Preparing for the Oscars.

Preparing for the Oscars.

Seeing Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo, Sylvester Stallone, Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander or Kate Winslet exit a limo on to the red carpet can be exciting moments for viewers of the Academy Awards® on February 28, 2016.

You will be about as close as you can be to actually being at the Academy Awards® itself if you are fortunate enough to attend the Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar® Viewing Dinner at the Hollywood Museum, literally within a stones short throw of the road closures at Hollywood and Highland where the limos drop off the attendees of the Academy Awards®.

“Being adjacent to and overlooking the festivities (Academy Awards®), the proximity allows celebrities and guests to share in the excitement of the Academy Awards® themselves,” says Hollywood Museum President and Founder Donelle Dadigan.

The 88th Academy Awards® may be the most controversial show in the Academy’s history. What won’t be, is one of the most anticipated viewing dinners for the show, the Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar® Viewing Dinner. In its inaugural year of a new tradition, it promises to be memorable in the style of classic Hollywood with Presidential Chef Kurt Erhlich midst the historic Hollywood Museum produced by Roger Neal who has produced the Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar® Suite for the past 20 years.

Oscar® winners George Chakiris (Oscar® winner for West Side Story® in 1961) and Margaret O’Brien (Oscar® winner for “Meet Me in St. Louis” in 1944) will begin the annual tradition of two legends of the entertainment business being awarded the ICON Award.

Roger Neal, Laura Derna and Lynn Neal. Image courtesy of Roger Neal.

Roger Neal, Laura Derna and Lynn Neal. Image courtesy of Roger Neal.

“The dinner will be a beautiful sit down, white glove service dinner, while we watch the Academy Awards®. I have seen the menu and the stars and sponsors will not be disappointed, as a teaser the dessert will have edible gold, how appropriate for the Oscars®” shared Neal.

Tia Barr, Celebrity Chef Kurt Erhlich and Elizabeth Webster at Roger Neal Style Hollywood Suite.

Tia Barr, Celebrity Chef Kurt Erhlich and Elizabeth Webster at Roger Neal Style Hollywood Suite.

A special Academy Awards® exhibit plus exhibits inside the Hollywood Museum with champagne and hors d’oeuvres can be enjoyed prior to dinner on Oscar® Sunday by attendees. Besides Lorimar Winery champagne and wine, guests will also enjoy Chocolatier Glamour Bombonier Brazilian Sweets of miniature edible gold covered statues.

The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health and Safety Harbor Kids are the official charities for the Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar® Viewing Dinner. Focused on thoracic aortic disease education, support and research, The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health was created after Ritter’s sudden passing due to an acute aortic dissection by his widow Amy Yasbeck in 2003. Safety Harbor Kids helps provide college, career, music and arts education for orphans, foster and homeless children since 2007 in Los Angeles and worldwide.

The evening is presented by DaTang International Entertainment and Desert Rock Entertainment who have partnered together on a $100-million-dollar late of films. Other sponsors include: gown designers Sonjja Baram and DiPaula Designs, IC Trends and their designer Esther Eyre Jewelry and handbag designer Marcelo Calabrese. Discover Hollywood Magazine is the media sponsor.

Outside the Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California.

Outside the Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California.

Star confirmations as of this writing include: Oscar winner® Cuba Gooding Jr., Oscar nominated June Squibb, Oscar® winner Faye Dunaway, Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), 3-time Oscar® nominee Diane Ladd, Candy Wang (Chinese film star), Alice Wang (Chinese film producer/director), Barbara Eden, Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Carly Ritter, Dr Drew, Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Tippi Hedren, Gary Busey, Holly Robinson Peete, Renee Lawless (Have and Have Nots), Victoria Rowell (Young & The Restless),

Milena Govich (MTV, Finding Carter), Linda Thompson, Janice Dickinson, Lotte Verbeek (The Fault in Our Stars), Loni Love (The Real), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Rolanda Watts, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tracey Bregman (Young & The Restless), Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold & The Beautiful), Patrika Darbo, Supermodel Eugenia Kuzmina, Mark Steines (Home & Family), CNN’s Areva Martin, Phil Morris, Charlene Tilton, Sharin Belafonte (General Hospital), 2-time Oscar® nominee Carol Connors, Kevin Dobson, Khrystyne Haje, Erin Murphy, Sheree J. Wilson, Clarence Gilyard, Terra Jole (Little Women of LA), Carolyn Hennesy, Amy Yasbeck, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Jai White, Karen Kramer & Katherine Kramer.