Oscars 2014: The Parties

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They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but I'm pretty sure Los Angeles near and far took that title during awards season with the endless events and celebrations that went on leading up to awards like the Oscars. And of course just like the Golden Globes, this week was no different in the Hollywood scene. With so many celebrations to take part in daily, I break down below some of my favorites from this week.

Oscars week started off with a bang with things like Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Auction Presented by Mercedes-Benz. Coming back from their previous uber successful Art of Elysium Gala in January, this more intimate yet equally special setting brought the same good vibes and successful charity efforts like the others had in the past. Filling the space with beautiful artwork from some of the most talented artists, crowds got excited taking part of the auction to raise money for such great causes. The week continued with things like the epicly well-known 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscar Gala & Tournament where some of our favorite celebs like Kevin Jonas and Jon Hamm came together to play a mean game of dominos all in the name of raising money with the Artists of Peace and Justice for impoverished communities in Haiti. With people in attendance from Kate Beckinsale to Adrien Brody, and intimate performances including that of Rumer Willis, this was definitely one of those charity events you didn't want to miss out on. Hitting the town the same night across the way was yet another must-be at event with unite4:good's first ever unite4:humanity event in association with Variety which honored those in the industry for their philanthropic efforts. Hosted by Andy Samberg and special remarks by Jane Fonda, this event had everyone from Bill Clinton to Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Selena Gomez along with a side of amazing performances by Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato.  At the Sofitel Hotel guests came together to commemorate and celebrate Tom Hanks and his cover and editorial for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine while at the Andaz Hotel, Kari Feinstein's Oscar Style Lounge stirred about yet again another of her must-go-to successful gifting suites featuring brands like Mulia Resort- Nusa Dua, Bali, Crystal Light Liquid, and Red Carpet Manicures. Wanted your fix of the celebrating the Oscars with some of the most stylishly fabulous fashionistas? QVC had you covered with their 5th Annual Red Carpet Style where they brought their shopping experience to life by uniquely airing the segment live on QVC as the event itself was taking place. With people like George Kotsiopoulos interviewing celebs on the red carpet and heavy fashion hitters from Isaac Mizrahi to Nicole Richie in attendance, even the hard-hitting rain outside the tented location couldn't mistake one for actually feeling like they were in a fashion heaven. And as we round up the week with the actual night of the Oscars, that was of course the biggest night to go out and hit the scene. From the obviously given hot after party tickets including InStyle, Vanity Fair, and Madonna or Elton John's parties, there was also another one in town thrown with a charity twist by Fame and Philanthropy where visionary James Cameron spoke to raise money, where Halle Berry and Charlize Theron (with beau Sean Penn) were in attendance to support, and Paris Hilton and Ne-Yo performed.

I think it's safe to say this week was nothing short of busy times and successful efforts by all of Hollywood's best to not only celebrate the accomplishments of those in this week's Oscars race, but to help make a difference and to raise money and support causes in different fields. And now I think it's even safer to say that after all of this... we're all ready to take a big long nap.

oscar parties art of elysium The crowd getting ready for the auction at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

oscar parties qvc nicole richie Nicole Richie looking stunner per usual at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties hollywood domino Celebrity guest hosts in the midst of a game of dominos at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties paris hilton Paris Hilton throwing it down at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Gala

oscar gifting suites jessica szhor Jessica Szhor trying on some Jewelry by Veronique jewels at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

sprinkles cupcakes art of elysium Some yummy mini Sprinkles bites at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

tom hanks oscars Stacks on stacks of Tom Hanks in honor of his cover for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

oscar parties demi lovato selena gomez Besties Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez hanging out at unite4:humanity

oscar parties kat grahan Kat Graham looking amazing at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties robert de niro martin scorsese Robert De Niro awarding Martin Scorsese with the Creative Commitment in Film Award at unite4:humanity

oscar parties The ambiance setting at the Sofitel Hotel celebrating Tom Hanks and Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

oscar parties andy samberg jane fonda robert f kennedy julia louis dreyfus cheryl hines Andy Samberg, Jane Fonda, Robert F. Kennedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Cheryl Hines taking a quick pic together at unite4:humanity

trista sutter bachelorette Trista Sutter strutting a post at the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine celebration

rumer willis oscars Rumer Willis taking the stage at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties zendaya Zendaya rocking probably one of my top favorite outfits of the week at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Party

oscar parites vanessa hudgens kevin jonas jon hamm Kevin Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jon Hamm throwing in a quick chat between dominos at the 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties kristin chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth strutting a pose with her Red Carpet Manicure goodies at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

oscar parties whitney port nick cannon jenna dewan Whitney Port, Nick Cannon, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum striking a pose at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties Stylish guest sporting Google glasses and the Hollywood Domino app at 7th Annual Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Pre-Oscars Gala

oscar parties james cameron James Cameron speaking at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscars Party

rose mcgown oscars Rose McGowan and artist Davey Detail at Art of Elysium's Pieces of Heaven Presented by Mercedes-Benz

oscar parties bella thorne Bella Thorne gathering a heart sign at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties cody simpson Cody Simpson and girlfriend Gigi Hadid celebrating their win of a stay at Mulai Resort in Bali at Kari Feinstein’s Oscars Style Lounge

oscar parties stacy keibler Stacy Keibler looking pretty as always at QVC's 5th Annual Red Carpet Style

oscar parties alicia keys Alicia Keys belting out a medley of her top hits at unite4:humanity

Fashionlaine Friday: Oscars Flashback

oscars acceptance speech The final stretch of the major award season is amongst  us with the ever so coveted Academy Awards this Sunday. But why are the Oscars such a big deal you may ask? Sure, people can say it's all about the fancy and stunning dresses we see grace the beautiful red carpet or it's because we get to see all of our favorite A-list actors and actresses from Leonardo DiCaprio to Meryl Streep sit in a room all together. But to me and to many others, the Oscars are so important because they represent that sign of accomplishment and achievement that anyone in the film industry can only dream of. I mean... I'm not even close to being an actress and I can only imagine what that would be like! Like any Olympic athlete that devotes their lives to training years and years on end to get to the level of being in the Olympics let alone winning a bronze, silver, or gold medal-- actors, directors, producers, and writers too devote years of their lives to just one movie to perfectly get their visions, statements, words, and expressions across. So making just one movie alone and having that even becoming successful is a triumph in itself. And then to go on to even being nominated for an Oscar or more so win one? Now, that's such a dream that not many can easily say has become a reality.

So to me, the Oscars are the best because you actually get to see the immediate emotions and feelings these hardworking and talented people go through as they see their work and dreams finally being recognized and appreciated. And while many try to be graceful as they go up to accept their award, there's always been one acceptance moment and speech that has always been ingrained in my mind as the symbol as to what the Oscars really mean.

For those who haven't seen the movie "Life Is Beautiful", I highly recommend you getting on your Netflix or hopping to a local movie rental store ASAP.