Rather than boycotting the Oscars for a lack of acknowledgment, many African-American film organizations and individuals - from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, to Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Hart - are joining awards week receptions, and initiating the celebrating themselves.
"This year's nominations have become another sharp reminder that Hollywood is still not as diverse as we know that it can be," says Essence editor-in-arity bief Vanessa De Luca, whose annual Black Women in Hollywood lunch will now be televised as an OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network primetime special. "Our guests look to the luncheon as a special space where they feel recognized and valued."
Let the parties, benefits, swag suites and all-encompassing measures of recognition begin.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Icon Mann Sessions Where: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., SAG-AFTRA Plaza Who's expected: A starry, equality-promoting panel, which last year included advocates like David Oyelowo, Robi Reed and Charles King Why you don't want to miss it: The panel series - sponsored by Variety, SAG-AFTRA, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and Lexus - will explore how African-American men have been represented in 2016 awards season films, and how minority films and filmmakers are valued internationally.
18th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Where: 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m awards, the Beverly Hilton Who's expected: Award recipients Cate Blanchett, Ellen Mirojnick, Quentin Tarantino, and nominated designers from the big and small screen Why you don't want to miss it: When television, film and short-form clothing masters gather at this fancy Lacoste-sponsored gala, some major fashion moments happen.
Tiffany & Co. Celebrates the 88th Academy Awards Where: 6:30 p.m., the Beverly Wilshire Hotel Who's expected: Jewelry devotees Why you don't want to miss it: View some of the famous jewelry house's most spectacular pieces in celebration of the upcoming Oscars.
Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Where: 7 p.m., the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills Who's expected: Oscar-nominated director and host Jennifer Yuh Nelson, of 'Kung Fu Panda' fame, plus short film fans Why you don't want to miss it: In this first of a week-long series of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences events open to the public, guests will screen all of the animated and live-action shorts up for an award, and the filmmakers will fill in the dots during an onstage panel talk. (For tickets, visit Oscars.org or call 310-247-3600.)
Vanity Fair + Fiat Young Hollywood Celebration Where: 8 p.m. Chateau Marmont Who's expected: Hosts Krista Smith and Olivia Munn Why you don't want to miss it: Sarah Hyland, Taryn Manning and Zoey Deutch were among the chic representatives of Young Hollywood who helped VF kick off their series of philanthropic Oscar events last year, and the venue move from No Vacancy to Chateau promises an extra-exclusive opening fete.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 Vanity Fair Social Club Where: Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 24-27 Platform, Culver City Who's expected: Panelists from films including "Carol," "Straight Outta Compton" and "Mad Max: Fury Road," and last year's supporting actress winner Patricia Arquette Why you don't want to miss it: Back for the third time, this year's VF Oscar programming includes intimate discussions, interactive opportunities and a private Oscar viewing party on Feb. 28 for the social-media savvy.
Diane von Furstenberg's Luncheon Where: DVF's private residence Who's expected: Co-hosts Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures Why you don't want to miss it: If last year's crowd (which consisted of ladies like Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank) was any indication, this third annual lunch soiree for the femme nominees is sure to be fashion-forward and star-studded.
Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party Where: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 dinner, 9 concert, 10 after-party at Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Who's expected: Performer Stevie Wonder, emcee Soledad O'Brien and ECO-Champion honorees Why you don't want to miss it: Green-minded stars (like host committee members Orlando Bloom, Maggie Grace and Ed O'Neill, and guests including Katy Perry and Quincy Jones) will gather for dinner, an auction and a special concert by legend Wonder, to help create climate-resilient cities and empower young environmentalists. For tickets visit globalgreen.org.
An Evening Featuring the Costumes From 'Brookyn' Where: 6-8 p.m. FIDM Museum Who's expected: Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux and producer Finola Dwyer Why you don't want to miss it: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will honor the costumes that brought "Brooklyn" to life.
Alfre Woodard's Pre-Oscar Dinner Presented by Tanqueray No. TEN and Perennial Sports & Entertainment Where: The London Hotel, Vivienne Westwood Penthouse Who's expected: Alfre Woodard and some fierce femmes such as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Aisha Tyler, Jurnee Smollett and Loretta Devine Why you don't want to miss it: Woodard insists that her favorite ladies come solo, rather than with partners or reps, and said last year that the annual occasion isn't reactive, but proactive -- "it's about celebrating us and lifting each other up."
