The Oscars are nearly upon us, and the only thing as anticipated at the Academy Awards big night are the parties and gifting suites that surround it.
Wednesday March 23rd kicks off with:
Pre-Oscars Event Celebrating South Asian Excellence
UTA, 9336 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, 5-8 p.m.
UTA, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Johnnie Walker, South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund of the India Center and the Juggernaut are sponsoring this gathering to toast South Asian excellence on film. Hosts include Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Anjula Acharia, Bela Bajaria, Maneesh K. Goya and Shruti Ganguly. Honorary guests to include Riz Ahmed and Suroosh Alvi (Flee); Pawo Choyning Dorji (Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom); Joseph Patel (Summer of Soul); Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia (The Long Goodbye); Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei (Three Songs for Benazir); and Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh and Anurima Bhargava (Writing with Fire).
Uptown Honors Hollywood
Sunset Room Hollywood, 1439 N. Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
A reception and dinner presented by Lexus and designed to celebrate Black love, offscreen and on, by highlighting the evolution of Black stories. Hosted by Chris and Vanessa Spencer.
Thursday, March 24:
Essence 15th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards
Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The magazine returns to Oscar week by hosting its event that shines a spotlight on “the extraordinary achievements of the industry’s most inspiring Black women who are helping diverse Black stories to be told.” This year’s event is billed as “The Black Cinematic Universe” and will honor Nia Long, King RichardOscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis, Abbott Elementary breakout Quinta Brunson and A Journal for Jordan star Chanté Adams. Essence has tapped Snowfall star Damson Idris to host the event, which will air as a virtual experience on March 28 on Essence.com and EssenceStudios.com. Disney’s Onyx Collective and Warner Bros Television Group are sponsoring.
Taste the Future
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Dr., 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Uma Thurman, Liam Payne, Paul Wesley, Questlove, Christian Angermayer and Sean O’Sullivan are co-hosting the luncheon which will celebrate the future of food. SOSV and Apeiron Investment Group present the event which will feature a menu by Matthew Kenney using products created by the industry’s “most innovative food-tech companies.”
Vanity Fair and Lancome Celebrate the Future of Hollywood
Mother Wolf, 1545 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles
The mag teams with the beauty brand, back for a ninth year as exclusive beautify partner for Campaign Hollywood, for a soiree that has sights set on the future. Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones teams with The Dropoutstar Amanda Seyfried to co-host the bash, held at one of L.A.’s hottest and most exclusive new restaurants in the heart of Hollywood. Tequila Don Julio is back for a second consecutive year to handle curated specialty pours.
W’s Best Performances
Gigi’s, 904 N. Sycamore, Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
W’s editor-in-chief Sara Moonves, longtime staffer Lynn Hirschberg and Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiére are teaming to host the mag’s annual awards event, postponed this year from a pre-Golden Globes soiree to Oscar week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The themed issue shined a spotlight on 35 actors for their head-turning performances including notable names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kirsten Dunst, Ruth Negga, Alana Haim, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Andrew Garfield, Tessa Thompson, Jared Leto, Simon Rex, Renate Reinsve and many more.
The 4th Annual MACRO Pre-Oscar Party
SoFi Stadium, 1001 Stadium Dr., Inglewood, 9 p.m.
Charles and Stacey Walker King return to host a 4th annual outing during the lead-up to the Oscars. But this year, they’re moving the party to Inglewood’s new(ish) $5 billion crown jewel, bringing superstar DJ D-Nice along to orchestrate the vibes. Starry guest list expected. Presented by Chase Sapphire.
The Latinx House Pre-Awards Celebration
Issima in West Hollywood, 623 North La Peer Dr., West Hollywood, 12 p.m.
The Latinx House hosts a pre-awards lunch with diverse industry creatives, advocates and community members to toast representation across this year’s nominees.
Oscar Week: International Feature Film
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by international feature film award executive committee co-chairs Susanne Bier and Rajendra Roy, the evening will feature clips from each nominated film, as well as a panel discussion with directors (schedules permitting). You can find the live stream here.
