Move and Groove

There’ll be a “whole new look” at the Governors’ Ball following this year’s Oscars, Academy President Sid Ganis told me. There will be no assigned seating at tables Ball Chairlady Cheryl Boone Isaacs expanded. There will be 1,500 guests attending and seating for 1,100.

“We want people to mingle at their leisure,” she said, drawing on her experiences at previous post-awards Acad soirees. She reminded that everyone does indeed mingle and shmooze at great lengths before deciding to have dinner — choosing from the lavish menu by Wolfgang Puck.

During the mingling and schmoozing, Isaacs says, Wolfgang’s armada will be serving drinks, hors d’oeuvres and, when requested, dinner creations. When I queried Isaacs about the discrepancy between the number of invited guess and the available seating, she said, “We believe this arrangement will allow for more freedom for guests to ‘move and groove.’

And it will be very organized. The ballroom will be designed in tiers and Dave Koz and his band will play for Maureen McGovern, BeBe Winans and Erin Boheme and the Governors Ball band will also entertain.  There’ll be no speeches.

“It’s a party,” she reminded.

I asked again, “No special seating — even for winners — or nominees?” She insisted there would be none for anyone.

“It’s equality,” Isaacs insisted. But I couldn’t help recall how much fun it was at the 2004 Oscars when we were sitting at the same (assigned) table with the gorgeous Charlie Thereon — who had just won an Oscar for her performance in a leading role in “Monster.” Everyone came over to the table to congratulate her — and to shmooze.

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