by Chris Gardner
The home stretch is here.
The chemical peels have peeled, juice cleanses are underway, gowns are getting a final fitting and speeches are being rewritten as Hollywood braces for a final round of awards season bashes leading up to the biggest night of the year, the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. But before any gold statuettes are handed out, there will be a string of chic, red carpet bashes to celebrate the year's best films. Here's our roundup of what's happening thanks to Oscar:
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Global Green’s 12th Annual Pre-Oscar Party Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles
Hosted by Ashley Greene and Theo Von (with a host committee that includes Orlando Bloom, Lyn and Norman Lear and Kathy Freston), the “zero waste” event will feature a performance by Oscar nominee Common. KCRW’s Jason Bentley and DJ Syrena will handle the turntables. “This year’s event will be especially celebratory, as the Hollywood community will join us at the fête to help launch our next phase of development – Global Green USA 2.0 – a new and exciting initiative to scale our national and global impact exponentially to fight climate change by making our cities greener and more resilient,” says Les McCabe, president and CEO of Global Green USA.
Diane Von Furstenberg, Hilary Swank and Anne Sweeney Private residence, Beverly Hills
The trio are teaming to celebrate this year’s crop of female Oscar nominees at a chic afternoon event at Furstenberg’s spacious estate.
Oxfam Benefit Dinner Hosted by Barneys New York and Rooney Mara Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The organization, which works to combat worldwide poverty and injustices, is the focus of this Vanity Fair event.
Thursday, Feb. 19
Hollywood Domino Pre-Oscar Charity Gala Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Nominee Patricia Arquette is one of the many hosts for this year’s annual bash, which will feature a special performance by Pirulo y la Tribu.
10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards Bad Robot, 1666 Euclid St., Santa Monica The Late Show successor Stephen Colbert will receive the Oscar Wilde Award at this event created by the nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance to recognize the contributions of Irish in film and TV. Also tapped for honors are Carrie Fisher and artist Colin Davidson. Abrams will present to Colbert, Stephen Fry to Fisher and Garrett Kelleher to Davidson. Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O'Neill will perform.
2nd Annual Red Carpet Green Dress Pre-Oscar Celebration
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Suzy Amis Cameron’s eco-fashion campaign will celebrate sustainable fashion with an annual fete complete with revelers including James Cameron, will.i.am, Kellan Lutz, Jason Lewis, Missi Pyle and Gina Rodriguez, who will wear a sustainable creation on Oscar night. Also in attendance? American Sniper star Jake McDorman who will wear the campaign's tuxedo.
Vanity Fair and Chrysler Toast Richard Linklater and Boyhood Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
The mag handpicked the director and his awards standout film for a special event, which benefits the Austin Film Society.
Canadians 2nd Annual Pre-Oscar Party Four Seasons, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles
Hosted by Eric McCormack, Hollywood stars from the land of the Mounties like Oscar-nominated Dean DeBlois, Norman Jewison, A.J. Cook, Rachel Lefevre, Anna Silk, Jason Priestley and Karine Vanasse will be on hand to toast Toronto Film Festival CEO Piers Handling as he receives a legacy award. Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles James Villeneuve, Telefilm Canada's Carolle Brabant and Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television topper Helga Stephenson are throwing the pre-Oscars Canadian talent bash.
Friday, Feb. 20
Women in Film Pre-Oscar Party Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, 8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
The organization always draws a healthy crowd of boldfaced names and industry vets. Oscar winner and WIF President Cathy Schulman and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (a performer at the 2015 Oscarcast) will host the event, sponsored by MaxMara, BMW, Tiffany & Co., M•A•C Cosmetics and Perrier-Jouët.
The GREAT British Film Reception The London Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
British Consul General to Los Angeles Chris O’Connor OBE hosts the bash, which happens during a big year for Brits thanks to Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Milk Studios, 855 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles
The superstar designer brings his fashion show to L.A. for the first time, capitalizing on all the star power in town for Hollywood’s golden weekend. Expect to see lots of A-listers and plenty of reps from CAA, which reps Ford.
