Go for GOLD

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OSCAR SPECIAL - By GOR­DOn KHO en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

WHen I was in Los angeles for an as­sign­ment early last month, it was the start of the awards sea­son. Celebri­ties (from a- to d-lis­ters) were in town to at­tend the Golden Globes awards as well as the af­ter par­ties – all held at the Beverly Hil­ton Ho­tel.

The at­mos­phere around Beverly Hills, where I put up, was ex­cit­ing. Bou­tiques along robertson Boule­vard and depar­ment stores like Bloom­ing­dale’s had in their win­dow dis­plays suits for men and glam­orous gowns for women to en­tice cus­tomers lucky enough to score in­vites to one of the five af­ter par­ties.

If you didn’t have the right con­nec­tion but had deep pock­ets, you were in luck be­cause in­vites to the Har­vey We­in­stein party were for sale.

“US$5,000 (rM16,000) per ticket!” the concierge at the ho­tel in­formed me just in case I was in­ter­ested. I told him I was al­ready on the list for nBC/ Uni­ver­sal’s af­ter party.

“Is this your first time to an awards show party? You’ll love it. Celebri­ties every­where you turn. and this is only the Golden Globes. Wait till the Os­cars come around,” he en­thused.

He’s right. The Os­cars are the grande dame of all award shows in Hol­ly­wood. The big­gest stars at­tend it; the best dresses and di­a­monds are re­served for the Os­car red car­pet; the most lav­ish par­ties are thrown to fete those in film­mak­ing (the most soughtafter ticket is to the Van­ity Fair party).

Word has it that Prs for ma­jor fash­ion la­bels beg and bribe stylists, while de­sign­ers wine and dine a-list ac­tresses so their out­fit gets picked for the red car­pet.

noth­ing’s spared when it comes to the Os­cars.

Which is why we are go­ing big for the academy awards this year. For once, the whole of

Star2 is ded­i­cated to all things Os­cars. From movie stars and mu­sic to fash­ion and for­eign films, here’s Star2’ s com­pre­hen­sive guide to the 86th academy awards.

The Os­cars will be held in Los Angeles on March 2.

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