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Inside The Oscar’s Governors Ball: Remembering Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier & More



Amazing food, great decor and remembering Hollywood greats.

On Wednesday morning, HipHollywood got a sneak peek inside the Governor’s Ball, the official post-Osar celebration at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. From incredible floral arrangements to spectacular center pieces, the room will be filled with photos of actors, timeless moments and glamour that has defined Hollywood.

“Your love of cinema should come alive when you walk into this room,” the Academy’s governor, Jeffrey Kurland told us. “When you walk into this room, you should be in awe of the people, the images that are engulfing you.”

The Academy was heavily criticized for the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees, however, the Governor’s Ball will be paying tribute to some of the greats, including Hattie McDaniel, Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier.

“What we did was we said ‘lets look at all the talent.’ How can you not acknowledge Hattie McDaniel. There’s just no way. She’s so talented,” the event’s producer, Cheryl Cecchetto told us. “I think it’s important that all people are acknowledged. No matter what your race or your age or your whatever. I think that talent is talent in the film business and that’s how I think we all look at it.”

Following the awards ceremony, 1500 guests, including winners and nominees, will make their way into the ballroom where they will also enjoy a delicious menu provided by world renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck. “We are going to have 32 different dishes, from modern dishes to very traditional dishes,” Wolfgang said. “Some people always want our chicken pot pie or our mini kobe burger.”

Which we had a chance to try and all we can say is … heavenly!

The Oscars air on February 22 on ABC. Will you be watching?

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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