The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC Adds a Special Performance by International Superstar Gwen Stefani,

A Star-Studded Celebration The Parade will include a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.

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The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Stefani will warm up the audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC.

After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.LOGO_KO

On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.

As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.

Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.

The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

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Toast To 2018 At The Peninsula New York’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala At Salon De Ning

Grab a glass of champagne and toast to 2018 high above the city lights of Fifth Avenue at The Peninsula New York’s first Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala, taking place at Salon de Ning rooftop bar and terrace. This glamorous event will see the property’s Salon de Ning transformed into a chic sky-lit penthouse complete with live music, delicious eats, entertainment and dancing, as both the East and West Terraces are enclosed and heated under translucent marquees.1510073027-925c0c2051589fd218c3816db3509a6f

A Manhattan favorite, Salon de Ning is inspired by the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite, avid world traveler and international hostess who presided over “salons” in her stylish and eclectic residences around the world, making her friends and guests feel at home in a warm and welcoming environment. Boasting the most spectacular views of the glittering New York skyline and its streets below, Salon de Ning makes for the ideal rooftop venue to ring in 2018 beneath the city lights.

Following a red-carpet arrival through a private entrance leading directly to Salon de Ning, guests will be greeted with Champagne and be given an exclusive key with a hashtag for entry, as they then pass through an iridescent photo tunnel which will send a text directly to a guest’s phone with the image. From there, guests will enter an express elevator up to Salon de Ning.

Upon entry and resembling a luxe speakeasy, the West Terrace will welcome guests with crisp couches, vast velvet curtains, dancing and live music from the imaginative French duo Jul & Co, performing their signature mix of multi-instrumental DJ skills to set a unique and eclectic vibe. An exclusive VIP section for 20 people is available for purchase for $20,000, which includes five bottles of Cristal champagne, a lavish caviar setup, a rare bottle of the Balvenie 30-Year-Old Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky and all-night bottle service to ring in not just New Year’s Eve, but mark the start of the hotel’s 30th Anniversary year, taking place in 2018.

On the East Terrace, two full-service bars and a range of dining stations and passed plates will excite guests, along with a performance by The Chip Shop Boys, regarded as the UK’s best rock and pop cover band to dance the night away. Behind them, a video wall with a live feed of New York City’s iconic Times Square ball drop will be broadcast at the stroke of midnight, kicking off 2018 along with a confetti drop, more dancing, drinks and posh late-night bites.

The two atmospheres will meet in Salon de Ning’s interior bar, which will host a decadent tequila-pairing bar complemented with a live sushi station and raw bar for guests to enjoy, as a range of curious performers dazzles through the space. Additional eats include an Asian street food station, taco bar, and post-midnight dessert graffiti station.

The Salon de Ning Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala will take place from 9:00pm to 2:00am and is priced at $725, not including tax and gratuity. Attire is black tie optional. For reservations, please call 212-903-3051 or email holidaypny@peninsula.com.

Ring in the New Year at the Iconic Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

Both Legendary New York Venues Will Host Grand New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ring in 2018 at New York’s most iconic venues in the sky. The Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York, NY 10112 USA, 212.632.5000) will both host grand New Year’s Eve celebrations from 65 floors above Times Square. Two amazing parties, for one special night.

Quintessential New York glamour finds its home at the iconic Rainbow Room. The New Year’s Eve Black Tie Bash offers a modern twist on old-world charm. The night will start with a cocktail hour boasting magnificent views, a premium open bar and passed canapes in The Gallery. Guests will then enter the famed Rainbow Room for an elegant four-course tasting menu, open bar, live entertainment and dancing on Rainbow Room’s historic rotating dance floor. Hank Lane’s Kevin Osbourne and his sensational eight-piece band will perform a wide variety of musical styles; from Sinatra and the Classic Rock sounds of the 1950’s & 1960’s to Motown, Disco, 1980’s, Hip Hop, right up to today’s contemporary hits. Tickets are $695 per person and black-tie attire is required.

