Oscar's Big Weekend 2012 - Friday

MUSIC FOR FILM BRUNCH
Where: Eveleigh Restaurant
Who’s expected: Quincy Jones, “The Artist” composer and Oscar nominee Ludovic Bource and other key members of the Composer’s Guild
Why you don’t want to miss it: This is the inaugural brunch that celebrates film’s musical virtuosos, given in conjunction with WME, which has a large roster of composers in its stable.

ICG PUBLICISTS AWARDS LUNCHEON
Where: Beverly Hilton Hotel
Who’s expected: The top publicity mavens, including honoree Arlene Ludwig
Why you don’t want to miss it: Plenty of movie-star wattage will be on hand, from Julie Andrews and Jodie Foster to Gary Oldman, Missi Pyle and Max von Sydow, all stars who know that it is the publicists who helped make them into household names.

MMPA STUDENT FILMMAKERS SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
Where: Sofitel Hotel
Who’s expected: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and other mentor-minded types
Why you don’t want to miss it: This annual awarding of scholarships to up-and-coming filmmakers always draws top Tinseltown players, who combine eating lunch with encouraging the winners of the Multicultural Motion Picture Assn.’s to reach for the stars.

5TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN FILM PRE-OSCAR COCKTAIL PARTY
Where: Cecconi’s Restaurant
Who’s expected: WIF prexy Cathy Schulman, host Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar nominees including Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Sandy Powell, Thelma Schoonmaker, Anne Seibel, Deb Adair
Why you don’t want to miss it: It’s a room full of the most successful women in the biz, and they all have champagne in their hands and are smiling.

GREAT BRITISH FILM RECEPTION
Where: British Consul General’s Residence in Hancock Park
Who’s expected: British Media and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Consul Gen. Barbara Hay
Why you don’t want to miss it: Any Brit with an Oscar nom, and a few without, will be at this cocktail pour.

WARNER BROS. PRE-OSCAR PARTY
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: WB’s nominees
Why you don’t want to miss it: The view of the city and the stars

EYE ON BLACK 2012
Where: Park Plaza Hotel
Who’s expected: Martin Lawrence, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Allen, Debbie Allen, Haile Gerima, Chris Robinson, Luke Wilson, host Brandon T. Jackson
Why you don’t want to miss it: “The Eye on Black salute recognizes influential African-Americans who have helped to shape black experience in the movies,” says Duran Brown of the Kartel Co., who created the awards in 2010 along with its client Anheuser-Busch. Plus, there’s a four-course meal and music by Leela James and Goapele.

VANITY FAIR AND RICHARD MILLE TOASTS MARTIN SCORSESE AND THE FILM FOUNDATION
Where: Hotel Bel-Air
Who’s expected: Honoree Martin Scorsese and his friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: The fete supports the Film Foundation, dedicated to preserving movies that are disintegrating as you sip your cocktail. Plus those swans and the gorgeously renovated hotel.

CAA’S BRYAN LOURD PARTY
Where: Lourd’s Bel-Air manse
Who’s expected: Hollywood’s A-list actors represented by CAA, as well as studio heads and other power players
Why you don’t want to miss it: Lourd’s top rainmaker George Clooney is sure to stop in with girlfriend Stacy Keibler.

UTA’S JIM BERKUS PARTY
Where: Berkus’ BevHills abode
Who’s expected: UTA’s Oscar nominees, including Kristen Wiig, as well as top execs, managers and other notables
Why you don’t want to miss it: Wiig just might bring along some rowdy “Bridesmaids” gals to liven up the party. Plus, guitarist Nick Valensi from the Strokes is playing DJ for the night.

WME’S ARI EMANUEL PARTY
Where: Emanuel’s Brentwood estate
Who’s expected: Newly signed client Jean Dujardin, along with WME’s other nominees, including Octavia Spencer, Rooney Mara, Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill, Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian
Why you don’t want to miss it: So many high-powered Hollywood types that you may just want to stay put all night and just watch the scene go by at this one.

2ND ANNUAL SHORTS AWARDS
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: All the Oscar nominees for short pics, including live action, animated and docs
Why you don’t want to miss it: Where else can you see people like John Lasseter be honored alongside Melissa Leo (as happened last year). Plus, the show doesn’t start until 9 p.m.

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