Vanity Fair and Barney's New York Private Dinner Where: 7 p.m. Chateau Marmont Who's expected: Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and his fashionable friends Why you don't want to miss it: This celebratory awards season supper -- honoring "Spotlight" and writer-director Tom McCarthy, and benefiting ProPublica -- will come with a side of style.
Oscar Celebrates: Documentaries Where: 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater Who's expected: Documentary branch governors and hosts Kate Amend and Rory Kennedy, plus lovers of nonfiction pics Why you don't want to miss it: Film editor Amend ("The Long Way Home," "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport") and Oscar-nominated producer-director Kennedy ('Last Days in Vietnam') will present all the nominated feature and short subject docs, via clips and onstage convos with the film helmers.
The Irish Film Board Celebration Where: 6 p.m. Laurel Hardware Who's expected: Co-hosts Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell and Chris O'Dowd, plus acclaimed Irish film industry guests Why you don't want to miss it: Seven Irish-related nominations, for 'Brooklyn,' 'Room' and Michael Fassbender's performance in 'Steve Jobs,' means a private first-time fete by the Irish Film Board.
Thursday, Feb. 25 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon Where: 11:30 a.m. the Beverly Wilshire Hotel Who's expected: Honorees Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw, plus special performer Leon Bridges Why you don't want to miss it: Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and Oprah Winfrey will be in the house for the magazine's ninth annual affair toasting African-American femmes. It will be televised as an OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Primetime Special on Feb. 27.
MAC Cosmetics and Zac Posen Lunch Where: 1 p.m. Ennis House Who's expected: Zac Posen and a fashionable bunch Why you don't want to miss it: The meal will also celebrate the limited-edition MAC color collection with stylish shades and brushes that New York designer Posen just launched.
Sixth Annual UCLA Sketch to Screen Comedy Design Panel and Oscar Celebration 2 p.m. UCLA's Schoenberg Hall Who's Expected: Panelists include Oscar-nominated costume designers Jenny Beavan ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), Paco Delgado ("The Danish Girl"), Sandy Powell ("Carol," "Cinderella") and Jacqueline West ("The Revenant"), along with 2013 Oscar nominee Michael Wilkinson ("American Hustle") Why you don't want to miss it: Swarovski is behind this year's artsy discussion benefitting UCLA TFT's David C. Copley Center for Costume Design -- plus a post-panel reception.
Third Annual An Evening With Canada's Stars Where: 4 p.m. The Four Seasons Beverly Hills Who's expected: Oscar nominees, Canadian Screen Award nominees, Legacy Award recipients and other high-profile Canuck stars Why you don't want to miss it: Telefilm Canada, the Consulate General and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television have much to toast, given the 21 Academy Award nominations for their films and talent (including for "Brooklyn," "Room," Rachel McAdams and Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario").
Nadja Swarovski Celebrates the 2016 Oscar Nominees for Best Costume Design Where: 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Fairfax Ave. Who's expected: Artsy guests baring bling Why you don't want to miss it: The party from UCLA's Copley Center's "Sketch to Screen" will move east (and gain cocktails).
Unite4:humanity Where: 6:30 p.m. the Montage Beverly Hills Who's expected: Hollywood stars and humanitarians, including Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rogen and Olivia Wilde Why you don't want to miss it: The inspiring annual salute to everyday heroes, hosted by the unite4:good foundation and Variety, last year united a roomful of powerful philanthropists from Halle Berry to Ewan McGregor to Amy Poehler.
Dinner for Equality Where: Private location Who's expected: Co-hosts Patricia Arquette and Marc Benioff, plus business and entertainment leaders and advocates of equal rights Why you don't want to miss it: Oscar winner Arquette and Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, will inspire a cross-industry dialogue around equal pay and equal rights for women.
