Photos: 84th Academy Awards food & beverage preview

Photos: 84th Academy Awards food & beverage preview

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Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck poses with a tray of Gold chocolate Oscars as chefs continue with preparations during a media preview on February 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California, of food and beverages to be served at the Governor's Ball immediately following the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 25 at 2:23 PM

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- The pre-Oscar parties have begun ahead of Sunday's award presentation.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Allison Janney celebrated their Oscar-nominated sisters at Women in Film's fifth annual pre-Oscar party. Of the year's nearly 200 Academy Awards nominees, 45 are women.

Women have consistently comprised less than 25 percent of annual Oscar nominees and Cathy Shulman, president of Women in Film, Los Angeles, says "it's important we work together to increase that statistic."

Paltrow co-hosted the party at Cecconi's restaurant, where Oscar nominees and other female filmmakers gathered to talk shop, sip Champagne and celebrate their achievements.
 

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