Celebrating the Oscars in the Big Apple

Monday, March 08, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Oscar may be Hollywood's biggest night, but that doesn't mean the celebration can't extend to the Big Apple.

The Academy held its annual shindig on the East Coast inside Gilt at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, where Oscar nominees and winners convened to watch the 82nd annual telecast.

The night started with an intimate cocktail reception where passion fruit champagne cocktails flowed freely and guests munched on Gilt's signature truffle fries. Best Actress Nominee alums Sylvia Miles ("Midnight Cowboy") and Catalina Sandino Moreno ("Maria Full of Grace") mingled with Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who won Best Original Screenplay for "Milk" last year, and legendary actress Celeste Holm, who took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in Gentlemen's Agreement in 1947.

"The Stepford Wives'" Tina Louise, best known for her role as Ginger Grant on the hit '70s TV series "Gilligan's Island" and still a fiery redhead knockout at 76, said there was only one person could play her
in the upcoming feature version of the series. "I'd love to play my own role," she declared. The actress, who volunteers with children in the New York City public school system, also spoke of her latest book, "What Does A Bee Do."

Guests then convened on the main ballroom for a 10-course meal corresponding with the ten Best Picture nominations. The dishes, conceived by Gilt executive chef Justin Bogle and pastry chief David Carmichael, included a three-course beet plate served on a chalkboard for An Education; a foie gras bomb for Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker," and a blueberry compote, complete with a pulled sugar Navi for "Avatar."

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