Oscar Wilde Pre-Academy Awards Event Where: 7 p.m. J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio in Santa Monica Who's expected: Honorees Lenny Abrahamson, Daisy Ridley, James Corden, Snow Patrol and Sarah Greene Why you don't want to miss it: Abrams will emcee, Irish artist Roisin O and Snow Patrol will perform and guests like Joanne Froggatt and Peter Gallagher will raise some whiskey in support of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance nonprofit.
Verve Celebration Where: 7 p.m. Maia Who's expected: Meg LeFauve and the team behind "Inside Out" Why you don't want to miss out: Oscar nominations for best original screenplay and best animated feature are plenty to cheers.
OK! Magazine's Pre-Oscar Party Where: 7:30 p.m. Beso Who's expected: Brody Jenner, who'll be DJ'ing, and Perez Hilton, who'll be documenting. Why you don't want to miss it: Publisher Carrie Byrne-Putelo's annual event, which this year will benefit the Global Gift Foundation, draws a crowd that is celeb weekly-worthy.
Oscar Celebrates: Animated Features Where: 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater Who's expected: Hosts Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams Why you don't want to miss it: The team behind last year's Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6" will chat with this year's nominees about heroic techniques and show illustrative animated clips.
Cadillac Celebrates the Academy Awards Where: 8 p.m. Chateau Marmont Who's expected: Famous car aficionados Why you don't want to miss it: This inaugural awards season cocktail soiree from the 88th Oscars' car sponsor and event producer Tony Schubert (Event Eleven) already scores points for securing a chichi venue -- and more for chauffeuring guests in the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, debuting this March.
Friday, Feb. 26 53rd Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon Where: 11 a.m. the Beverly Hilton Hotel Who's expected: More than 900 entertainment industry leaders Why you don't want to miss it: At this who's who gathering of the publicity world, Open Road's Tom Ortenberg, FX's John Landgraf and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman will be honored, while Lily Tomlin receives the prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Vanity Fair + Stuart Weitzman Luncheon Celebrating Elizabeth Banks Where: A.O.C. Who's expected: Shoe king Stuart Weitzman and the VF bunch Why you don't want to miss it: The invite-only luncheon honoring Banks' directorial success is sure to have a well-heeled crowd.
The Great British Film Reception Where: 5 p.m. the London West Hollywood Who's expected: Co-hosts Eddie Redmayne and British consul general Chris O'Connor Why you don't want to miss it: James Corden will emcee, Jamie Cullum will perform and Gordon Ramsay will design authentic English eats for this annual ode to U.K. film achievements.
9th Annual Women in Film's 9th Annual Pre-Oscar Party Where: 5:30 p.m. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails Who's expected: Women in Film, L.A. president Cathy Schulman, a superstar host (filling the stilletos of past hosts Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Gwyneth Paltrow) and the 2016 female Oscar nominees Why you don't want to miss it: All 51 women from behind and in front of the camera who've scored Oscar noms will be celebrated by their peers, with help from BMW, Max Mara, MAC Cosmetics and Perrier-Jouet.
Icon Mann Power 50 Dinner Where: 6:30 p.m. private Beverly Hills location Who's expected: A prestigious roster of African-American male power players in Hollywood such as Leon Bridges, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Aldis Hodge Why you don't want to miss it: For their second 2016 Oscar event, Icon Mann -- with help from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, SAG-AFTRA, Variety and Lexus -- will honor the accomplishments of black men in film at this swanky gentleman-only supper affair.
Vanity Fair + L'Oreal Paris D.J. Night Where: 9 p.m. Palihouse Who's expected: Hailee Steinfeld, who's hosting, and "Orange Is the New Black's" Taryn Manning, who'll be performing a DJ set Why you don't want to miss it: This hip invite-only annual dance bash will benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
The Weinstein Company's Private Late-Night After-Party Where: 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 1Oak Who's expected: DJ Michelle Pesce and some ready-to-party industry figures Why you don't want to miss it: TWC kicks off three nights of revelry with this exclusive dance bash thrown with help from Indiewire.
UTA Party Where: UTA chairman Jim Berkus' Beverly Hills estate Who's expected: An exclusive group of clients, nominees and UTA staff and friends Why you don't want to miss it: The intimate gathering, which lures ample industry folk, is worth the trip if only to get a peek at "it girl" Alicia Vikander's wardrobe.
ICM Partners Party Where: Chateau Marmont Who's expected: The agency's actors, filmmakers and staff, plus studio execs and friends Why you don't want to miss it: This friendly, industry-heavy soiree routinely gathers representatives of both Old Hollywood and the New Guard.
WME Party Where: Private residence Who's expected: Cameos from nominated clients like Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, Brie Larson and Sylvester Stallone could liven things up. Why you don't want to miss it: WME's annual Friday night talent-fest is always a successful endeavor.
CAA Party Where: A private location Who's expected: Creative artists, industry notables and Bryan Lourd's BFFs Why you don't want to miss it: A roomful of nominees like Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kate Winslet promises a good time.
Saturday, Feb. 27 Oscar Celebrates: Foreign-Language Films Where: 10 a.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater Who's expected: Foreign-language committee head Mark Johnson, who won an Oscar for "Rain Man" and a nomination for "Bugsy" Why you don't want to miss it: Host Johnson and directors of the nominated foreign-language films will talk obstacles and experiences of the trade and screen some exotic clips.
Reception Honoring the German Oscar Nominees Where: 11 a.m. Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades Who's expected: German director Patrick Vollrath ("Everything Will Be Okay"), the "Ava Maria" and "Bridge of Spies" teams, "Mustang's" Frank Henschke and "The Danish Girl's" Ulf Israel Why you don't want to miss it: German Films and the German consulate general will honor their nominees at this historic landmark estate -- with an official willkommen by Monika Grutters, the German federal government commissioner for culture and the media, and Berlin mayor Michael Muller.
Film Independent Spirit Awards Where: 2 p.m. a tent on the Santa Monica beach Who's expected: Co-hosts Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live") and Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley"), and nominees including Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jason Segel, Ben Mendelsohn and Idris Elba Why you don't want to miss it: At this 31st annual event beloved for its breezy afternoon vibe, nonprofit Film Independent -- which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival -- will honor many deserving indies, actors and filmmakers who may not have made the Oscar cut.
Oscar Celebrates: Makeup and Hairstyling Where: 3 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater Who's expected: Moderator and makeup artist Leonard Engelman ("Moonstruck," "Ghostbusters") and the beauty-savvy Why you don't want to miss it: Nominated makeup artist and hairstylist pros will dish on their onscreen work -- and a display of photos, molds and wigs will further tell the story from the theater lobby.
Giorgio Armani Celebrates "The Revenant" Where: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 436 N. Rodeo Dr. Who's expected: Roberta Armani and "The Revenant" cast and crew Why you don't want to miss it: This annual store fete is always A-List.
ShortsHD's annual Shorts Awards Where: 8 p.m. Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills Who's expected: All Oscar-nominated short-film filmmakers, plus industry notables and members of the Academy Why you don't want to miss it: This annual cocktail soiree will honor short filmmakers who've excelled in the art of animation, live action and documentary (three of whom will go home with Oscars the following night).
Pokemon Afternoon Soiree Where: Sunset Tower Hotel Who's expected: A surprise celebrity mom host and 50 fashionistas Why you don't want to miss it: Industry influencers, celebrity stylists and their children will preview Pokemon fashion -- with help from a giant Pikachu.
Chanel and Charles Fink's 8th Annual Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner Where: 7:30 p.m. Madeo Who's expected: Chanel lovers like Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Jessica Biel, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton and more Why you don't want to miss it: The intimate annual dinner gathers a starry group for an evening of fashion, film and top-notch food.
"The Danish Girl" Oscar Toast Where: 8 p.m. Chateau Marmont Who's expected: Lead actor nominee Eddie Redmayne and supporting actress nominee Alicia Vikander, plus friends Why you don't want to miss it: The stars and friends of Focus Features will be raising glasses of Kim Crawford wine late into the night at this intimate gathering to honor "The Danish Girl's" four Oscar nominations.
Motion Picture Television Fund's Night Before Party Where: Fox lot Who's expected: A starry assembly of Academy Award presenters and nominees Why you don't want to miss it: The more informal nature of this annual benefit for MPTF draws a slew of supporters (like George Clooney, Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx) -- and last year raised $5.2 million for seniors in entertainment.
The Weinstein Co.'s Academy Awards Party Where: Montage Beverly Hills Who's expected: Bob and Harvey Weinstein, special performers Zendaya and Derek Hough, plus a platoon of famous friends and Oscar contenders from "Carol" and "The Hateful Eight" Why you don't want to miss it: Loyal guests from Taylor Swift to Meryl Streep to Amy Adams have frequented this grand Beverly Hills awards eve dinner bash -- where this year, a musical tribute will honor nominees Enno Morricone, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga.
Sunday, Feb. 28 The Academy Awards Viewing Party: Wonderful Crazy Night to Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation Where: 4 p.m. cocktails, 5 p.m. dinner West Hollywood Park Who's expected: Hosts Elton John and David Furnish, and a powerhouse committee of event chairs including Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Zooey Deschanel, Neil Patrick Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Caitlyn Jenner, Nicole Kidman, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Tyler and Denzel Washington Why you don't want to miss it: Last year, Nile Rodgers rocked the house, and this year's supersized benefit sponsored by Bulgari, MAC Viva Glam, Audi and more will include a performance by John and his band (from their brand-new album "Wonderful Crazy Night"), dinner by Gordon Ramsay and a Bulgari exhibit of iconic jewels (including Elizabeth Taylor's).
2016 Oscar Salute Where: 4-9 p.m. viewing party, after-party 9 p.m.-2 a.m. W Hollywood Who: Host Kevin Hart and a diverse group of film, TV, music and sports celebs Why you don't want to miss it: What starts as an invite-only black-tie viewing shindig just five blocks from the official ceremony will evolve into a lively post-show celebration -- produced by Popular Press Media Group and Artist Resource Entertainment, and featuring surprise musical guests.
Fox Academy Award Celebration Where: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Hollywood Athletic Club Who's expected: The Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises families and guests Why you don't want to miss it: Twentieth Century Fox led the studios with 20 nominations (12 for "The Revanant," seven for "The Martian" and one for "Joy"), and Fox Searchlight earned four more (three for "Brooklyn" and one for "Youth). So with any luck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Saoirse Ronan and/or Jennifer Lawrence will be toting a new gold accessory at the event sponsored by Kim Crawford wine.
17th Annual InStyle Oscar Viewing Party Where: 4:30-10 p.m. Baltaire, Brentwood Who's expected: The chic cocktail fete played host to hot young stars from Scott Eastwood to Michelle Trachtenberg, last year. Why you don't want to miss it: The fashion mag's annual viewing soiree moves a bit farther west, from Fig & Olive in WeHo to the posh Brentwood steakhouse, but is sure to be well dressed courtesy of veteran event designer Tom Ford.
Weinstein Co. Viewing and After-Party Where: Montage Hotel, Marchesa Ballroom Who's expected: The Weinstein Co. family, plus the Los Angeles Confidential magazine and Chopard teams, and members of the "Carol" and "Hateful Eight" crews Why you don't want to miss it: The last year Weinstein didn't have a best picture nomination in the running was 2007, but the 10 noms it did get are plenty reason for a nightcap.
26th Annual Night of 100 Stars Viewing Party Where: 3:30 p.m. the Beverly Hilton Who's expected: Music agent and dinner chairman Norby Walters, clothing designer and event executive producer Peter Nygard and 150-200 Academy film and TV stars Why you don't want to miss it: This black-tie bash is flooded with familiar faces and past attendees like Vince Vaughn, Cloris Leachman, Rumer Willis, Laura Dern, Anne Heche, Melissa Leo, J.K. Simmons and Tony Danza are all on the invite list.
Participant Media Viewing Party Where: Palihouse Who's expected: The production teams behind "Spotlight," "Bridge of Spies" and "Beasts of No Nation" Why you don't want to miss it: A big win for "Spotlight" could mean a late night for all.