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Ring in the New Year at the Iconic Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room, Rainbow Room’s adjacent cocktail lounge, is an upscale hidden gem framed by awe-inspiring cityscapes. Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room will offer three different ticket options; Premium Ticket (General Admission), Elite VIP Table for up to 6 guests and the luxe Platinum Lounge for up to 20 guests. The Platinum Lounge, only available for one lucky party, grants exclusive access to the ultimate New Year’s Eve. This ticket option for 20 guests offers a VIP private suite, personal waitstaff, private dining and a prime view of the ball drop.

Premium Ticket (General Admission):

  • Champagne & Caviar Open Bar from 10:00PM to Midnight
  • Complimentary Passed Canapes
  • Live DJ Performances and Dancing
  • DJ Countdown to the New Year
  • Coat Check Provided

Festive cocktail attire is required. Tickets are $325.

Elite VIP Table for Up to Six (Limited Tables Available):

  • 6 Table Package VIP Tickets
  • One Bottle of from Spirits List
  • Two Bottles of Premium Champagne
  • Reserved Table with Nightclub Seating
  • Bottle Service & Mixers Provided at Table
  • Includes all General Admission Benefits
  • Priority VIP Line for Expedited Entry
  • Festive cocktail attire is required. Tables are $3,500.

Platinum Lounge for Up to 20:

  • 20 Platinum Lounge VIP Tickets
  • Exclusive, Private Suite
  • Prime View of the Ball Drop
  • Premium Open Bar with Dedicated Server
  • Five Bottles of Premium Champagne
  • Passed Canapes, Caviar and Raw Bar
  • Dessert Presentation
  • Includes all General Admission Benefits
  • Priority VIP Line for Expedited Entry
  • Festive cocktail attire is required. Lounge is $20,000.

Tickets for the Black Tie Bash at Rainbow Room and the New Year’s Eve Party at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room are now available. All tickets exclude gratuity, tax and processing fees. For more information about Rainbow Room please visit www.rainbowroom.com.

Let’s Have A Parade™: The World-Renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Kicks off the Holiday Season with Its 91st Spectacle of Wonder

The Annual March Will Once Again Feature a Host of Surprises along with Its Signature Giant Character Balloons, Floats of Fantasy, the Nation’s Finest Marching Bands, Whimsical Performance Groups, Celebrity Appearances and the One-and-Only Santa Claus

This Thanksgiving, a magical march returns to the streets of New York City and to homes across the United States as the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season with its signature spectacle of wonder. On Thursday, Nov. 23, the streets of Manhattan will come alive at the sound of “Let’s Have A Parade!” Ready to spread holiday cheer, the annual procession is sure to delight more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide with its traditional merriment.

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The world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the Holiday Season with its 91st Spectacle of Wonder on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. ET. (Macys/Business Wire)

For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for millions of families. We are thrilled to once again come together as a nation to give this gift of joy and wonder to all,” said Susan Tercero, group vice-president of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Our incredible team has planned a fantastic spectacle featuring an amazing line-up of giant character balloons, floats of fantasy, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, a dazzling array of musical artists, all coming together to herald the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Since the first march in November of 1924, the Macy’s Parade has captivated audiences and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 91st edition, the line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere” has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is the mandate that continues to this day. From the very first Parade to this year’s spectacle, Macy’s own employees, along with their friends and family, have gathered together to give the nation a perfect holiday gift, and now it’s time for another dazzling celebration. In 5,4,3,2,1 … Let’s Have A Parade!LOGO_KO

STARS ON PARADE

The star power on Parade will once again feature some of the nation’s most riveting performers. Taking to the streets of New York City on board one of Macy’s signature floating stages, and thrilling the nation with their performances at Herald Square will be 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa, and more.

FLYING ICONS

Taking flight on Turkey Day will be the Parade’s signature giant character helium balloons. Since their introduction in 1927, these giants of the sky have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. This year, four giant characters will debut including Disney Frozen’s Olaf, Illumination presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, PAW Patrol® and Jett from Super Wings™.

