Getting Oscar-ready may require fittings, special diets and fitness training sessions. However, the gifting suites and lounges in Los Angeles held in the days leading up to the Academy Awards also ensure celebs get pampered with manicures, spray tans and facials while browsing for accessories to wear on the red carpet like watches, jewelry and handbags. They also get showered with free gifts from vendors ready to offer nominees everything from luxury resort trips, to face creams, to headphones and more.
The freebie fest kicks off Wednesday and runs through Saturday, the day before the 87th Annual Academy Awards air on Sunday. And don’t worry if you don’t take home a statue because one company is even offering a “loser gift bag” this year that will make you feel like a winner. Below is just a taste of what there is to offer, as other yet-to-be announced lounges are still readying their invites. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to RSVP!
Roger Neal Style Hollywood Beauty & Couture Suite
Date: Wednesday Feb. 18 to Friday Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills.
Highlights: On-site services include manicures, spray tanning, massages and hairstyling. Lingerie designer Ronda Shear will be unveiling her new line of couture gowns at the suite. Stars will get thank-you gift bags containing, among other items, a stay at the Belleek Castle in Ireland.
Past Attendees: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, past Oscar nominees including Quvenzhane Wallis and Annie Mumolo and Oscar winners such as actress Marcia Gay Harden, make-up artist Robin Mathews, and filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius.
Expected Guests: Oscar nominees such as producer Helen Estabrook (Whiplash), composer Johann Johansson (The Theory of Everything) and songwriter Dianne Warren (Beyond the Lights).
Kari Feinstein’s Pre-Academy Awards Style Lounge Presented By Painted Woman By Kameco
Date: Thursday Feb. 19th and Friday Feb. 20th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.
Highlights: Painted Woman by Kameo will be giving services from their blow out, beauty and nail bars. Stars can pick-up Chariot luggage, OtterBox phone and tablet cases, and trips to the Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas.
Past Attendees: Oscar winner Adrian Brody, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Jeremy Piven, Michael B. Jordan, Olivia Munn, Dominic Monaghan, Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Expected Guests: Aaron Paul, Gina Rodriguez, Rashida Jones, Cloris Leachman, Fred Melamed, former basketball player Rick Fox and Sports Illustrated model Gigi Hadid.
Secret Room Events Beauty Bar and Luxury Lounge
Date: Friday February 20th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the W Hotel in Westwood.
Highlights: Trips to resorts and cruises to Budapest, Bahamas, Cook Islands and Thailand. Swim and resort wear from Letarte, Murad skincare, and Swarovski encrusted sandals by Uzurri.
Past Attendees: Oscar nominees James Woods and Bruce Dern, and Oscar winners such as screenwriter John Ridley, editor Christopher Rouse and sound engineers Christopher Benstead and Niv Adiri.
Gbk Pre-Oscar Awards
Date: Thursday February 20th and Friday February 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at L’Ermitage Hotel.
Highlights: Trips to resorts in India and Waikiki, gift certificates for teeth whitening and solar chargers.
Past Attendees: Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Chris Tucker, Penny Marshall, Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic medalist Gracie Gold, Bruce Greenwood.
Expected Guests: Oscar nominated filmmakers Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and composer Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner).
Tmg Beauty & Style Destination Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge
Date: Thursday Feb. 20 through Saturday Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Penthouse Suites.
Highlights: Services include everything from custom caviar facials to brow shaping to lash extensions. There will be a jewelry lounge and a kid’s lounge with Strawberry Shortcake collection dolls and organic baby products.
Past Attendees: Dan Bucatinsky, Oscar nominated filmmakers Jennifer Nelson Yuh and Melissa Cobb.
Expected Guests: Oscar nominees including costumer designer Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel), hair and make designers Frances Hannon (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher).
DEBBIE DURKIN’S ECOLUXE LOUNGE
Date: Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Stardust Penthouse.
Highlights: This suite focuses on being eco-friendly while pampering and gifting guests. There will be a blow-dry bar, organic spray tans, and “glamping” vacations from Under Canvas to such locations as Glacier Park, Yellowstone and the Moab Desert.
Past Attendees: Penny Marshall, Oscar winner Robert Lopez and past nominees like producer Reginald Hudlin, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, director Chris Butler and producer Arianne Sutner.
Expected Guests: Oscar nominees like sound mixer Ben Wilkins (Whiplash) and screenwriter E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher), and make-up and hair nominees Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
Wow Creations Lifestyle Gifting Retereat
Date: Saturday Feb. 21 at the Luxe Hotel’s Rodeo Penthouse from 10 a.m .to 5 p.m.
Highlights: Portable kettleball workout system from Koreball, Radar watches, anti-aging products from EMK Placenta, luxury towels from Grand Maison de Blanc and faux-fur vests from designer Kathy Fielder.
Past Attendees: Neil Patrick Harris, Oscar winning film editor Christopher Rouse and Oscar nominated make-up designer Joel Harlow.
Expected Guests: Past nominees Barkhad Abdi and June Squibb, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and boxer Victor Ortiz.
Distinctive Assets “Everybody Wins At The Oscars” Gift Bag
Nominees in the actor and director categories that do not win the gold statuette won’t leave empty handed. Rather, they will receive a gift bag valued in excess of $125,000 from Distinctive Assets.
Among the items are stays at the Villa Armea Luxury Hotel in Tuscany (pictured left), a years worth of Audi car service rentals from Silvercar, and Lipo-Light treatments that use non-invasive L.E.D light technology to help lose inches off the body.
Halo Natural Pet Food will also be making 10,000 meal donations in celebs’ names to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice, something that last year’s “loser” nominees Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Barkhad Abdi and June Squibb redeemed.