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Academy Awards pre-parties are in full swing

February 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
It's just three days away from the Academy Awards ceremony. But the pre-parties in Hollywood are in full swing.

The Getty House is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's residence. But Thursday it was home to celebrity's biggest names because apparently the Academy Awards just isn't big enough. The Hollywood Reporter is hosted a kick-off party called "The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night."

Kevin Spacey, Amy Adams, John Cusack, Sharon Stone, Michael Mann and many others are on the guest list.

Of course this isn't the only hub of activity. Down around the Kodak Theatre crews are working feverishly to set up the bleachers, cameras and red carpet. There's just three days left before the stars work their way down that carpet and into the world's most famous film awards ceremony.

And all eyes are on the weather. The red carpet is protected, and there are plastic tents over the bleachers and other areas.

Also on Thursday, Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef for the post-Oscars Governor's Ball, gave the media a sneak peak of what he will be serving. Here's a hint, the chow will have the usual Oscar theme.

But Thursday the hottest ticket in town is the Hollywood Reporter party.

"This is a big deal," said Editorial Director Janice Min. "This is a big night to celebrate the nominees. Hollywood Reporter had a big makeover recently. This is the first event we are doing post-makeover. A lot of big names are going to be here, a lot of our own staff. It should be fun. To me this is the kickoff of the Oscar weekend."

The stars are getting a head start easing into a weekend full of parties.

This year's Oscar ceremony is set to air live on ABC7 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Check out a full list of Oscar nominations.

ABC7 and OnTheRedCarpet.com are your news sources for Oscars coverage. Live coverage from the Oscar red carpet begins at 2 p.m. PT. "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" broadcasts LIVE on ABC7. We're also streaming the show online and on the free On The Red Carpet iPad app, available now in iTunes.

When the last awards have been given out, watch continuing coverage of the Governor's Ball and all the Oscar night parties as "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" broadcasts LIVE on on ABC7. We're also streaming the show online and on the iPad app.

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