Oscar weekend higlights

Parties and events surrounding the big night

TODAY

WOMEN IN FILM PRE-OSCAR COCKTAIL PARTY

Where: The home of Peter and Tara Guber

Who’s expected: The 2009 female Oscar nominees

Why you don’t want to miss it: Where else are you going to find all the most powerful women in Hollywood in one room as well as bottomless Perrier-Jouet champagne?

MULTICULTURAL MOTION PICTURE ASSN.’S OSCAR WEEK LUNCHEON

Where: Four Seasons Hotel

Who’s expected: Bill Duke honored; studio execs from NBC Universal, Disney, Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros.

Why you don’t want to miss it: The focus is on young up-and-coming film talent and scholarships are handed out by Oscar nominees.

SATURDAY

THE NIGHT BEFORE PARTY

Where: Beverly Hills Hotel

Who’s expected: Host Jeffrey Katzenberg and his A-list friends

Why you don’t want to miss it: A chance to celebrate the Oscars while also raising money for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation.

SPIRIT AWARDS

Where: A tent on the beach in Santa Monica

Who’s expected: Anne Hathaway, Mickey Rourke, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz

Why you don’t want to miss it: This laid-back kudofest always leads to plenty of laughs and surprises.

IFC INDIE FILM CELEBRATION

Where: Shutters Hotel

Who’s expected: Bryan Cranston, Catherine Keener, Debra Winger, Jonathan Demme, Melissa Leo, Michelle Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Robin Wright Penn

Why you don’t want to miss it: The fun decor — an electric circus reminiscent of Times Square — will transform the space, plus music from DJ Momjeans aka thesp Danny Masterson.

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS OSCAR NOMINEES DINNER

Where: Cecconi’s

Who’s expected: Anne Hathaway, Melissa Leo, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard

Why you don’t want to miss it: It’s a chance to check out the Soho House’s much-

anticipated new restaurant while toasting the nominees.

SEVENTH ANNUAL VES AWARDS

Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

Who’s expected: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Phil Tippett are the night’s honorees.

Why you don’t want to miss it: The Visual Effects Society’s awards promises big-name surprise presenters.

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS GOLDEN REEL AWARDS

Where: Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Who’s expected: George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Danny Boyle

Why you don’t want to miss it: A fancy feast of seared thyme-crusted filet mignon followed by a night of dancing.

ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED PRODUCTION DESIGNERS AND SET DECORATORS PANEL

Where: Egyptian Theater

Who’s expected: ADG prexy Tom Walsh will moderate a discussion with production designers as well as set decorators.

Why you don’t want to miss it: A chance to hear the inside scoop from the experts.

NINTH ANNUAL INVISIBLE ART/VISIBLE ARTISTS PANEL

Where: Egyptian Theater

Who’s expected: All of the Oscar-nominated editors

Why you don’t want to miss it: An opportunity to hear all of the Oscar-nominated editors talk about how they got from dailies to Oscar nods.

SUNDAY

THE GOVERNORS BALL

Where: Hollywood & Highland

Who’s expected: All the Oscar nominees and winners

Why you don’t want to miss it: A lavish Wolfgang Puck menu and Sterling Wines

VANITY FAIR

Where: Sunset Tower Hotel

Who’s expected: Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman

Why you don’t want to miss it: This year’s scaled-back bash will be packed with A-list stars.

ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION ACADEMY AWARD VIEWING PARTY

Where: Pacific Design Center

Who’s expected: David and Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Stephen Daldry, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann

Why you don’t want to miss it: A performance by Raphael Saadiq and, of course, the host himself.

APLA’s THE ENVELOPE PLEASE OSCAR VIEWING PARTY

Where: The Abbey

Who’s expected: Jennifer Love Hewitt will host.

Why you don’t want to miss it: A chance to watch the Oscars and rub elbows with Hollywood stars while supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles.

NIGHT OF 100 STARS GALA

Where: Beverly Hills Hotel

Who’s expected: David Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Tony Shalhoub,

Why you don’t want to miss it: An eclectic mix of Hollywood stars and industry players can always be found at Norby Walters’ lively bash.

NEW YORK OSCAR PARTY

Where: The Carlyle

Who’s expected: Geoffrey Rush, Marcia Gay Harden, Shirley Knight, Sylvia Miles

Why you don’t want to miss it: An intimate five-course dinner prepared by executive chef James Sakatos.

INAUGURAL LEEZA GIBBONS OSCAR NIGHT PARTY

Where: Mr. Chow

Who’s expected: hosts Leeza Gibbons, Olivia Newton-John and David Foster; guests Jessica Biel, Danny Boyle, Taraji P. Henson

Why you don’t want to miss it: A 10-course meal by Mr. Chow.

THE SUITE LIFE

THE ELLE GREEN ROOM

When: Saturday

Where: Backstage at the Spirit Awards

Posh perks: Guests will be treated to Maybelline and Garnier products, while VIPs will walk away with Lacoste hats and sunglasses.

ON 3 PRODS.’ OFFICIAL PRESENTER GIFT LOUNGE

When: Saturday

Where: Backstage at the Spirit Awards

Posh perks: Goodies including a Palm Pre with six months of complimentary service from Sprint; a one-year membership to Crunch Gym; a one-night stay in a 1,466-square-foot Monarch Suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

STUART WEITZMAN STYLING SUITE

When: Today and Saturday

Where: The London West Hollywood Hotel

Posh perks: Preview the new Stuart Weitzman Red Carpet collection while enjoying complimentary beauty treatments.

H. STERN SHOWROOM AND DIAMOND SANCTUARY

When: Today, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Posh perks: Luxurious diamond spa facial and body therapies by Natura Bisse.

PATRICK MELVILLE AND NAPOLEON PERDIS’ THE OSCAR EXPERIENCE SUITE

When: Today, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Peninsula Beverly Hills

Posh perks: Hair treatments by Patrick Melville, makeup by makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, acupuncture by Juhi Singh.

ALIVE! EXPO GREEN PAVILION/MIXMEDIA LUXURY LOUNGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH DIAMOND GIRL PR

When: Today and Saturday

Where: Sofitel Los Angeles

Posh perks: A chance to learn all that’s new and fabulous under the eco-friendly umbrella.

HAVEN BY HACHETTE FILIPACCHI MEDIA

When: Today

Where: A private home on Trousdale Place with its own beach

Posh perks: American Laser Centers laser treatments, Warren-Tricomi hair and makeup as well as nail servies by OPI.

GBK’S CIRCUS OF THE SENSES OSCARS GIFT SUITE

When: Today and Saturday

Where: SLS Hotel

Posh perks: Each gift room will represent a nominated best film, with drink, decor and surprise elements in each space specifically tailored toward each film. Plus nominees and presenters will walk away with more than $35,000 in gifted luxury.

MELANIE SEGAL’S LOUNGE PRESENTED BY SENSE

When: Today

Where: A boutique hotel in West Hollywood

Posh perks: Guests will enjoy fun treats while helping to raise awareness for President Obama’s USA Service.org.

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