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Common Hosts Fourth Annual ‘Toast to the Arts: A Celebration of Fearless Art,’ Honoring Get Out and Mudbound Oscar Nominations

Mary J. Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Gabrielle Union and Daniel Kaluuya Among Star-Studded Oscar Celebration

LOS ANGELES  — Recording artist and Oscar-winner Common hosted the fourth annual “Toast To The Arts: A Celebration of Fearless Art” event, March 2, honoring the Academy Award nominations of Get Out nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Best Actor); Mudbound nominees Mary J. Blige (Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song), director Dee Rees (Best Writing Adapted Screenplay) and producer Charles D. King; as well as legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett.

The star-studded soirée hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Tiffany Haddish, Gabrielle Union, Andra Day, Ray Lewis, Dahntay Jones, Amanda Seales, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lil Rel Howery, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and more.

GALLERY/B ROLL: Stars Attend Common’s Pre-Oscars ‘Toast To The Arts’ Party, Presented by Remy Martin


Captions should include: “Toast to the Arts presented by Remy Martin.” Photos courtesy of Sansho Scott of

Guests raised glasses of Remy Martin, Heineken and Red Bull-infused cocktails at West Hollywood hotspot Ysabel, during an intimate garden-set dinner under the stars. Master of ceremonies, Common, recognized a handful of Oscar-nominated ‘rebels’ who blazed trails for groundbreaking achievements in film, including a special toast to Mudbound director Dee Rees, who became the first black woman to be nominated in the adapted screenplay category. The Ayars Agency and MVD Inc. curated the evening. Partners for the event also included Color of Change, Shea Moisture and Planned Parenthood.

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Paul Panday

Metro Public Relations

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