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Oscars 2011: Many Must-Attend Parties Tonight

Not that you can possibly attend all of them

By Jeffrey Jolson and Gayl Murphy

February 27, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/27/11 – You better have a fast limo to hit even a few of the Oscar-night after parties. Oh, and it needs to fly to get through the traffic and valet lines.

First stop is the official Governor’s Ball, an important event if you want to be nominated again as it shows respect to the Academy. At least the multi-million dollar party is close – right upstairs from the Kodak Oscar venue.

Wolfgang Puck has catered the Governors Ball, a celebration immediately following the Academy Awards, for the past 17 years. With 1,500 winners, nominees, presenters and participants as their diners, the pressure is on Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga to deliver an A-list meal.

This year’s menu includes Latin-inspired flavors such as taro root tacos and classic Spanish paella, as well of some of his signatures like the smoked salmon Oscars and lauded pastry chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars. Here’s a peek at what the celebs will be feasting on after their big night.

Next on your list — if you are on the list — should be two perennials the Vanity Fair Party and Elton John’s benefit for his AIDS foundation.

Vanity Fair is at the Sunset Towers in West Hollywood this year and is always one of the hottest tickets of the Oscar parties. We have seen fairly big movie stars turned away and there is always layers of security. If you are not invited, you better be carrying an Academy Award statue.

Sir Elton hosts his viewing party-only, no longer competing with all the post-Oscar parties. Still a large percentage of the Hollywood stars not at the ceremony is there, and the pricey tables earn millions for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Madonna and Demi Moore would be star-power enough for any soiree, but this year they are hosting a party. It will be a sort-of after-after party up at Madonna’s longtime associate Guy Oseary’s house in Coldwater Canyon at about midnight.

Fox Searchlight is at club My House in Hollywood, and why not? They have sure-winner Natalie Portman form their film Black Swan and 127 Hours star and Oscar-co-host James Franco.

Dani Janssen is hosting her intimate yet star-studded party at her posh Century City condo. Guests can include Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Penny Marshall, Quincy Jones, Mariah Carey, Al Pacino and Whoopi Goldberg.

There is a gaggle of hot viewing parties besides Elton’s. Instyle magazine is hosting one as is Norby Walters with his annual “Night of a 100 Stars” at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s always good food and fun.

CSB and Jon Lovitz are hosting a viewer at the Comedy Store Universal and APLA will throw one at the Abbey in West Hollywood.

This is meant as a guide to invitees, and unless you are Brad and Angelina or carrying a (real) Oscar, do not go. If you are thinking of crashing, these events spend a fortune on private security, and even the LAPD and West Hollywood Sheriffs block streets to those without invites.