guys with collars got away pretty easy. They just moved around.”
Rhode Island’s own Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe who attended BU, was also there, but there was no sign of Pats receiver Danny Amendola, whom she’s allegedly dating. Other guests included Mariah Carey, Caitlyn Jenner, Charlie Sheen, and Oscar winner Hilary Swank.