HOLLYWOOD—Everyone will be tuning in to watch the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on February 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Voting is now closed for members of the Academy. I will not look into my crystal ball for the winners, but something tells me that the golden man for Best Original Song will probably go to Lady Gaga for “Shallow,” from the film “A Star Is Born.”
She will be performing “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper, which has taken the world by storm since its release. Gaga, 32, has recently split from her fiancé Christian Carino. She sparked speculation that the wedding was off, when she appeared at the Grammy Awards February 10 without her engagement ring. He didn’t accompany the star to the ceremony, however, he was by her side for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. They didn’t share Valentine’s Day, which was another major hint that their relationship was over.
Gaga will have plenty of parties to attend, if she desires, the Pre-Oscars parties began on February 19. Let’s look at some of the parties that are being held; The Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Gala, hosted by Diane Meyer Simon will be held at the Four Seasons. The 2019 Beauty Innovators Dinner is also held on February 20. Variety and Giorgio Armani Beauty celebrate makeup artists Nick Barose, Molly Greenwald, Beau Nelson and Patrick Ta with presenters Constance Wu, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Olivia Munn will be held at Sunset Tower. Morgan Stanley will present the 10th annual affair honoring Amandla Stenberg and Regina King at the Beverly Wilshire.
On February 21, the Black Women in Hollywood Awards, with honorees Kiki Layne, Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Jenifer Lewis will be held at the Beverly Wilshire at 11 a.m. The Icon Mann’s Power 150 Dinner, honoring Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Ruth E. Carter will be held at the Waldorf Astoria at 6 p.m. The 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala at the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability honors Barbara Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the Jeanne and Tony Pritzker estate at 6.45 p.m. The Oscar Wilde Awards will honor Glenn Close, Chris O’ Dowd and Aidan Gillen at the Bad Robot at 7:30 p.m. The 91st Academy Awards official automotive sponsor hosts its annual soiree at the Chateau Marmont, at 8 p.m.
The following day, February 22, the ICG Publicists Guild Awards will honor Jamie Lee Curtis, Jon M. Chu and Greg Berlanti at the Beverly Hilton at 11 a.m. Vanity Fair and Genesis “Bohemian Rhapsody” Party will have a celebration of the Freddie Mercury and Queen Biopic at Cecconi’s. Could this mean, they think Rami Malek will win Lead Actor in a Motion Picture for “Bohemian Rhapsody?”
On February 23, the IFC Films Spirit Awards After Party will be held at 41 Ocean Club, in Santa Monica at 4 p.m. The Sony Picture Classics Dinner with co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard celebrate their nominees at STK LA, at 7:30 p.m. The Charles Finch and Chanel’s Pre-Oscar Dinner will move to the Polo Lounge, after a decade at Madeo’s. The event takes place at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 7:30 p.m.
On Oscar day, February 24, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party will be hosted by Elton John and David Furnish. The Killers will perform and DJ Johnny Dynell will provide the tunes for late-night dancing at West Hollywood Park, 3:30 p.m. The Roger Neal Oscar Party, the 600 guests enjoy a viewing and after-party at the Hollywood Palladium, 1 p.m. The Mercedes-Benz USA Oscar Viewing Party, guests include Tracee Ellis Ross, Billy Eichner, Chrissy Metz and more at the Four Seasons from 4-9 p.m.
Here come the big ones, The Governors Ball, where the winners get their statuettes engraved. Menu by Wolfgang Puck with Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Francis Ford Coppola Winery wines. Tequila Don Julio cocktails and flowers by Mark’s Garden. Ray Dolby Ballroom, immediately following the Oscar ceremony. A must for winners, the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, and those lucky enough to get invited at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Madonna’s Oscar Party, it’s the 12th anniversary for the queen of pop, no press allowed, usually held at Guy Oseary’s house. Jay-Z’s Gold Party, the music mogul after-party is back after making its debut last year. Menu by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and Jay-Z’s own Champagne Armand de Brignac is the evening’s official bubbly at the Chateau Marmont.
Rose’s Scoop: Wishing all the nominees at the 91st Academy Awards, the best of luck. Remember to keep politics out of the acceptance speech and say something from the heart.