IS IT HYDE – OR THE GOVERNOR'S BALL?
The Academy of Motion Pictures has always been offended by the fact that after the Oscar ceremony, the Governor’s Ball is not well attended. Everybody seems to rush off to fashionable parties around town and they often skip the Ball. Celebrities who DO attend the Ball often do so only long enough to pose for photographs and maybe nibble an appetizer. In spite of the fact that the academy spends a fortune on the Ball and has Wolfgang Puck in the kitchen, the turnout is not so impressive. So this year they decided to make the extravagant event more like a hip club. Lots of couches and seating areas and bars, and NO MORE of those formal sit down dinner tables – instead, buffet tables manned by chefs. More casual and fun is a good idea – but parties like Vanity Fair are still a hard act to beat.