Party Time

Where the best soirees in town can be found this Academy Awards weekend


Governors Ball
The Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles
Hollywood's biggest party of the year also will be one of the most Zen as feng shui elements -- earth, metal, water, wood and fire -- are put on display. Look for mammoth Japanese shadow boxes.

Vanity Fair
Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Taking place in a new location (good-bye Morton's), Grey Goose cocktails will circulate in a more intimate affair than in years past.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party
Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
Designer Anthony Todd is creating a "Simply Elegant Supper Club" theme replete with mirrored bars and lush hydrangeas flower arrangements.

The Envelope Please, Oscar Viewing Party to Benefit APLA
The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Since it's APLA's 25th anniversary, a silver theme takes center stage. APLA clients will receive the evening's centerpieces donated by Couture Baskets. Jennifer Love Hewitt presides.

Prince's Party
Prince's home in Beverly Park
Look for details on the event to keep you guessing until the last minute. But one thing is certain, you'll be partying like it's 2009.


Motion Picture & Television Fund Night Before Party
The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
This year's hosts at the seventh annual fundraiser to benefit the MPTF include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake.

The Walt Disney Studios/Miramax Party
The rooftop deck at the London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
An intimate evening with edibles by Gordon Ramsey.

Sony Pictures Classics' Party
Cecconi's, 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
SPC honors its nominees with a gathering at Italian eatery Cecconi's, which has opened in the old Morton's location.


The Foreign-Language Film Award Cocktail Party
The Academy Grand Lobby, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Foreign-language nominated directors will mingle with a select group of Academy VIPs.

Vanity Fair Hollywood Domino Oscar Pre-Party
Andaz, 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Vanity Fair, Bally's creative director Brian Atwood and Kate Bosworth will host a poolside, rooftop game night featuring "Hollywood Domino" to benefit the Art of Elysium.

Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party
Peter and Tara Guber's home, Bel-Air
Perrier-Jouet and MaxMara sponsor the event honoring this year's female Oscar nominees. Guests will be surrounded by white gardenias and roses and feast on French cuisine.