Governors Ball

It was the perfect end to another memorable Oscar season. When the 81st Academy Awards presentation came to a close, it was time to celebrate and unwind. The Governors Ball was the place to be for more than 1,500 special guests, including the night’s Oscar winners, nominees and telecast participants.

For this year’s official Oscars party, the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood & Highland Center was transformed into a Zen-like paradise. The understated, elegant setting featured tables adorned with large exotic man-made bonsai trees fashioned from Ming greenery and grapevine trunks, and a variety of floral arrangements with orchids, calla lilies and tulips.

For the 20th consecutive year, Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions was the producer of the Governors Ball; and for the 15th consecutive year, Wolfgang Puck and his team developed a special menu just for the occasion. Guests enjoyed spicy tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, smoked salmon Oscar, slow-braised Asian spiced short ribs and Pastry Chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars.

This year marked the 51st Governors Ball. The first was held in 1958 following the 30th Academy Awards. Since then, the Ball was held every year except 1968.

Governors Ball Slideshows

Dustin Lance Black

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