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The wine was flow­ing and the at­mos­phere re­laxed Fri­day at the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Awards, which brought out some of Hol­ly­wood’s bright­est stars of the mo­ment, from Emily Blunt to Michael B. Jor­dan, for a cel­e­bra­tory lun­cheon in Los An­ge­les.

It’s an en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try anom­aly when no one walks out of an awards show a loser be­cause the win­ners – 10 films and 10 tele­vi­sion shows – have al­ready been an­nounced. Ev­ery­one turns up to have fun.

In a look around the room, you could see “BlacKkKlans­man” di­rec­tor Spike Lee bee-lin­ing to give “Black Pan­ther” di­rec­tor Ryan Coogler a big hug, Bradley Cooper greet­ing his “A Star Is Born” co-star Sam El­liott, “Roma” di­rec­tor Al­fonso Cuaron chat­ting with “Bet­ter Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, and Blunt run­ning be­tween the ta­bles for “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns” and “A Quiet Place.”

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