The Oscars are Coming! The Oscars are Coming!

February 20th, 2015


Being in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards is a fun experience.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Oscars ceremony a few years ago when I worked in the White House. It was the best experience I had, and I enjoyed some truly awesome events in that position including attending the Kennedy Center Honors, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the Emmy Awards.

While those are great events, nothing can top the Oscars.

I can only describe that evening as magical.  I was fortunate enough to attend with a group that included the late great Jack Valenti, the former president of the Motion Pictures Academy, who was then working as a lobbyist for the organization and was our contact for the event.

Fast forward to today.  I’m now married to a Hollywood icon, so I’m privileged to be able to partake in the Oscar festivities going on this weekend.

Today, we’ll be going to an Oscar gift suite, and tomorrow night we’ll attend the Vanity Fair party.  It’s regarded as THE party and over the years has become a key part of the entire Oscar experience.

Attending any Oscar related event involves preparation.  I’m beginning that process with a lunch at Spago with Monica Samuels, the other half of  Red Girls Salon.  I’ve already sought her advice on what to wear.  At first I think she was a little surprised by this since I’m usually only asking her opinion about things I’m writing and whether or not it will cause any problems.  Usually she says “yes” and I do it anyway.  So needless to say no matter what she says today, she’ll probably be quite surprised by what I end up wearing.

Dressing for the event is huge.  It’s not even just the dress.  You have the bag, the shoes, and the makeup.  It’s truly exhausting. Usually I don’t put a lot of thought into this kind of thing, but hey, it’s the Vanity Fair Oscars party.  You want to look your best.

I don’t like long dresses so most likely that’s out.  I do like boots and berets.  Wonder if I can pull that look off.

Currently, my top choice is a mason dress by American designer, Michelle Mason.  It’s simple and short, and I love it! No matter what I wear it will definitely be American made.

I’m also debating whether to follow a theme to coincide with this year’s nominated films.  That might be tougher to achieve. Boyhood might be a little boring.  The Imitation Game would need to be something vintage.  The Grand Budapest Hotel?  Well, I’d definitely stand out.  Same with Birdman.  I love American Sniper, but I’m not sure how that works for an event like this. And how do you dress for Whiplash?

You’ll just have to wait and see what I come up with. Even I’m not sure yet.

The event itself is interesting because they don’t just let anyone in.  The pass for the car and the party look like a White House pass. It’s in heavy plastic casing and looks like something you’d use to get into Fort Knox.  There is definitely some serious security to get into the big soiree.

I’ll be watching the Oscar ceremony from home and tweeting my report as it happens, so definitely tune in for that.  Personally, I’ll be cheering for American Sniper, so if you detect some bias in my reporting, you’ll be right!  Afterwards, I leave for the party, and I’ll share the inside scoop.

Lately, I’m asked a lot whether I prefer New York or LA.  Let’s just say on a night when New York is freezing and blanketed with snow while it’s beautiful in LA with all eyes on who will win the golden statuette, I’d have to give Los Angeles the nod. So this is at least one day in LA’s favor.

I can’t wait to share all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with all my extended friends.

It’s sure to be quite a show!

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