Banned “Hurt Locker” Producer Gets Private Oscar Party

The red carpet will be rolled out for Nicolas Chartier in Venice

He's banned from the Oscars. He's even banned from the red carpet. But Nicolas Chartier is not banned from a private party being thrown in his honor in Venice.

Chartier, who sent an e-mail out to Oscar voters encouraging them to vote for the "Hurt Locker," was banned from the Oscars after the Academy ruled that the e-mail disparaged a competing film, "Avatar."

"They are going to try to salvage the evening for him," blogger Scott Feinberg told Mekahlo Medina on NewsRaw. "I think everyone is showing up casually and he is going to show up in a tux."

Feinberg, of the blog And The Winner is..., believes the private party for about 100 people is being thrown by the chair of the William Morris Agency.

"I think he might be represented by William Morris. If he is not, he might soon be because it's sort of a nice gesture to throw a party for 100 of his friends," said Feinberg.

If Chartier gets tired of the private party, his crew can head north to WeHo where a plethora of parties will be going down.

The three-mile corridor, nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, is hosting some of the hottest parties for celebs and non-celebs alike. Let's start first with where the celebs will be and where you can catch a glimpse.

The Pacific Design center is home to Sir Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation Gala. It starts first as a viewing party, then gets busy after the Oscars. Every big-name star is expected to stop by, like David and Victoria Beckham, Nicole Kidman and Ellen.

The party doubles as a fundraiser, collecting more than $25 million. The headline performer will be Grace Jones.

The hardest ticket to get without a doubt is to the Vanity Fair bash, being held this year at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Only the biggest names in Hollywood are invited to attend. Past invitees include Oprah, Madonna and Meryl Streep.

Though these parties are reserved for the showbiz elite, you too can feel like an A-lister on Oscar night. The Abbey is hosting its annual AIDS Project LA Academy Award viewing party. The cost is $500 if you're going solo, or host a table for $5,000. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tila Tequila and Niecy Nash have stopped by in past years. Buy a ticket and find out who will make and appearance this year.

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