Parties and events surrounding the big night
TODAYWOMEN 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.