Academy governor Lois Burwell, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will team to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration, which will immediately follow the 92nd Oscars ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 9. The ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.
Harmony and relaxation inspire the design for the 92nd Oscars Governors Ball. The color palette will be a soothing mix of copper and bronze metallic, with accents of eggplant and amethyst. The ballroom will be lit by 2,000 tubes of light in a floating chandelier made from recycled materials in varying finishes and textures.
For the third time as the Academy’s Awards and events committee chair, Burwell will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning of the ball. An acclaimed makeup artist, she won an Oscar for her work on “Braveheart” and earned a nomination for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “The Princess Bride,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Ready Player One.” Burwell, a member of the Academy since 1997, is currently serving her second term as makeup artists and hairstylists branch governor and holds the office of first vice president on the Academy’s board of governors.
In her 31st year producing the Governors Ball, Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions will collaborate with Burwell on every aspect of the production, from concept to design, from on-site construction to day-of execution and management. In collaboration with a diverse group of designers, technicians, administrators and managers, the Sequoia team will work on-site and behind the scenes on blending décor, catering, entertainment, staffing and logistics into a winning guest experience.
For the 26th consecutive year, legendary chef Puck and the Wolfgang Puck Catering team will set the culinary stage for Hollywood’s biggest night. Puck, Vice President of Culinary Eric Klein and a kitchen team of 200 will bring a menu of more than 70 imaginative dishes to life with 70% of them being plant-based. One-bite hors d’oeuvres, tray-passed small-plate entrees and action stations will feature vegan dishes such as sweet potato tempura with mint cilantro aioli, maitake mushroom salad with eggplant baba ghanoush, and housemade campanelle pasta with preserved Meyer lemon, artichokes and English peas, alongside additional new dishes such as beet macaron with herb goat cheese, cacio e pepe macaroni and cheese, and winter spice French toast with pumpkin crème brûlée. On the sweeter side, the pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Garry Larduinat and Jason Lemmonier will create nearly three-dozen show-stopping desserts. In addition to the signature 24K-gold-dusted chocolate Oscars will be dozens of chocolate desserts created with Valrhona’s Inspiration and Guanaja vegan chocolates. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than 900 event staff through the evening’s intricately detailed logistics to deliver a true restaurant-style hospitality experience.
For more information on the food, beverages and décor of the Governors Ball, visit http://www.oscars.org/press/governors-ball.
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.
The 92nd Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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