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Several hotel chains and tourism boards across the country are jumping on the Oscar bandwagon this week, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the world of a Best Picture nominated film, The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has the package for you.
Most Oscars events are invite-only, but there are still a few you can crash even if you don't have any connections or a nominated film.
Many celebs who can't get into the Dolby Theater for Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony will attend the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event includes dinner and an open bar, but tickets are limited (and very expensive).
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Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer may have won big last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, but Oscar or not, all of those nominated will be taking home a swaggy gift bag filled with $62,000 worth of goodies. As usual, travel freebies are responsible for many of those zeros, and as we do every year, we're highlighting them.
The 2012 gift bag isn't near as awesome as those of the last two years, which included items like Virgin Atlantic status, Virgin Galactic space flights, a Montana ranch experience and 4 days at a Maldives resort, but stillthe celebs aren't doing too badly for themselves with these items:
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Now that the Academy Awards are over and the celebrities have fled to their vacation homes to bask in the glory of a owning a statuette or wallow in self-pity for losing, we can talk about what everybody at the Oscars got regardless: the swag bag. Winners, losers...everybody gets gifted with free stuff! Last year's gift bag was valued at $91,000; will this year's top it?
The answer to that is YES, and in only the first item! Natalie Portman, et al., were handed a chance to go to space with Virgin Galactic along with a scale model of the craft. The orbital space flight gift is worth $200,000. We wonder who'll redeem that voucher? Colin Firth in spaaaaccceee...
Even though the Academy Awards have all been handed out and some celebrities are back to wearing their pajamas, you might still need a little more of an Oscar fix over the next few days. There’s no Oscar Museum yet—they’re working on one—but you can always visit the home of the award ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. There won’t be any famous faces or thankfully any hosts—was it just us, or were Franco and Hathaway just awful?—but there are plenty of the golden statues.
The theatre is still hard at work cleaning things up after all of the weekend’s festivities, so you have to wait to take your tour until this Saturday. Once the tours open back up, you can expect a 30-minute tour through the facility where you can stop to in the George Eastman VIP Room and other spots where the in-crowd hangs out before and after the show. If you’re lucky they might even let you walk out onto the stage, but just remember not to start in with your acceptance speech.
If you missed any of the ten films nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, AMC Theatres is giving you one more chance to see them all on the big screen.
More than 100 AMC Theatres around the country will show all 10 movies, split between the next two Saturdays, February 19 & 26. Though you won't be able to bring in your own food, they will be giving everyone a gift card to use on concessions throughout the day and they will also being holding movie-related contests between movies.
You might have noticed last night that there were very few D-list actors and actresses peppering the front-most rows at the Academy Awards, and that the real stars took front and center. Happily, you have Paris Fashion Week to thanks for the absence of random people like Lindsay Lohan and P. Diddy, who were too busy schmoozing in the fashion show front rows than taking up valuable aisle seats at the Oscars.
Still, there is one girl who expertly makes the jetsetting jump from Paris Fashion Week to the Academy Awards in LA, and that's Charlize Theron. The South African beauty is one of the current faces of fashion house Christian Dior and thus was practically required to show up at the fashion show in Paris only a few days ago, and then follow it up with a red carpet and presenting appearance at the Oscars in Los Angeles donning a Dior dress (which subsequently landed her on the worst dressed lists).
But we've still a couple days yet to go with Paris Fashion Week, so to spot the Z-listers who weren't invited to the Oscars, you should head to these Five Paris Tourist Sites Affected by Fashion Week, and say hello to the likes of Chris Brown for us, okay?
· The Top 5 Paris Tourist Sites Affected by Fashion Week [Jaunted]
· Fashion Travel [Jaunted]
Don't feel too bad for Gabourey Sidibe, George Clooney or the other Oscar nominees who lost last night. Even though they're losers in the 2010 Academy Awards, they still get to take home a sweet "condolence" gift bag worth $91,000 to help ease their pain.
The gift bag includes lots of awesome getaways, like a $45,000 African safari trip complete with personal chef at the Lions Sands Game Preserve in South Africa, a $14,500 stay at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel in Monaco and a rustic getaway at the Winvian Luxury Hotel in Connecticut worth $17,000.
Prepare to be super jealous (and a little angry at what the stars get handed to them), after the jump!
We promised we wouldn't drop the r-word again, but something must have attacked Hollywood to end up with such a blah year for dresses. The color everyone seemingly decided on was white -- and its brothers off-white and cream -- which looks great on the red carpet (and the women who wore it!) but just didn't make us say "wow." Even the world's first couple, Super World Travelers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, went for that other award-show standby -- black. (She was in Elie Saab.) There wasn't a swan gown in sight, and we feel kind of bad about that.
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So, you wanna take part in the Oscars but don’t have a nominated film, fancy gown or any Hollywood connections? Don't worry, there are still plenty of Oscar-related events for you too. Lindsay Lohan, you might want to take note.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences traditionally sets up bleachers along the red carpet so fans can watch all the stars arrive. Every September, they hold a week long online lottery giving away tickets for the spots. Anyone can put their name in but you have to have pretty good luck to win considering last year over 20,000 people entered but only 300 seats were available.
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Most homeowners these day are fretting over whether or not their house is still worth anything but the owners of the house featured in the Oscar-nominated movie (several times over), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" might not have much to worry about.
The house, located in the Garden district of New Orleans, is now on the market. According to the rental listing on Sotheby's, the 7,800-sq.ft. Victorian-era mansion has six bedrooms, six baths, central air and heat, a library, music room and reception hall. That's a far cry from the movie incarnation of the house which was a nursing home. And the listing price? $2.85 million.
The Sotheby's listing has a 30+ page slideshow of interiors photos of the house and you can practically see Brad Pitt as an old seven-year-old in his wheelchair on the porch. Or Oscar-nominated actress, Taraji P. Henson picking up an abandoned Benjamin Button on the home's back steps. However, if you are interested in buying the house, remember to put some money aside to furnish it.
Also, we're no real estate experts here but if we were the owners, we would hold out until after the Oscars is over. That way if the movie does win all 13 nominations, you could probably get at least your asking price. Of course, there's a chance the movie will only win one Oscar (and a lesser one like "Makeup.") Then you'll just have to use the "Brad Pitt was here" selling angle.
· 7,800 Sq. Ft Garden District Mansion! [Sotheby's]
· Oscar Nominations Announced [Jaunted]
· Movie Set Travel: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Jaunted]
"We have a new camera focused on the press, so try not to fall asleep," joked Michael Seligman, longtime Academy Awards producer in the waning minutes before this year's Oscar nominations were announced at 8:30 this morning. We're not actually in the room, but we're as restless as a basket of kittens over here. (Go Team Winslet!)
Best Picture: "The Reader" (set in Berlin); "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (New Orleans, mostly); "Frost/Nixon" (London), "Milk" (San Francisco) and "Slumdog Millionaire" (India).