Friday, March 25:
Secret Room Events Pre-Red Carpet Style Lounge
SLS HOTEL Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Invite-only gifting lounge featuring gift bags with more than 60 items and more than 40 in-person sponsors from luxury shoes and skincare to Botox and fillers being administered onsite. A gift bag with celebrity autographs will later be auctioned to support Ukraine refugees, who will also be supported with an on-site donations program.
DPA Gifting Suite
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, March 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Nathalie Dubois and DPA are back on the big awards weekend with a suite featuring brand partners in the garden and five suites at the hotel. Swiss Nescens will recreate a private spa, with skin analysis and facials; Kenyatta International Convention Centre will host a Kenyan safari lounge; and other partners include Topo Chico, Luxie Beauty, Buttery Popcorn, My Bougie Bottle, Chipz Happen, Connect with Keao, Helen Ficalora Jewelry, Sparti Scents, Hearthstone Collective, Annick Levesque, Mantra Mask, Manna Kadar Cosmetics, Fazup, Alkazone, Maine Island Soap, Reach Out Recovery, ASEA, Art Botanica, Dermaclara, Beach Sandy, and one of DPA’s favorites Peaches Skincare. Select guests will receive trips to Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts in French Polynesia or Soori Bali Hotel. The Ukrainian Creative Coalition of Hollywood will host a fundraiser in-suite to spread awareness about the conflict and rally support.
ECO LUXE Luxury Lounge
Wilshire Garden, Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The 16th annual event will feature a menu curated by the Hilton’s head chef and a live stream TV special with KNEKT TV. Confirmed brands include Palm Springs hotel A Place in the Sun, Prince Caviar, RevealU Skincare, psychic medium Louise Jones, UpGrade Labs, Better Than Sex (a desserts restaurant), Raised in L.A. Street Art, Dena Burton Collections, Hales Parker Dentistry, charity partner Wagmor Pets, Organic Spa Magazine, Deux Marie Cosmetics and more.
eBay & GBK Brand Bar Luxury Lounge
Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, March 25-26
GBK Brand Bar is back to celebrate Academy Awards week with an exclusive, invite-only lounge. GBK CEO Gavin Keilly will welcome nominees, presenters and guests along with other VIPs from all of awards season from the Grammys to the Oscars as it’s their first lounge of the year. As part of the experience, eBay will gift luxury goods available on the platform from top-tier brands like Oris, Montblanc, Tag Heuer, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta as authenticated through eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service. Funds raised will benefit American Red Cross for Ukraine.
Essence Hollywood House
Private location, Los Angeles
The third annual gathering will feature thought leaders, industry stakeholders and members of the creative community including actors, directors, writers, showrunners, studio heads and others. They will lead a curated schedule of interactive conversations, virtual panels, masterclasses, fireside chats and more that will be featured on Essence.com and EssenceStudios.com on March 29. Disney’s Onyx Collective and Warner Bros Television Group are also sponsoring this Essence event as well.
Women in Film
Bar Lis at Thompson Hollywood
The organization returns to the Oscar week events calendar with an event co-hosted by WIF board president emeritus Cathy Schulman and Oscar winner H.E.R. The cocktail party is presented by sponsors Max Mara, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty and Heineken, with additional support from Major Partners IMDbPro and Tequila Don Julio.
San Vicente Bungalows, 845 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
The powerhouse agency hosts a private event for guests and VIPs to toast nominated clients include Denis Villeneuve, Will Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Beyoncé, Ariana DeBose, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Garfield, Ciaran Hinds, Aneil Karia and Jessie Buckley.
Saturday, March 26:
Giorgio Armani, 436 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 5-8 p.m.
Roberta Armani hosts a celebration for friend of the brand Nicole Kidman in honor of her Oscar-nominated turn in Being the Ricardos at the newly designed boutique.
Charles Finch & Chanel
Private event, Los Angeles
Annual pre-Oscars dinner and event featuring well-dressed VIPs and friends of the luxury house.