A party guide to Oscar weekend

FRIDAY

<VANITY FAIR DJ NIGHT AT PALIHOUSE
Where: Palihouse in WeHo
Who’s expected: Young Hollywood stars, especially ones that are fans of sponsors L’Oreal Paris and Lucky Jeans
Why you don’t want to miss it: A gaggle of female DJs (including Nicole Hill, Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe) will rock the VF Parlour at this dance party, designed, according to Vanity Fair honcho Edward Menicheschi, “to let everyone get a little raucous.”

UTA PARTY FOR THE COEN BROTHERS
Where: UTA Chairman Jim Berkus’ Beverly Hills Home
Who’s expected: Joel and Ethan, along with Jeff Bridges, Halle Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and all the other “True Grit” desperadoes
Why you don’t want to miss it: The “True Grit” gang rides yet again.

CAA’S BRYAN LOURD PARTY
Where: Lourd’s Bel-Air estate
Who’s expected: Anyone who wants to play ball in this town, including CAA-represented thespians, directors and studio heads
Why you don’t want to miss it: CAA clients scored big, with Natalie Portman, James Franco and Nicole Kidman leading the pack. They’ll all make the scene — for a little while, at least.

WME’S ARI EMANUEL PARTY
Where: Emanuel’s Brentwood manse
Who’s expected: The same studio execs that hit Lourd’s party, along with nominees repped by WME
Why you don’t want to miss it: Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale for starters, mixed with Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Danny Boyle and the rest of the high-powered WME stable

4th ANNUAL WOMEN IN FILM PRE-OSCAR PARTY
Where: Soho House, on the Roof Garden
Who’s expected: Co-host Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Darren Aronovsky and most of the female 2011 Academy Award nominees
Why you don’t want to miss it: According to new WIF president and Oscar-winning producer Cathy Shulman, “the below-the-line women – the non-actresses – who are nominated for Oscars haven’t gotten enough recognition in the past, so we created this party. It’s all about women celebrating women, in a surrounding where men can come too.”

4th ANNUAL WOMEN IN FILM PRE-OSCAR PARTY
Where: Soho House, on the Roof Garden
Who’s expected: Co-host Halle Berry , Jennifer Lawrence, Darren Aronofsky and most of the female 2011 Academy Award nominees
Why you don’t want to miss it: According to new WIF president and Oscar-winning producer Cathy Shulman, “the below-the-line women — the non-actresses — who are nominated for Oscars haven’t gotten enough recognition in the past, so we created this party. It’s all about women celebrating women, in a surrounding where men can come too.”

QVC 2 nd ANNUAL RED CARPET STYLE PARTY
Where: Four Seasons Beverly Hills
Who’s expected: Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Lawrence, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian , Mandy Moore, Allison Janney, Isaac Mizrahi, Dennis Basso
Why you don’t want to miss it: Gigantic swag bags filled with the latest QVC merchandise is a lure, but as Jamie Falkowski, the director of media relations for the massive shopping network, explains, “It’s our 25th anniversary and we’ll be broadcasting live from the party. We’re going to have a new-media center with gold-plated iPads and 24-karat gold iPads showing off our iPad apps, it will be amazing!” Plus, they will be doing a celebrity red-carpet makeover, complete with the gifting of “very, very expensive jewels” from their Lori Goldstein by Fred Leighton line. Sharon Stone may be the first in line.

EYE ON BLACK: A SALUTE TO DIRECTORS
Where: California African-American Museum in Exposition Park
Who’s expected: Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Tim Story and Melvin Van Peebles
Why you don’t want to miss it: Anheuser-Busch hosts a salute to black film pioneers, men who over the past 30 years have conquered the obstacles and emerged triumphant as respected movie directors. Honors go to the men named above at a cocktail party, silent auction and dinner reception; and in the spirit of this year’s continuing theme, proceeds will be donated to the Melvin Van Peebles Foundation, created to help economically disadvantaged youth.