CAA Private residence, Beverly Hills
The agency hosts an A-list event to celebrate it’s standout crop of Oscar nominees.
UTA Private residence, Beverly Hills
Chairman Jim Berkus opens the doors of his new home for an annual fete that is always a big draw as the weekend kicks off. Celebrity DJ Michelle Pesce, hot off her return from the official Grammys after party, returns to handle the turntables.
Vanity Fair D.J. Night with L’Oreal Paris 10AK, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Pitch woman Freida Pinto hosts the hip dance party that will feature a DJ set by Taryn Manning.
WME Private residence, Brentwood
The agency hosts a hot-ticket bash for the rep-set to fete clients, colleagues and friends.
Alfa Romeo Luncheon Polsky residence, Beverly Hills
Vanity Fair, Romeo, filmmaker Alan Polsky and restaurateur John Terzian host this luncheon, which will feature Alfa Romeo's 4C and benefit Girl Rising.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Motion Picture & Television Fund's The Night Before Party Fox Lot, 10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Benefiting the MPTF, the A-list event — the biggest draw for the town’s top movie stars and major execs — is sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Dodge, L’Oreal, Relativity Media, Target and The Hollywood Reporter. The 2015 event moves to the lot following more than a decade at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Weinstein Co. Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
Harvey and friends will gather for the company's annual night-before dinner party. Expect to see nominated director Morten Tyldum and his Imitation Game crew celebrating the film's eight nominations. Sponsors include DeLeón Tequila, FIJI Water, MAC Cosmetics and Heineken.
Sugar, Warren Zavala and Doug Wald’s annual party Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Many of the town’s top industry insiders are expected to attend this Grey Goose-sponsored fete.
30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica Beach, 2030 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell host the lively awards ceremony under a giant white tent on the beach. Expect to see presenters including Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Jared Leto, Kerry Washington and more. FIJI Water returns as one of the sponsors.
Giorgio Armani with Roberta Armani & Cate Blanchett 436 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
The invite only event offers a fabulous respite during a busy weekend — an intimate toast to the Oscars with Armani and Oscar winner Blanchett.
Sony Pictures Classics The Supper Suite by STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood Michael Barker and Tom Bernard host a dinner party (sponsored by Ketel One and the new K900 KIA) for its healthy crop of nominees including Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Bennett Miller and the Whiplash crew at the ONE Group's STK as part of A-List Communication's Supper Suite culinary platform events.
Charles Finch and Chanel's 7th Annual Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner Madeo, 8897 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
This invite only affair promises to be an A-list extravaganza: Keira Knightley, James Righton, Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Jessica Chastain, January Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Lily Allen, Lily Collins and Chris Pine are all expected, among others.
Fifth Annual UCLA TFT Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel and Oscar Celebration UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, Los Angeles
Current Academy Award nominees Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice), Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner) and Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent), as well as Ruth E. Carter (Selma), Kari Perkins (Boyhood) and Albert Wolsky (Birdman) are the featured panelists at the Swarovski-sponsored event.
Gold Meets Golden Equinox Sports Club, 1835 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Nicole Kidman, Matt Bomer, Laura Dern, Gina Rodriguez and Eddie Redmayne have RSVP’d for this annual event, which supports U.S. Olympic teams and athletes in celebration of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in L.A. July 25-Aug. 2.
Sunday, Feb. 22
The 87th Oscars and Governors Ball Dolby Theatre, Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Following the last award of the night, 1,500 guests will make their way inside the official after party, which will feature more than 2,000 select images from the Academy’s photo archives with a nod to Old Hollywood. Wolfgang Puck (in partnership with Matt Bencivenga of Wolfgang Puck Catering) oversees the menu including spicy tuna tartare, chicken potpie, lobster “BLT” with bacon and potato latkes with smoked salmon. Classy beverages will be provided by Piper-Heidsieck and Sterling Wines.