7 Fun Facts About The 88th OSCARS Governors Ball
A Sneak Peek inside the Governors Ball
1. The Creative Team
Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions are celebrating their 27th year producing the Academy Awards Oscars Governors Ball. Cecchetto and Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland wanted to recreate an old Hollywood look reminescent of Sardi's and the Brown Derby. The colors are soft pinks, white and gold with portraits of some of the Academy's icons on the walls.
They hired the cream of the crop in the hospitality world to help put this party together - Master Chef Wolfgang Puck, Mark Held from Mark's Gardens, Sterling Vineyards, and Marc Friedland.
A multitude of talented artists and illustrators have drawn 170 caricatures of past and present filmmaking icons, including many that are in this year's Oscar-nominated films to decorate the walls.
The artists, cartoonists and illustrators include Alan Villanueva, Gina DeDomenico Flanagan, Oksana Nedavniaya, Christian Cordella, Aasha Ramdeen, Robin Richesson, Brian Valenzuela, Phillip Boutte Jr. and Constantine Sekeris.
Some of the framed whimisical drawings celebrating art, filmmaking and artists are the talented Maggie Smith, Richard Pryor, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Mancini, Whoopi Goldberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, and Angela Bassett.
Be sure to watch on ABC Sunday, February 28 at 4 p.m.
And the Winner is........
2. The Iconic Envelope
Since 2011, Marc Friedland Couture Communications designs the envelopes and announcement awards "And the Oscar goes to....."
He is very excited to continue his relationship with the Academy to produce high quality award cards to the winners for the 88th Academy Awards.
The high-gloss metallic paper envelope is treated with an "Oscar" gold. Inside is a red-lacquered lining with an Oscar statuette hand-stamped in satin gold leaf.
This special envelope is a piece of art and worthy of saving next to the Oscar statuette.
Cocktails to Enjoy While Watching the Oscars
3. Haig Club Cocktails
David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller developed a single grain Scotch Whisky named HAIG Club.Globally acclaimed mixologist Charles Joly created three cocktails for the Governors Ball made with this whisky.
The first cocktail is a bright and refreshing Lowlands Highball made with HAIG CLUB offering hints of mild flowers and light bitter notes. It's served in a Collins glass with Port-Pomegranate ice cubes.
The Demure & Dashing is made with spiced honey syrup and rough cut ice chunks before being poured into an Old Fashioned glass.
The last cocktail is served in a Golden Egg. The Golden Goose Fizz is inspired by the Ramos Gin Fizz with a fruit tart component. It's spectacular.
Florist Mark Held - Mark's Garden
4. Flowers by Mark's Garden
Working closely with Ball Chairman Jeffrey Kurland and Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions is "Florist to the stars," - Mark Held.
He is creating stylized floral arrangements in crisp white flowers. Thousands of flowers are flown in from Holland, South America and Mexico with at least 10,000 blooms including calla lilies, fragrant gardenias (used for the first time at the Ball), Japanese ranunculus, phalaenopsis orchids and succulents.
A staff off 35 people will help design and install all of the flowers. They will give each server a dusty pink carnation to wear in their lapel.
Mark's Garden is celebrating 22 years as part of the Academy Awards. The florist is located in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Winemaker Mari Coyle of Sterling Vineyards, Napa
5. Sterling Vineyards Wines
This is the 10th year that Sterling Vineyards is the exclusive wine for the Oscars. Located in the bucolic Napa area, Senior winemaker Harry Hansen and winemaker Mari Coyle are excited to serve Sterling Vineyard's Limited Edition Gold Standard Reserve and Sterling Vineyards Limited Edition Red Carpet Reserve.
They will also be serving their premium Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon into 13,480 glasses.
Over 2,300 Sterling Vineyards Wines will be served and paired with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck's exceptional cuisine. There will be enough corks laid end to end to run the lengt of the red carpet on Oscar night.
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6. Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut
Over 2,400 bottles of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne at the Governors Ball. In elegant flutes, the bubbly is clear and golden with delicate and fine bubbles. Nominees and guests can sip three different bottles served - The Piper-Heidsieck Prestige Curvee Rare 2002, The Piper-Heidsieck Prestige Cuvee Rare 1998 in magnum, and Piper-Heidsieck Prestige Cuvee Rare 1988.
The champagne offers fresh fruit dominates with pear and apple notes and hints of star fruit. It also pairs beautifully with Wolfgang Puck's appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck
7. Master Chef Wolfgang Puck
On February 28 in Hollywood at a party room next to the Dolby Theater, 1,500 nominees and guests will be served delectables from Wolfgang Puck's catering team. Team members include chefs Jacqueline Kelly, Ben Hong, Michael Pennick, Alan Latourelle, Connor Shanahan and Pastry chefs Kamel Guechida, Tyler Atwell, Della Gossett and Jason Lemonnier.
The local, organic and sustainable menu begins with decadent appetizers and ends with spectacular desserts. There will be 325 culinary staff members and 950 service and support staff will stroll around with trays of hors d'oeuvres and the sit down meal.
The team will wood fire 6,500 Oscar shaped flat bread, 3000 homemade bread sticks, and 7,500 individual U.S. shrimp. 300 Maine lobsters and 10 kilos caviar will be served.
The pastry chefs are making 7,000 mini chocolate Oscars.