BRITISH OSCAR NOMINEES RECEPTION
Where: British Counsel’s home in Hancock Park
Who’s expected: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Christian Bale and every Commonwealth expat in town for the show
Why you don’t want to miss it: The gorgeous garden is always redolent with the smell of fish and chips being fried off in a corner; it’s the counsel’s go-to Brit food, wows ‘em every time.

14th ANNUAL IMPACT AWARDS
Where: Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Who’s expected: Michelle Rodriguez, Mario Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Isabel Gomez-Bassols, Robert Rodriguez
Why you don’t want to miss it: The National Hispanic Media Coalition hands out its annual awards to the film, television and radio personalities that help to “eradicate the negative Latino stereotypes depicted in all forms of media.” Of course, with Cheech Marin as a special presenter, they’ll have to overlook his early career as a stoner comedian, but who’s counting?

SATURDAY

26TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Where: A tent on the beach in Santa Monica
Who’s expected: All the nominees and presenters, including Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Aaron Eckhart, Allison Janney, Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Rudd and host Joel McHale
Why you don’t want to miss it: The casual awards show returns to Santa Monica, where independent films are celebrated and honored. The most fun about this shindig is watching some of the Westside stars forego the limousine and arrive via bicycle!

FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS VOTER PARTY PRESENTED BY LG CINEMA 3D
Where: The third floor deck of Santa Monica Place
Who’s expected: Post-Spirit Awards revelers and “entertainment influencers”
Why you don’t want to miss it: Watching the IFC broadcast of the earlier Spirit Awards on LG Cinema 3D televisions scattered all over the decking at Santa Monica Place, while dining on fare from Zengo, Xino, Sonoma Wine Garden, Ozumo and Pizza Antica is a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Add in simply taking in the sunset with a nice red before heading out to the next soiree, and this is a done deal.

THE NIGHT BEFORE PARTY
Where: Beverly Hills Hotel
Who’s expected: Everyone who is anyone, dressed casually and with nary a photographer or journalist in sight
Why you don’t want to miss it: The exclusive bash benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the nonprofit organization that helps people in the entertainment industry with health, social services and retirement.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SYMPOSIUM
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy
Who’s expected: The five nominees for foreign language film, from Mexico, Greece, Denmark, Canada and Algeria
Why you don’t want to miss it: The five directors (Inarritu, Lanthimos, Bier, Villeneuve, Bouchareb) share their thoughts on the process and show clips of their films. As usual, this free general admission event is sold out, but a standby line starts at 8 a.m. The two-hour show begins at 10 a.m.

MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS SYMPOSIUM
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy
Who’s expected: The three nominees for makeup
Why you don’t want to miss it: An inside look at how the top makeup artists create spectacular looks for film. This year’s nominees are Adrien Morot for “Barney’s Version”; Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng for “The Way Back”; and six-time winner Rick Baker (along with Dave Elsey) for “The Wolfman.” All are expected to attend. This general admission event is always sold out, but a standby line starts forming at noon. The event begins at 2:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL PARTY FOR JESSE EISENBERG
Where: Latitude 33 in Marina del Rey
Who’s expected: Honoree Jesse Eisenberg
Why you don’t want to miss it: “Our parties are always a combination of entertainment industry insiders, socialites, executives and celebrities,” says Alison Chittum-Miller, the group publisher of Los Angeles Confidential magazine, “and we’re playing on ‘The Social Network’ theme by pairing photo ops with Bing, our primary sponsor.” Plus, catering is by the House of An, so there will be oodles of garlic noodles.

ROLLING STONE PRE-OSCAR PARTY
Where: Drai’s Hollywood
Who’s expected: Rolling Stone film critic and host Peter Travers, along with Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Seyfried, Paul Rudd, January Jones, Piers Morgan, Justin Bartha
Why you don’t want to miss it: Great views of the city, plenty of Skyy vodka and a live performance by the neo-soul/hip-hop band the Roots. And this one goes until 1 a.m., so it can be the last stop on the night’s dance card.

