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A more real Oscar weekA more real Oscar week



The feature presentations and the winners

Savvy event and publicity veteran Doris Bergman and entertainment reporter extraordinaire Anita Talbert joined forced to get a jump on events leading up to the big day. Their feat was executing a most civilized suite at West Hollywood restaurant La Bohème, where they showed just how much they loved the Hollywood community and the press keeping them in the spotlight. And show their love many bona fide talent did, including Melanie Griffith, William Shatner, Kathy Najimy, Eric Roberts, Sofia Milos, Hector Elizondo, Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives), Casper and Catherine Oxenberg van Dien, Corey Feldman, Elizabeth Rohm and Rumer Willis (this year’s Miss Golden Globe, picking up goodies for Demi and Ashton).
   The discerning Talbert and Bergman were as selective about the products on hand as they were the people (yes, no reality television denizens to be found), as they were determined to keep every aspect of their event top-drawer. The people behind the products (many of them things we’ve loved over the years) were true stars in every sense of the word. They took great time and care to answer questions about the wares and be sure everything worked and fit as they should. We—and every woman in the place—adored the chic Capelta Couture boot collection. Also there to make the ladies feel all the more special were vintage-y handbags from Clara Kasavina and stylish jewellery from Liz Alpert and Colette. We were also were thrilled to see Kama Sutra’s sensuous staples, Seacret Skin Care from Israel, Hai hair appliances and Laurie Coleman’s Blo-and-Go to provide an extra hand when getting dressed and dolled up. Our fitness needs were met, thanks to ingenious athletic shoes by Ryn and eco-active wear by Green Apple. Men had Tom James to thank for making them feel special, via custom tailored pieces offered for the big night. Chocolates from Mignon, meanwhile, were A-list in our book.
   Based on the buzz going back and forth in the La Bohème parking lot, with everybody raving about the suite and everything in it, Berg and Talbert take top honours for their creative achievement.
   GBK, however, was not to be ignored. Adhering to their annual tradition of being one of the most important pre-Oscar stops around Hollywood, they took over this year’s hip hotel du jour (the SLS, naturally). However, Gavin Keilly, publicist Lisa Jammal and boutique design company Freshwata took the production under the Big Top for a Circus of the Senses that lived up to its theme. Each room and the various sponsors were organized based on themes dictated by the Best Picture nominees. There were many acts in the beauty arena that dazzled us, including Metropolis hair tools, Rolling Razors, Nordic Naturals, Mistura Beauty pressed powder, Pur-Lisse, Eminence Organics’ yummy skin care and RevitaLash. If you were a nominee or a presenter, you would get the “the complete package”—spa escapes from Indulgent Escapes and Six Senses Destination properties. Fabulous timepieces from Croton and Milus were available to help celebs (or their assistants) keep track of their busy schedule, while timely wardrobe additions were offered by Barbara Conner Jewelry, Emre New York Handbags, Dara Ettinger and StyleShop USA.
   We also were particularly impressed with the clever Thinker Clothing line, which has gotten onto the fast track of cool via the popular American sitcom Big Bang Theory. Leyla, meanwhile, was so inspired by Amazon Thunder’s delicious, nutritious Acai powder and puree that she spun it into cookies that in their own right generated a big buzz theory on how something so tasty could be so good for you. Our A-list recipe can be found below! Charities benefiting from the event included Hollywood Dreamz, Fuqua Films, Homeless Not Toothless and the World Team Foundation.
   Debbie Durkin joined forces with trendy 944 magazine for a suite that proved less is more. Though the suite was more intimate than her past Oscar outings, it was filled with great people and their equally great ideas. It was nice to have the opportunity to spend quality time with the artists from the Loft at Liz’s Gallery, Pol’ Atteu (the colourful fave designer of the late Anna Nicole Smith), Me to We Responsible Style, My Charmed Pet, Shel Rae Jewelry Designs, Carrie Wiatt's delicious Diet Designs cuisine, wonderful customized organic make-up from KROMA and Mariah Nicole, Shoes by Cecelia Bythewood, Unite’s superb hair essentials, Elimis Spa skin care and the Green Garmento (which we think will change the future of dry cleaning and clothing storage—seriously!). This gathering was particularly pet-friendly, as awareness was raised for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA). Those dialled in at 944’s lobby included Steph Green, producer of Oscar-nominated The Wrestler Scott Franklin, Sterling Beaumon (Lost), Rachelle Carson Begley (Living with Ed), Monica Ford (Obsessed), Kathy Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Rex Lee (Entourage), Gretchen Ross (The Real Housewives of Orange County), Cedric Sanders (American Gangster), Slade Smiley (Date My Ex: Jo & Slade), Amber Stevens (Fired Up), Isabella Thorne (My Own Worst Enemy), Shaun Toub (Iron Man) and Robert Townsend.
   Stacy Broff, Kim Shimmel and their annual Alive Suite, headlined by celebrity hair stylist Jonathan Antin, basically focused on everything that was good for celebrities and the rest of the planet. It was a garden of earthly delights, including UniversalStone Sweetie’s Sugar Scrubs, NettieScrub, balms and scrubs, Zrii nutritional drink, Explorer’s Bounty coffees and snacks, Zico cocoanut water, Rainforest Native, North American Herb and Spice, and Lipstick Bailbonds (as the world can be a scary place, even in our backyard). Non-guests—children at risk—also benefited thanks to special appearances by Dreams Can Come True (
   And finally, what would Academy Awards week be without shoe artiste Stewart Weitzman stopping by to wish his fans the best of luck? Though the times dictated that he hold off on the annual traditions of his lavish pre-Oscar dinner and the unveiling of million dollar shoes, Weitzman brought his newest collection of instant-classic, red carpet ready stilettos and pumps. He also commissioned plenty of chocolate and treats to cap off pre-Oscar festivities on a sweet note. •


Elyse Glickman is US West Coast Editor of Lucire.


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Main photograph: Melanie Griffith and Hector Elizondo. Above, from top: Rumer Willis. Eric Roberts and Tia Carrere. Marissa Lefton and Michael Welch. Corey Feldman. Glynn Turman. Elizabeth and William Shatner. Sofia Milos.

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