From left: Lupita Nyong'o, Joe Manganiello and Jessica Simpson
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05/01/2014 at 06:55 PM EDT
Politics may make strange bedfellows, but Washington D.C.'s most star-studded night always makes for some interesting table talk.
At the 100th annual White House Correspondents Association dinner, emceed this year by Joel McHale
, expect to see the usual oddball mix of celebrities seated with politicians seated with media folk, who host tables in a massive ballroom under the Washington Hilton.
To the uninitiated, watching the A-listers make their way to their seats seems a bit like Harry Potter's Hogwarts "sorting hat" is at work sending each boldface name to the right place. Where's Anna Kendrick
headed? She'll be at the Huffington Post
's table, where she can chat up Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell, and Questlove
of the Roots, among others.
The USA Today
table will have an eclectic mix of celebs, including Jessica Simpson
and fiancé Eric Johnson, Rosario Dawson, Freida Pinto, Jeff Goldblum and Orange Is the New Black
actresses Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba.
No surprise that The Good Wife
star Julianna Margulies
will be at CBS's table. There she'll find Her
director Spike Jonze, singer Gloria Estefan
, and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton in the mix.
How about Lupita Nyong'o
? She'll make her way to Time
magazines' tables, where she might sit next to Gravity
director Alfonso Cuarón or Uber car service CEO Travis Kalanick.
We might be biased, but we believe the tables to be at are those that include PEOPLE's guests: actors Joe Manganiello
and Scott Foley
, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn
, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Thanks to The Washington Post
here's a partial list of where to spot some of your favorite stars – and the pols they may encounter – around the bread basket:
Time and Fortune:
Steve McQueen, director
Alfonso Cuarón, director
Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber
The Huffington Post:
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Sylvia Burwell, secretary Health and Human Services
Ron Dermer, the United States Ambassador to Israel
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
NBCUniversal News Group:
Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Sage Kotsenburg, Olympic athlete
William Bratton, New York Police Department Commissioner
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
ABC:Tony GoldwynHayden PanettiereJesse Tyler Ferguson
Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security