Oscar's Big Weekend: Saturday

FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Where: On the beach at Santa Monica
Who’s expected: Nominees including Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin, Asghar Farhadi and Alexander Payne
Why you don’t want to miss it: The casual fun-in-the-sun vibe sets the Spirit Awards apart. Plus, there’s that excellent swag suite behind the scenes, passing out goodies, as well as the new Jameson Backstage Lounge, where, according to Jeffrey Moran of Pernod-Ricard, “We have a cool, updated trendy pub, serving Jameson’s Irish Whiskey as well as a specialty bar featuring some of our aged and high-end marques.” Afternoon cocktails, anyone?

MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS SYMPOSIUM
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy
Who’s expected: Host Leonard Engelman and the three makeup Oscar nominees
Why you don’t want to miss it: The artists behind the magical makeup transformations in “Albert Nobbs,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ and “The Iron Lady” will share their secrets. Also sold out, the standby line opens at noon for a 2:30 p.m. start.

MONTBLANC PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO COLLECTION CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
Where: Hotel Bel-Air
Who’s expected: Lovers of the Montblanc brand, including Rosario Dawson, Kate Mara and Rosanna Arquette
Why you don’t want to miss it: Launching the Princess Grace of Monaco collection of fine jewelry and watches, Montblanc goes retro at this exclusive brunch, taking attendees back to the elegant time when Grace Kelly was the queen of Hollywood.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARDS NOMINEES SYMPOSIUM
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy
Who’s expected: The nominated directors for foreign-language film: Michael Roskam, Joseph Cedar, Agnieszka Holland, Philippe Falardeau and Asghar Farhadi
Why you don’t want to miss it: This annual conversation with the nominees for “Bullhead,” “Footnote,” “In Darkness,” “Monsieur Lazhar” and “A Separation” is always a popular way to spend a Saturday morning; already sold out, but the standby line opens up at 8 a.m. The symposium begins at 10 a.m.

OBSERVATION, PASSION & IMAGINATION: THE ART OF PRODUCTION DESIGN, A PANEL DISCUSSION
Where: Egyptian Theater
Who’s expected: Art Directors Guild prexy Thomas A. Walsh and a panel of Oscar-nominated production designers and set directors
Why you don’t want to miss it: Conversation and excerpts from the nominated films — “The Artist,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse” — starting at 2:30 p.m. Free admission.

THE NIGHT BEFORE PARTY
Where: Beverly Hills Hotel
Who’s expected: Stars, studio heads and anyone who isn’t completely burned out by now, all dressed down and relaxed.
Why you don’t want to miss it: This exclusive party has no red carpet, no need to get all dolled up, and is usually filled with the most famous faces in town for the big weekend. Plus, it benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

VANITY FAIR DJ NIGHT WITH FIAT AND L’OREAL PARIS
Where: Golden Bridge Yoga Space
Who’s expected: British DJs Nervo and Daisy O’Dell, along with all those “people who don’t have to sleep at all during Oscar weekend, the young ones,” according to Vanity Fair honcho Edward Menicheschi
Why you don’t want to miss it: Dancing the night away for a good cause, as sponsors Fiat and L’Oreal will donate to the Pablove Foundation, an org that funds pediatric cancer research.

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 2012 OSCAR DINNER
Where: Andaz Hotel West Hollywood
Who’s expected: Howard Stringer and the stars and filmmakers from Sony Pictures Classics’ eight Oscar-nommed movies, including Corey Stoll, Letty Aronson and Asghar Farhadi
Why you don’t want to miss it: Chef Jorge Chicas whips up some amazing culinary delights at RH, the Andaz’s fine dining restaurant; and since Cointreau is a sponsor of the meal, expect top-shelf margaritas to be flowing.

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