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Tuesday Round-Up, Part 2: Governors Ball news; Gottlieb wins WGAW Award

February 9, 2010 |  4:40 pm


What will the fabulous and infamous enjoy at this year's Governors Ball? Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will once again man the ovens for the 1,500 guests at the event, which takes place immediately after the 82nd Academy Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland; this year marks the 16th year Puck has created the menu for the Oscars. Winners and losers alike will feed on smoked salmon Oscars and pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted chocolate Oscars (do you sense a theme?). Well, if you're going to celebrate a career-topping success -- or drown your sorrows - -it should at least taste good.

Also in Governors Ball news: Oscar-nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland will make his debut as chairman for the event; his duties include overseeing the decor, the menu and the entertainment for the evening, as well as designing the outfits for the wait staff. He'll work with producer Cheryl Cechetto, who marks her 21st year in that position. This year's theme, according to Cechetto: a fusion of "innovative design elements reminiscent of the 1930s 'Streamline Moderne' style." Sounds very tony, as my mother might say.

Oh, and if all that swank isn't enough for this year's crop of Oscar winners, those lucky enough to take home a trophy will get one with personalized engraving that very evening. In previous years, winners were required to take their trophies to the academy to receive their engraved nameplates, but this year, the academy is creating 197 nameplates, one for every nominee in each category. After the winners are announced, the losing nameplates (yes, that sounds harsh, but let's call it like it is) will be recycled. Instant gratification -- and green, to boot!

Meanwhile, Carl Gottlieb is the latest honoree at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards' West Coast ceremony. Best known for co-writing the screenplay for "Jaws" with source novel author Peter Benchley (which earned him Golden Globe and Writers Guild nominations), Gottlieb's other film credits include "The Jerk" (with Steve Martin and Michael Elias), the Richard Pryor vehicle "Which Way Is Up?" (with Cecil Brown), and "Jaws 2" (with Howard Sackler) and "Jaws 3-D" (with Richard Matheson). In addition to numerous television scribe credits (including a 1969 Emmy win for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"), Gottlieb has been extremely active behind the scenes at the guild, including tenures as vice president and on the board of directors, among many other positions. 

Gottlieb will receive the Morgan Cox Award, which is given to those whose work exemplifies service to the guild, on Feb. 20. Previous recipients include Mel Shavelson, Frank Pierson, Don M. Mankiewicz and Larry DiTillo. Other honorees that evening will include Barry Levinson and Larry David; Seth MacFarlane is set to host. 

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Wolfgang Puck at the 81st Academy Awards. Credit: Getty Images. 

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