Beverly Hilton, Jan. 15
Vibe: Boozy schmoozefest.
Do: Table-hop-it's the chummiest of awards shows.
Don't: Worry about driving to the parties. They're conveniently all in the Hilton.
Shrine Auditorium, Jan. 29
Vibe: Union meeting gone glam.
Do: Check out who's BFFs (and who's not): Movie and TV casts sit together.
Don't: Pre-party. With 379 magnums of champagne on hand, things can get just as tipsy as the Globes.
Santa Monica beach, Feb. 25
Vibe: Hipsters chilling by the sea.
Do: Bring a wrap (last year's show was freezing). Take bets whether host Seth Rogen will offend more people than Ricky Gervais.
Don't: Overdress-flip-flops won't get you tossed out.
Kodak Theatre, Feb. 26
Vibe: Prom night for grown-ups.
Do: Hang out at the orchestra-level bar. It's where nominees gab during the show (thanks, seat-fillers!).
Don't: Forget to bring your wallet. It's a cash bar, even if you're an A-lister.
Staples Center, Feb. 12
Vibe: Your iPod come to life. With pyrotechnics.
Do: Bring binoculars to spot VIPs mingling near the stage during breaks.
Don't: Sweat your look-jeans and giant eggs fit right in.
The Night Is Young
IF YOU WIN
Take your prize to WINDOWS LOUNGE at the Four Seasons and clink statuettes with the many other winners bunking there. Or strut over to Melrose to the newly opened yet still old-school CRAIG'S for a classic cocktail, though George Clooney
prefers just vodka on the rocks.
IF YOU LOSE
Try West Hollywood's PALIHOUSE, a low-key favorite of Brit celebs. We recommend the Gold Rush cocktail: the mix of bourbon and honey that will soothe both broken hearts and sore throats. Or head to BAR 1200 at the Sunset Marquis: It's a favorite of rock stars (is that Prince?) and dark enough so no one will see your tears.
WHERE TO BE SEEN
The Ultimate Power Strip
THREE A-LIST MECCAS MAKE SUNSET BOULEVARD, JUST BELOW THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS, THE CITY'S MOST GLAMOROUS MILE AND A HALF
Packed with top agents, execs and stars alike, this members-only penthouse has killer views. Check out visitors' photo-booth pix.
The patio of the 1920s hotel turns into L.A.'s starriest late-night scene. Is that Ryan Reynolds
and Robert Pattinson
'Drink. But don't drink before you have to give any sort of speech. Drink right after'
's awards season advice
WHICH FAMOUS COUPLE successfully crashed the Golden Globes, talking their way past security, then spending the evening schmoozing and making out in the back of the room?
WHICH SUAVE OSCAR WINNER returned from the afterparties to his swank hotel at 5 a.m. only to discover his key card didn't work? Exhausted and bloody furious, he and his little gold friend were eventually let into their room by security.
WHICH MOVIE STAR shouted down her Grammy-winning ex in front of a roomful of revelers after she spotted him getting close at a Golden Globes party with a new, younger actress flame?
WHICH GRAMMY-WINNING DIVA, clearly tipsy, had a wipeout on the dance floor at an afterparty, revealing an R-rated view to a crowd of stunned onlookers?
You Going to Demi's?
Beyond official bashes, one of the season's most exclusive invites is the Oscar house party hosted by Demi Moore
at manager Guy Oseary's place. Past guests include Jack Nicholson and Lady Gaga
WHERE TO EAT
In (& Out) Burgers
POST-AWARDS, STARVING STARS TURN TO L.A.'S FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD
Steve Carell makes a tradition of postshow takeout-and stars at Vanity Fair
's Oscar party devour these burgers. Try them "animal style."
Hilary Swank hit the West Hollywood institution after winning both her Oscars. Try the award-worthy onion rings and veggie burgers.
and True Blood
's Joe Manganiello swear by the high-concept burgers. If you don't dig truffles, go for the Port & Stilton burger.
STAY RED CARPET FIT WITH AWARD CURLS! THE BIG PRIZES, BY THE POUND
5lbs 2oz GRAMMY AWARD
8.5lbs OSCAR STATUE
5.5lbs GOLDEN GLOBE
6lbs SPIRIT AWARD
12lbs SAG AWARD