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LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event
producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to
create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences’ official post-Oscar® celebration, which will
immediately follow the 88th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday,
February 28.  The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and
nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

Inspired by the caricature-filled walls of the iconic Sardi’s and
Brown Derby restaurants, the Ball’s décor will feature more than 170
newly commissioned drawings spotlighting filmmaking luminaries past and
present, including many who appear in this year’s
Oscar-nominated films.

“The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is art – the art of
making film, and the individuals who create the art,” said Kurland. 
“You will see drawings created by contemporary illustrators that are
reminiscent of Hirschfeld’s wonderful
portraits.  They truly capture the energy and sheer joy of the evening’s

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the
décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to
be worn by the evening’s staff.  Kurland is an acclaimed costume
designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,”
“Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s
Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “Tomorrowland.”  He
received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets
over Broadway.”  This will be Kurland’s seventh year serving as
Governors Ball chair.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work
with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including
décor, entertainment, food and personnel.  Sequoia Productions’ clients
include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission
Bay.  This will be Cecchetto’s 27th consecutive year producing the
Governors Ball.

Master chef Wolfgang Puck will set the culinary stage with a
Governors Ball menu drawing upon vintage and contemporary Hollywood
glamour.  The menu will feature more than 50 imaginative dishes, from
one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed
throughout the
evening.  They include Sriracha-candied macadamia nuts; braised short
rib with cauliflower puree and golden raisin puffed Thai rice;
tortellini with artichoke fromage; white grape almond gazpacho; rye
berry risotto with peas and asparagus; poke, stone crab, made-to-order
sushi and other raw bar
treats floating atop illuminated ice blocks; and a selection of Puck’s
signature favorites, such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with
shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged
cheddar.  This year’s dynamic pastry team includes Della Gossett,
Spago’s executive pastry chef; Kamel Guechida, corporate director of
pastry for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group; and Tyler Atwell,
executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering.  They will offer
innovative and elegant desserts such as pistachio crêpes with
strawberry-Champagne foam and crumbled pistachio; caramelia shot with
maple cream, muscovado couscous and coffee sorbet; chocolate passion
layer cake with chocolate biscuit speculoos and banana ice cream; plus a
chocolate dessert bar featuring Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold
Oscars.  Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than
900 event staff through the evening’s detailed logistics and hospitality
experience.  This is Puck’s 22nd consecutive year creating the menu for
the Governors Ball.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre®
at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised
live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar
presentation also will be televised live in more than 225
countries and territories worldwide.

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