It was the perfect end to another memorable Oscar season. When the 82nd 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 the first time, Academy Award winners were also invited to a specially designed area to have their Oscar statuettes personalized with engraved nameplates.
This year’s Ball was highlighted by a style design reminiscent of the late 1930s “Streamline Moderne” with a contemporary edge. The adaptation of these design styles fused to showcase a magnificent ceiling treatment featuring beaded fiber optic chandeliers. Lavish layers of charcoal iridescent taffeta with platinum and cognac matte satins were complimented by elegant florals such as purple Lizzy-Anthus, Rothschild Orchids, aubergine rust Calla Lilies, and Clearwater Roses.
For the 21st consecutive year, Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions was the producer of the Governors Ball; and for the 16th consecutive year, Wolfgang Puck and his team developed a special menu just for the occasion. The menu created by Puck and chefs Lee Hefter and Matt Bencivenga included a new twist on a classic entrée, signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars®, and the chef’s garden spring vegetable salad as well as pastry chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars.
This year marked the 52nd Governors Ball. The first was held in 1958 following the 30th Academy Awards. Since then, the Ball was held every year except 1968.