Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oscar Wilding

Partying like an A-lister doesn't require an Academy membership

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All the stars are descending on our fair city this weekend, but you don’t have to take home a gold statue to have the best Oscars night in town.
 
Skip the egos at the Governor’s Ball (and the traffic at Hollywood and Highland) with booze, food, and absolutely no award-season politics.   
 
In the category of Best Viewing Party, the nominees are...
 
Above the Line: L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
You may not get a $55,000 gift bag like the Oscar attendees, but you can still drink the way the stars do. Thiénot, the official champagne of this year’s ceremony, is throwing their own viewing bash complete with hors d’oeuvres, champagne cocktails, and big-ticket raffle prizes. Spring for VIP access and you’ll ditch the lines in favor of secured seating and unbeatable views, just like the stars get.
4p. 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills (310-854-0180) $44-82 here.
 
Old Hollywood: Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater
Prizes will be handed out to the partygoers with the best movie-themed getups at this red carpet event. Which means you should probably start nailing down your Bradley Cooper-esque curls or Her-style high-waisted pants. Once you’ve picked up your best-dressed award, catch the main attraction like you’ve never seen it before — projected on the Million Dollar Theater’s gigantic screen.
4p. 307 S. Broadway, Downtown (213-999-5067) $20 here.
 
Wrap Party: Warren’s Blackboard
If period costumes and black tie attire aren’t quite your style, opt for NoHo’s low-key, gourmet event. Acceptance speeches aren’t required when you order the “Best Picturetini” but you still may feel the urge to tell the bartender what you think about his creations. (You’ll like them. You’ll really like them.) Follow that with bites like mushroom, bacon, and asparagus popovers or roasted bone marrow, and you’ll spend the rest of the night feeling like a winner.
5p. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood (818-255-7290)

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