Mercedes-Benz and the African-American Film Critics Assn.'s Viewing Party Where: 4:30 p.m. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Who's expected: Cinema advocates from the AAFCA, and diversity-trumpeting celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson Why you don't want to miss it: This elegant viewing party at the lavish hotel -- which last year played host to David Oyelowo, Natalie Cole and a particularly perturbed Star Jones (who expressed her discontent with the 2015 Oscar "whiteout") -- is bound to be even more packed and vocal.
The Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Viewing Dinner Where: 2:30 p.m. the Max Factor Building at the Hollywood Museum Who's expected: Eighty television and film stars, including George Chakiris, June Squibb, Cuba Gooding Jr., Faye Dunaway, Holly Robinson Peete and Jason, Tyler and Carly Ritter Why you don't want to miss it: How better to watch the Oscars than while surrounded by the world's largest collection of entertainment memorabilia? Guests can tour the museum, including a special Academy Awards exhibit, prior to the sit-down meal presented by DaTang Intl. Entertainment and Desert Rock Entertainment. The event benefits charities including the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health.
Charmaine Blake Red Carpet Award Viewing Gala & After-Party Where: 3 p.m. undisclosed location Who's expected: Hosts Tony Potts of Fox News and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Jennifer Elise Cox Why you don't want to miss it: This black-tie affair benefiting the Los Angeles County Education Foundation and Mission Save Her will feature live entertainment courtesy of YouTube star James Wright ("the Patti LaBelle pie sensation").
Piper-Heidsieck Viewing Party Where: 5 p.m. Roosevelt Hotel Hotel, Johnny Grant Suite & Rooftop Who's expected: The Piper-Heidsieck team and champagne lovers Why you don't want to miss it: This black-tie viewing party from the official champagne of the Oscars, hosted by Terlato Wines, will have plenty of bubbly (plus this year's limited edition Red Carpet Ready magnum bottles sporting the word Oscars and the number 88).
The Abbey's 15th Annual Oscar Viewing Party, the Envelope Please Where: 4 p.m. the Abbey Food & Bar Who's expected: Returning host Pauley Perrette and Abbey founder David Cooley Why you don't want to miss it: Watch the broadcast, bid in the auction and enjoy a seated black-tie dinner (and perhaps a "Real Housewife" spotting or two) at this colorful WeHo bar -- all while supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles. Tickets: APLA.org/oscars.
88th Oscars Governors Ball Where: Post-ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center Who's expected: 1,500 VIP guests including Oscar nominees and winners, for whom this is a requisite first stop following the ceremony Why you don't want to miss it: Guests will enter this into year's art-themed extravaganza (designed by Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland and Sequoia's Cheryl Cecchetto) to find 170 caricatures spotlighting film luminaries. Fifty inventive dishes by Wolfgang Puck, paired with six Sterling Vineyards premium Napa wines, also aim to revive old Hollywood glamour (think chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles and a chocolate dessert bar boasting 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars).
Vanity Fair Oscar Party Where: 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills Who's expected: Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter and a tight concentration of Hollywood A-Listers Why you don't want to miss it: Last year, Jay Z held court behind bouncers with Beyonce (who received a kiss on the cheek from John Travolta); Reese Witherspoon offered fellow lead actress nom Julianne Moore a victory cheeseburger; Jared Leto took a selfie with Jeff Goldblum; and Benedict Cumberbatch kept a hand on his then-pregnant wife's belly. The location for all the magic will remain the same, and given the extraordinary amount of star power, guests are even allotted exact arrival times.
Madonna's Bash Where: Routinely at Guy Oseary's estate Who's expected: Notorious partygoers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Hudson have frequented in the past, and Sean Penn's a safe guess after the Material Girl did him a solid by singing at his Help Haiti Home gala Why you don't want to miss it: Gucci sponsors this late-lasting star-fest, which usually means goodies like personalized luggage and designer shades for everyone.
Suite Retreats Here's where Oscar nominees, presenters and guests will get glammed, gifted and ready to walk the year's glitziest red carpet.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Secret Room Events' Red Carpet Style and Beauty Lounge Feb. 23 Noon-8 p.m. private location Posh perks: Refreshments from Wolfgang Puck, Skinny Girl and the Perfect Bite will keep Oscar nominees and presenters nourished as they enjoy manicures, massages, makeup applications, facials and other spa services. Beauty products, GoBagco exotic leather bags, Herkimar Diamonds, 5-star luxury stays (to exotic places including Anguilla, Costa Rica, Thailand and South Africa) and more will be gifted to guests -- and board games and toys will be doled out to little ones who come along.
