82nd Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview
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Curves and comfort food are the theme of this year's annual post-Oscar bash, the Governors Ball. The look for the night is "Streamline Moderne" with designs inspired by the 1930s, featuring soft architectural curves, says the event's producer Cheryl Cecchetto.
"Art Deco doesn't speak to me because it ends, it turns, it's harsh, but Streamline Moderne always did. So I went back to the 30s and I did my homework and I thought, 'Oh my God, wouldn't it be great to incorporate nothing but curves in a ball room,'" said Cecchetto.
Fitting to this weekend's weather, she and Governors Ball Chair Jeffrey Kurland chose a "moody" color palette of muted amethysts and coppers.
"He loved the coppers, I loved the amethysts, we both described the colors as being moody and very sexy, and so we put our colors together and ended up with a palette of coppers and mattes and amethysts and fabulous accents," said Cecchetto.
More than 1,500 guests will be served this year at the black-tie event held at the Kodak Theater following the Academy Awards. Winners will celebrate with 1,200 bottles of Moet and Chandon champagne while dining on "elegant comfort food" provided by master chef Wolfgang Puck, who's been in charge of the menu for 16 consecutive years.
"We not only want to have something which is comfortable and relaxing and that makes them feel good, but I don't want it to be an uptight party. I want it to be a fun party," said Puck.
The menu includes long-time favorites like house smoked salmon and mini-gold chocolate Oscar statuettes, as well as new items, like chicken pot pie with black truffles and Baked Alaska with espresso glace.
"People would get upset if they wouldn't get their chocolate Oscars. There would be a revolution in here," said Puck. He said this year they will be providing boxes for guests to take home the statuettes instead of them having to leave with tell-tale gold dust on their pockets.
Another bonus for Oscar recipients this year: for the first time in the ball's history, they will be able to take home their personalized statue that night, rather than waiting weeks for it to be engraved with their name. It's a small change, but it will provide winners with the evening's most sought-after party accessory.