The balloon line-up will also feature the return of Harold the Baseball Player, a legacy Macy’s character prominently featured in Twentieth Century Fox’s iconic holiday film classic, Miracle on 34th Street. In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary, the Harold heritage balloon has been recreated for this year’s Parade, painted in hues of black, white and grey, to look exactly as it did on-screen during a memorable scene in the 1947 film. In addition to Harold, the famed spokesduck, The Aflac Duck, will debut as an all-new balloonicle (a Macy’s Parade innovation of hybrid cold-air balloon and vehicle) and is sure to have fans quacking with joy and laughter down the route.

Returning giant balloon characters include Angry BirdsRed; Charlie Brown; Diary of A Wimpy Kid®; Sinclair’s Dino®; The Elf on the Shelf®; Hello Kitty®; Ice Age’s Scrat and His Acorn; Pikachu™; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; SpongeBob SquarePants; and DreamWorks’ Trolls.

THE STAGE FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Floating down the route this Thanksgiving, the Parade’s signature floats transport spectators to worlds of wonder. Designed and created by the incredible artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, which include carpenters, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The painstaking process of creating a Macy’s Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy’s Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve. These creations are not only works of art, but also engineering marvels.

This year, five new floats will debut including Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Sara Evans), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Lauren Alaina), Parade Day Mischief by SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy (Nicky Jam), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Jojo Siwa) and Universal Playground by Sprout® (Angelica Hale). A special float by Delta Air Lines will also debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind, cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Street (Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street); The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian (Goo Goo Dolls), Big Apple by NY Daily News (Bebe Rexha); Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2018 Cara Mund); Building A Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Andra Day and Common); The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC by Kentucky Fried Chicken (Dustin Lynch); The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray®; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Olivia Holt); Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear (Sabrina Carpenter); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Wyclef Jean, NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Ray Bourque & Bryan Trottier); Fun House by Krazy Glue® (Flo Rida); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (98 Degrees); It’s All Rock & Roll by Gibson Brands (Jimmy Fallon & The Roots); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Smokey Robinson); On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Andy Grammer); Santa’s Sleigh; Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations by Domino® Sugar (Cam); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Kat Graham); and Tom Turkey featuring Bravo’s Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio). Continue reading

Historic Hotels of America Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists

Hotels and Recipients to be Honored at the 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on September 28 at The Omni Homestead Resort

Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® has announced the nominee finalists for the 2017 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. These Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world.

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. The organization has more than 298 historic hotels which have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. (See more information below.)HHA_Black

Historic Hotels Worldwide® is a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning ten centuries. The organization represents the finest global collection of more than 260 historic hotels in more than 34 countries and is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures. (See more information below.)Historic Hotels Worldwide®

The 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm. The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated, and after careful consideration selected the following 2017 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

Inn at Willow Grove (1778) Orange, Virginia

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

Penn Wells Hotel (1869) Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York

Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton (1927) Saranac Lake, New York

Silver Birches (1929) Hawley, Pennsylvania

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Otesaga Hotel and the Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York

Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa

The Don CeSar (1928) St. Petersburg, Florida

Sustainability Champion

Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York

Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts

Inn at the Presidio (1903) San Francisco, California

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa (1799) Montchanin, Delaware

Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, California

OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York

The Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts

The Dunhill Hotel (1929) Charlotte, North Carolina Continue reading

Academy Announces 89th Oscars® Governors Ball Creative Team

oscarnews_homepage2Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesOfficial Post-Oscar® Celebration, which will immediately follow the 89th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 26. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is ‘magical transformation.’ As they enter the Ball, guests will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white,” said Kurland. “The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar gold.”

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Tomorrowland” and, most recently, “Ghostbusters.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s eighth year serving as Governors Ball chair.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Sequoia Productions’ clients include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. This will be Cecchetto’s 28th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.

