Stars stop by Stein’s for early evening affair |

Stars stop by Stein’s for early evening affair

Sunday evening, a group of photographers packed inside the lobby at Stein Eriksen Lodge. The gathered hoard awaited the arrivals of the stars for the 2006 Ray Ban Visionary Award ceremony.

Inside, in the oak-paneled hall, a mixture of party-goers, including celebrities, reporters, movie industry executives and filmmakers gathered for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The crowd gathered at the behest of Ray-Ban and its partners, Hollywood Life and nonprofit The Creative Coalition, to recognize actor Matt Dillon for his accomplishments on the screen and in the community.

"We’re trying to recognize people who do really good things both in their films and their lives," said Peggy Fries, senior marketing manager with Ray-Ban.

Dillon’s film credits include "Drugstore Cowboy," "There’s Something About Mary," and more recently, last year’s film "Crash," for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Each year for the past three years, Ray-Ban has joined with Hollywood Life and The Creative Coalition to give the award to a person who is commended for his or her accomplishments on and off the screen. Previous winners include Mark Ordesky, executive vice president at New Line Productions, Colin Callender, president of HBO Films, and last year’s recipient, actor Kevin Bacon.

"Ray-Ban has had a longstanding relationship with Hollywood," said Fries. "The reason we created the visionary award was that we think film is important."

She said that to win one of the awards, a person must be a visionary either in the roles they choose and how they execute them, or in the films they make, the people they work with and the way in which they influence the movie industry.

Dillon, who stars in the Sundance Film Festival film "Factotum," which is screening in the Spectrum category this year, stepped on stage after an introduction from "Factotum" co-star Lili Taylor, and accepted the award with a joke and a note of thanks.

"I’ve been very fortunate to work with very talented filmmakers and filmmakers with a vision," he said.

Singer-songwriter Anna Nalick closed the evening with a small set, including her hit, "Breathe."

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