MMPA’S THE LADY IN RED: ‘THE WOMEN OF VISION’ PARTY
Where: Royal Meadows Estate, Sherman Oaks
Who’s expected: Honorees Laura Ziskin, Tena Clark, Nina Tassler and April Weeden-Washington
Why you don’t want to miss it: The Multicultural Motion Picture Assn. launches a night before party, designed to honor women in Hollywood who “support great causes in health, education, community and social justice.” The ladies will all be wearing red and the gentlemen will sport red ties. Make sure to keep with the dress code if you hit this one.

PRIVATE OSCAR PARTY, BY MONTBLANC & TWC
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: The nominees from “The King’s Speech” and “Blue Valentine”
Why you don’t want to miss it: To gander at a few future Oscar winners.

SUNDAY

GOVERNORS BALL
Where: Hollywood and Highland
Who’s expected: All the Oscar nominees, presenters, and winners make this their first party stop of the night.
Why you don’t want to miss it: They’ve ramped it up this year, according to Cheryl Cecchetto, who has produced the gala for the past 22 years. “We’ve never had dinner and dancing before,” she says. “Every hour there will be different music.” That includes the High Society Strings, Tito Puente Jr. and his band, and Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Swing Band, along with a rotating stage and a 1940s Mocambo vibe created by designer Jeffrey Kurland.

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Where: Pacific Design Center
Who’s expected: Hosts Elton John and David Furnish, and event chairs for 2011, including Victoria and David Beckham, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs, Cameron Crowe, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Rashida Jones, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Jane Lynch, Eric and Janet McCormack, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Tyler Perry, Paul and Julie Rudd, Sharon Stone, Taylor Swift and John Waters
Why you don’t want to miss it: The event chairs will show up.

VANITY FAIR DINNER AND AFTER PARTY
Where: Sunset Tower Hotel
Who’s expected: Host Graydon Carter and pretty much any actor carrying a golden statue. Without an Oscar in hand, you definitely need a golden ticket to get into this one.
Why you don’t want to miss it: “There is that magic moment when the In-n-Out burgers arrive,” Edward Menicheschi says with a chuckle, “and they are all gone. I know they say people don’t eat in Hollywood, but I’m telling you now, at midnight when those burgers arrive, they are gone in an instant.”

OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA 2011
Where: 51 cities across the United States
Who’s expected: Charity-minded film fans from every city in the United States
Why you don’t want to miss it: The 18th year of glam parties held all over America, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, combining Oscar night viewing fun with a charitable bent. Last year ONA raised a combined $3 million, offered up by 17,000-plus guests.

NIGHT OF 100 STARS VIEWING PARTY
Where: Beverly Hills Hotel
Who’s expected: Melanie Griffin, Jason Ritter, Edward James Olmos, Bruce Davison, Stefanie Powers
Why you don’t want to miss it: It’s the “oldest Oscar party, 21 years here in Los Angeles,” says host Norby Walters. But more important, it’s a room filled with “150 to 200 stars,” not just 100, and a chance for romance in the air. “Bo Derek and John Corbett, they met at this party seven years ago. Neither one of them had a date, and I put them together. So they always return to the scene of the crime, they come back to celebrate their anniversary.” Plus, this year, “we will salute Ernest Borgnine, for his 94th birthday and 60th anniversary of making films.”

AIDS PROJECT LA 10 TH ANNUAL ‘THE ENVELOPE PLEASE’ OSCAR VIEWING PARTY
Where: The Abbey in West Hollywood
Who’s expected: Abbey founder David Cooley, Pauley Perrette, Stephanie Pratt, Marisa Ramirez
Why you don’t want to miss it: Partying for a good cause, the Abbey hosts this bash to raise funds for APLA. In the past 10 years, over $1 million has been raised by the event. This year, guests will enjoy victuals created by executive chef Danny Elmaleh and can experience products from Ecoya, the Australian luxury eco bath and beauty brand, who are a key sponsor.

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