For the 23rd consecutive year, legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will set the stage with a Governors Ball menu pairing Hollywood glamour with culinary whimsy. Eric Klein, the new Wolfgang Puck Catering executive chef, worked alongside Puck to create more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus a selection of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and baked macaroni and cheese. The pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will offer a dessert menu brimming with innovative and playful desserts served at multiple dessert stations, plus the ultimate dessert buffet featuring Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than 900 event staff through the evening’s intricately detailed logistics to deliver guests a true restaurant-style hospitality experience.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

Oscar® Nominees Honored At Annual Academy Luncheon

oscarnews_homepage2Nominees for the 89th Oscars® were celebrated at a luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 6, 2017. The 89th Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26, live on ABC.

More than 165 Oscar® nominees came together at noon when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.86thOscars_Logo

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington were in attendance at the pre-Oscars® event.

Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams also joined in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category – Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve – attended as well.

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Nominees for the 89th Oscars® were celebrated at a luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 6, 2017. The 89th Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26, live on ABC. Seated: Joanna Natasegara, Burt Dalton, Dave Parker, Joi McMillon, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Octavia Spencer, Kimberly Steward, Theodore Ushev, Mahershala Ali, Andrew Coats, Dustin O’Halloran, Justin Timberlake, Ruth Negga, Rafaela Niehausen, Joe Walker, Georgio Gregorini. First Row: Lou HamouLhadj, Sélim Azzazi, Gary Summers, Juanjo Giménez, Luke Davies, Anna Pinnock, Chris Scarabosio, Giacun Cadull, Timo von Gunten, Vincent Cirelli, Arrianne Sutner, Oliver Jones, Lauren Beck, Kevin O’Connell, Alan Barillaro, Mary Zophres, Sylvain Bellemare, Max Martin, Kahane Cooperman, Stephen Elliis, Osnat Shurer, Jordan Horowitz, Carla Hacken, Nancy Haigh. Second Row: Jake Roberts, Max Karli, Kim Magnusson, Dan Levine, Marc Platt, Richard Bluff, Dan Lemmon, Julie Yorn, Christopher Nelson, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Craig Hammock, Fred Berger, Pharrell Williams, Patrick Osborne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele Romanski, James Laxton, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Michael Dudok de Wit, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin J. Walsh, Steve A. Morrow, Aaron Ryder, Alan Robert Murray, Daphne Matziaraki, Karl Johan Schuster, Hannes Holm. Third Row: Julie Goldman, Bub Asman, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Aske Bang, Brad Schiff, David Linde, Damien Chazelle, Lucas Hedges, Stephane Ceretti, Adam Valdez, Caroline Waterlow, Nicholas Britell, Jeff Bridges, Ron Clements, Justin Paul, Gianfranco Rosi, Renée Tondelli, Thomas Newman, Marc Sondheimer, Ai-Ling Lee, Stuart Wilson, Brian McLean, Byron Howard, Angie Fielder, Clark Spencer, Barry Jenkins, Mildred Introu Morgan, Hal Hickel, Andrew R. Jones, Wylie Stateman, Gene Serdena. Fourth Row: Joel Harlow, Paul Hotte, Todd Black, Raoul Peck, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Jenno Topping, Viggo Mortensen, Chris Moore, Steve Emerson, Andy Nelson, Denzel Washington, Jess Gonchor, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Orlando von Einsiedel, Cara Speller, Robert Legato, Travis Knight, Eva von Bahr, David Permut, Love Larson, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Mel Gibson, Ezra Edelman, Mike Mills, Naomie Harris, Donna Gigliotti, Jeremy Kleiner, Neil Corbould, Claude Barras, Viola Davis, Greg P. Russell, John Gilbert, Richard Alonzo. Fifth Row: Martin Zandvliet, Linus Sandgren, Nat Sanders, Iain Canning, Greig Fraser, Kenneth Lonergan, Rich Moore, Justin Hurwitz, Isabelle Huppert, Tom Cross, Spencer Averick, Maren Ade, Denis Villeneuve, John Knoll, Roger Ross Williams, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Shawn Levy, Dan Krauss, Ryan Gosling, Benj Pasek, John Musker, Bill Mechanic, Eric Heisserer, Kristof Deak, Patrice Vermette, Allison Schroeder, J. Ralph, Theodore Melfi, Howard Barish. (Photo Credit: Image Group LA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)