Saturday, February 26, 2011

And The Winner Is............

I think back to the memories I had as a young girl, of the Academy Awards. It was a very special night. You were able to see all of your favorite stars walk the red carpet and see what beautiful gowns they were wearing.(even though we only had a black and white TV at that time.) I remember my family would gather around the one small TV we had in the living room and watch the Oscars together. As I would stare at the TV, I would dream about the day that maybe I would be able to see the stars in person, or maybe even walk down the red carpet myself. The only draw back to this was that I was young and school the next day was a priority, so my bed time was 10:00 pm. As we all know the Oscars most of the time ended around midnight, between all of the thank you speeches and the music, it just seemed to never end. But because I was a good student and would always get up in time for school, my parents would let me stay up to watch most of it. They knew that this was a special night for me. I still find myself watching the Academy Awards now that I am much older. I am glued to the TV (now color) watching the stars of 2011 walk the red carpet. Still fascinated about what and who they are wearing. Here are some facts about the Academy Awards show that I never knew, see if you know some of these facts.

Did you know that, the first Academy Awards were presented on May 16th, 1929, at a private brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The post Academy Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for that night’s ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry of the time for their works during the 1927-1928 period.
The Academy Awards was first televised on NBC in 1953, NBC continued to broadcast the event until 1960 when the ABC Network took over, through 1970, after which NBC resumed the broadcasts. ABC once again took over broadcast duties in 1976; it is under contract to do so through the year 2020 which was just established this year.
For the 17th consecutive year, master chef Wolfgang Puck has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the annual celebration immediately following the Oscars.
“Celebrating the past, present and future of the industry and the Academy, the Governors Ball is always an unforgettable experience,” says Puck. “Our goal each year is to honor Hollywood’s brightest stars and most accomplished artists with a culinary masterpiece. Only the finest ingredients and flavors will do.” Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve the Academy’s 1,500 Ball guests, which will include winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants.
The 2011 menu created by Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga is inspired by Latin flavors from classic paella to coastal seafood, along with signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars and pastry chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars.
Plenty of Moet & Chandon, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars will also be served. Throughout the course of the night, approximately 1,200 bottles of Moet Imperial will be poured.
Viewers at home are invited to try making Moet’s Silver Screen Punch, a unique blend of fresh fruit, vodka, and Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne. Below is the recipe for the punch, which will actually be served at the Ball.
If you want to see more info on Wolfgang Puck and his menu for the Oscars, go to :

Moet’s Silver Screen Punch

1 (6 ounce) can of pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup of frozen strawberries
½ teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup ( your favorite) Vodka
1 bottle Moet & Chandon Imperial
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen

In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour into a punch bowl. Add Vodka and stir to combine. Just before serving, pour in Moet & Chandon. Add frozen pineapple rings and Enjoy.
Well, I hope that you enjoy the show and let us all make a toast to all the winners…..

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