Madison & Mulholland's Gift Bag Display Noon-7 p.m. Feb. 23-26 RetroSpecs in Beverly Hills Posh Perks: Madison & Mulholland's ultimate $20,000 gift bag -- packed with an extravagant trip to Antigua, Pratesi luxury linens, Le Metier de Beaute, Travelon luggage, RetroSpecs and more -- will be displayed in-store during this Oscar week event. Nominees and presenters will get one hand-delivered, but other interested parties may bid on them through eBay, to benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation for cancer research.
Forevermark's Exclusive Preview Feb. 23-26, private location Posh Perks: Get a dazzling look at the diamonds in the 2016 Oscar Red Carpet Collection.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Roger Neal Style Hollywood 20th Annual Beauty & Couture Academy Award Suite 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 25-26 Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Rodeo Drive penthouse Posh Perks: Over 200 stars, including 16 Oscar nominees, are expected to check out DiPaula Designs and O'Blanc couture gowns, Esther Eyre jewelry, Personal Touch Lingerie and Marcelo Calabrese handbags. They can also receive eyelash extensions, facials, massages and other pampering services. They'll walk with a gift bag worth $23k, and the joy of supporting the John Ritter Foundation.
StyleLab's Jewelry Suite 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25-26 luxury location in Beverly Hills Posh Perks: Academy Award nominees and presenters can select one-of-a-kind killer jewelry pieces, from multimillion-dollar necklaces to stunning rare gemstones, with guidance from sage style expert Michael O'Connor.
Vanity Fair, Lancome and Clarisonic Makeup Artist Spa Day 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel Posh Perks: Lancome, Clarisonic and Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell will come together again for this intimate invite-only makeup session benefitting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Debbie Durkin's EcoLuxe Pre-Oscars Celebrity Luxury Lounge Noon-6 p.m. lounge; 8-10 p.m. party the Stardust Penthouse at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Posh perks: After sampling beauty and spa services and stylish goods such as Chariot Travelware, Shirtwaist Inc. designs by Fashion Designer Sharon Boucher, Burnetie Shoes and Fete Petite Sirah wine, this lively eco-friendly celebrity and pet lounge will turn into a bustling Salute to the Oscar Nominees party hosted by Shriners Hospital for Children -- Los Angeles.
Kari Feinstein's Oscar Style Lounge presented by Lifx Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 25-26 Siren Studios Posh Perks: This suite's regular rotation of stars will score goodies from Scarlet & Gold Shop, Votivo, Lifx, Amada Blakely Skincare, Neturatone, Bioderma and Panache -- plus beverages from Honig Winery, Jamba Juice and Essentia Water, to stay hydrated.
Friday, Feb. 26
GBK's Pre-Oscar Awards Celebrity Gifting Suite 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 26-27 the London West Hollywood Posh perks: Oscar nominees, presenters and attendees will be treated to top-of-the-line electronics, heath and beauty goods, luxurious trips and other high-end surprises.
Charmaine Blake Ultra Gold Award Gifting Suite 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 26 location TBD Posh Perks: Guests will leave with an assortment of Quantum Dynamics bracelets, Jeansxy denim jean leggings, anti-aging serum, alcohol, perfume, and various beauty products. Jewels and dresses for the red carpet will also be available on loan, and spa services and botox are another in-suite perk.
Chanel "I Love Coco": A Backstage Beauty Lounge Noon-7 p.m. Feb. 26-28 Bar Marmont Posh Perks: The all-access beauty event will pamper VIPs with manis and makeup featuring products like Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour and Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine (and they had us at Chanel).
Saturday, Feb. 27
The Official Hospitality Suites at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Feb. 27 Backstage at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Posh perks: Stars will be draped in jewels in the Piaget Lounge and will feel like taking flight in the
American Airlines Lounge -- all while enjoying Heineken beers, Effen Vodka and Breyers Gelato Indulgences during the spirited show.