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Tickets: All the tickets were given out to sponsors and organizing groups to make available to their supporters. None were available to the public. When we asked a spokesperson what the ticket price was, she couldn’t give an answer.
Scene: After a brief awards ceremony, the night’s lone heavyweight, Lucas, all but disappeared. Maybe he was whisked off to another event? His whereabouts were unclear, and we were more than a little disappointed to have missed our photo op with the Star Wars mastermind.
With the awards doled out early, the rest of the event became a mingling affair, in which old friends reconnected and strangers passed out business cards. A jazz band was set up in one room with a small dance floor, but most were content to sip drinks, munch food, and chat in small circles. A few tables and chairs were available for respite, but guests who claimed their spots early on were vigilant in keeping them.
Favorite Star Wars moment: Lucas on computers for kids: “We don’t have to feed kids information anymore. We now have little R2-D2 units to do it for us. And all the kids know how to use them.”
Best Hollywood-on-Washington moment: “Congressmen are notorious cowards,” Lucas said. “If you write them a letter and tell them to support anything, they’ll do it.”
Boldface names: 3 out of 5.
Swankiness: 4 out of 5.
Food and drink: 3 out of 5.
Overall exclusivity: 4 out of 5.
Total score: 14 out of 20.
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