Oscar nominees, celebrities and entertainment industry VIPs celebrated the upcoming 88th Academy Awards ® (February 28, 2016) at Doris Bergman’s Eight Annual Valentine Romance Oscar ® Style Lounge at the famous Fig and Olive restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday. To take you there, here is the inside scoop on the stars, celebrity gifts and movie fun.
Guests included Oscar Nominees Vanessa Cloke (“The Big Short” Best Picture Nominee), Cas Anvar (“Room” Best Picture Nominee), and Brionne Davis (“Embrace of the Serpent” Best Foreign Film Nominee), who joined George Chakiris (Oscar Winner “West Side Story”), Kelsey Scott (“12 Years A Slave”, Best Picture), Sarah Scott (“The Artist”, Best Picture), Golden Globe Nominee Evan Brinkman (“Trainwreck”), and Golden Globe and GRAMMY Nominee Frank Stallone (“Stayin’ Alive”).
It was also fun to see TV stars and multiple Emmy Winner Marilu Henner (“Taxi”), Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”), Adina Porter (“The Newsroom”), Angela Gots (“Madame Secretary”) and Lizzy Small (“Spare Parts”). Robin Givens, Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), John Savage (“The Deer Hunter”), Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Keesha Sharp (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”) and other stars were busy mingling with industry VIPS.
Along with a gourmet lunch in the main Fig and Olive dining room, celebrities enjoyed an elaborate gifting experience in the courtyard that was tented due to the chance of rain.
Twisted Silver was by far the most popular celebrity gift stop in the center of the room. Their distinct bracelets, necklaces and rings for men and women looked stunning on everyone. Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”) was laughing doing the “Tree of Life” move with their founder Debra Mitchell.
Cas Anvar (“Room” Best Picture Nominee) was busy checking out the 2-Minute Club hair styling products with 100% Argan oil with their Marketing Director Michelle Appelbaum. We saw Cas last summer at Comic-Con International, and it was great to congratulate him on being part of a Best Picture nominated film.
We also saw Sarah Scott (“The Artist”, Best Picture) checking out Personal Touch Lingerie that was a popular stop for this Valentine-themed celebration of the Oscars.
Kelsey Scott (“12 Years a Slave”, Best Picture) was celebrating the Oscars with BFF Malik Middleton. He looked like a Hip Hop Artist, and asked to switch glasses with us for a fun photo opp.
Evan Brinkman (“Trainwreck”) had a big grin while taking photos with Fit For A Belle Yoga Wear Founder Megan Williams in their Instagram frame. Megan explained that their strong women’s fitness apparel has gotten a lot of traction (pun intended) using social media. To see all the photos from this event, check out #BergmanOscars on all social media sites.
Frank Stallone (“Rocky”) had fun talking to fellow Italian and Sicilian Debbi DiMaggio (“The Art of Real Estate”). Debbi was there to celebrate her cousin Joe DiMaggio’s love for Marilyn Monroe. Debbi was also gifting her book and chocolate truffles, and Frank came back for seconds. As a Realtor to the Stars, Debbi featured her latest listing in the Bay Area that is the mansion in the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” that starred Will Smith.
We also had a blast checking out the SingleDress.com. They were gifting spring dresses and blouses with camera-ready colors and styles. Since our favorite color is pink, we were naturally drawn to the raspberry colored cocktail dress that you could dress up for the evening or wear to an Oscar luncheon.
Adina Porter (HBO “The Newsroom”) was admiring the Handmade Hearts By Hillel glass jewelry. Laguna Beach Heartist Hillel created a hearts display in the shape of a heart, and later changed it to a peace sign that was a hit.
Fashion Designer Sue Wong’s Couture Gowns and Fragrance were also featured at this event. Vincent Spano (“Law and Order”) was checking out these popular Oscar-style dresses with his girlfriend.
“My Saint My Hero” Founder Marisa Marshall was back gifting their popular Blessing Bracelets. Each bracelet has a healing feature. For example, for the “Breathe Bracelet”, you want to “run your fingers along the simple string, grasp the medal and breathe.”
Emmy Nominee Patrika Darbo (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) met with Yoga Guru Mahankirn Kaur, who specializes in home healing. Mahankirn can help “radically improve mood and reduce stress”, and gave healing sessions in the middle of a very busy room. We could feel the powerful vibration from Mahankirn, similar to what we felt for Amma The Hugging Saint. She is an Intuitive Healer, Yogi, Author, and we can’t wait to check out her Three Min Start ®.
Tilda DelToro (“Our Brand is Crisis”), John Savage (“The Deer Hunter”) and Actress/Model Blanca Blanco were among guests who signed the FOX 11 poster for the featured charity Wednesday’s Child that supports children in foster care waiting to be adopted. You can watch the FOX 11 coverage from this event next Wednesday night February 24, 2016.
Overall, Doris Bergman really knows how to create a magical movie celebration. When we ran into Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), the only thing that came out immediately was a big smile and “Who you gonna call?” And Ernie just laughed, and then let everyone take photos with him.
Many thanks to all the additional sponsors, who included NuBra, The Auto Gallery, Maserati Ghibli, McLaren, The Center For Aesthetic Dentistry, Arbonne, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, Spongelle, Josh Cellars Wine, Azul Imperial Tequila, Rekorderlig Cider, Hint Water, Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers, Rocker Laura Wilde & Ascend Cleanse, Kaya Di Koko, Single Underwear for Men, Faux Pas Women’s Wear, Di Snapback Chapeaus, Masterpan, Veved Ice Vodka, Blue Can Water, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Cultures For Health, Basics Wallets and VIP Gift Bags provided by MD Sun Skin Care.
Enjoy the live coverage of the 88th Academy Awards ® on February 28th on ABC starting at 4pm PST / 7pm EST, and join us in a toast to all the nominees and teams behind the stars!
© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist