It's all a bit manic in Hollywood right now!
- 23 February 2012
- by Alex Zagalsky
Hollywood's A-list must be at this moment in a macrobiotic/zero-cal whirlwind of excitement as stars pamper themselves (thanks to many a frazzled PA) in preparation for the imminent
Oscar weekend. While us mortals only get to see the red carpet showdown (sorry, fashion walk) and the event itself, there are all manner of functions and parties surrounding the proceedings - it's a wonder they don't all turn up hungover and looking browbeaten by the amount of handshaking and bootlicking that goes on. Of course, the main pre-party to sizzle at will be
Harvey Weinstein's Pre-Academy Awards Party at
Harvey has quite the monopoly this year when it comes to the guest list , as media mogul,
Barry Diller, will not be throwing his usual picnic on Saturday afternoon, which was renowned for pulling in the big guns (being the man responsible for the creation of
Fox Broadcasting and
USA Broadcasting does have its perks!)
After the envelops have been opened, speeches have been blubbered and goody bags whisked away (nominees are given gifts worth $75,000 and all attendees get freebies, including a bottle of Filipino vodka this year!), guests will make their way to one of the post-Oscar parties: Elton's, Harvey's (again!), Madonna's, Vanity Fair's… even typing these names gives an inclination of the Herculean task of organising these bashes, not to mention the amount of money that is involved in hosting them.
Somehow Oscar night appears to be a seamless affair to the rest of the world, but mutual ego-massaging is not just reserved for the nominees. Deals must be struck, decorum must be maintained and work must be done (interview after interview, no mistakes, no flakiness and no losing spirit, for there's always a media snitch lurking behind a cocktail). It all sounds like such a chore! No wonder Woody Allen avoids it like the plague.
But for us TV viewers, this year is bound to be a regale. Billy Crystal is back after an eight year hiatus as host, and silent film, The Artist, is sure to make history by scooping up an armful of awards, beating all the Hollywood contenders. We love it when that happens.
To get you in the mood, have a look at this hilarious skit made in honour of Sunday night 's ceremony, starring Kevin Kline and the brilliant Mike Myers. We can't wait, but we're sort of glad we're not there!