In a pandemic year when award shows faced unprecedented challenges, the Oscars brought back red-carpet glamour and made history in diversity and inclusion. Chloé Zhao won the best director for “Nomadland,” becoming the first woman of color to win the award, and the second woman ever to win. Yuh-Jung Youn became the first Korean actress to win an acting Oscar, for her supporting role in “Minari.”
Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) won a third best-actress Oscar, and Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) won for best actor over the late Chadwick Boseman, who had been heavily favored. “Nomadland” won best picture and “Soul,” which took home the best animated feature award, is also Pixar’s first film to feature a Black character in the lead.
Although most pre and post Oscar events were limited due to social distancing, check out hottest pre-Oscar gifting suites during the 93rd Academy Awards weekend.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
GBK Brand Bar & eOn Mist 2021 Oscars Lounge
eOn Sanitizing Mist, hosted a COVID-safe four-day luxury celebrity wellness gifting lounge, presented by GBK Brand Bar and Kailo Pain Patch, in honor of the 2021 Academy Awards. The event flowed through different areas of the La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood. Celebrities in attendance included Viola Davis, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Kesha, Angela Bassett, Anthony Anderson and many more.
Guests were treated to state-of-the-art healthcare technology with Kailo Pain Patch, which uses innovative technology to treat pain without drugs. Artist Johnathan Schultz created 18k gold infinity boxes, which were done using each celebrity’s hand. All individually signed, curated and one-of-a-kind.
Other brands that were gifting amazing items included Beverly Hills Spine & Rehab packages, Cabo Couture, CALM by ComfyCozy Boutique diffusers, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas package, Gastro Garage dinner for 2, Merci Life beauty drink, Vice Bake Shop cookies, Yassi’s Butta organic salve, and more. GBK Brand Bar always partners with several charities for each lounge and this year’s Oscars lounge partners were World Central Kitchen, World Wildlife Fund and Goodwill of Southern California.
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Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe “Drive Thru” Luxury Experience
In celebration of the Oscars, Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe “Drive Thru” Luxury Experience was hosted at The Beverly Hilton. With a safe, fun and groundbreaking ‘Drive-Thru’ concept, guests were treated to gifts from Floafers, RevealU, Mó Eyewear, Ace Beaute, and John Paul Pet Products. Guests also received a Beverly Hilton Taittinger Champagne takeout brunch. The event benefitted local non-profit Wagmor Pets.
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