LOS ANGELES: It's Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is known as the ultra-luxe stay for Oscar nominees. While the hotel won't name names, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett have stayed there, and Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted there. VIP guests get personally monogrammed - yes, monogrammed - pillowcases.
For those who can afford some true Oscars-worthy pampering, the hotel offers services such as a week-long "Red Carpet Ready" package of personal training sessions and spa treatments, including a body scrub with detox wrap. The total cost? A cool $3,000.
If, like most of us, you don't have that much cash to blow, consider, say, a 15-minute lip-plumping treatment for $45, or snagging a drink at the hotel's sun-soaked bright blue rooftop pool and garden.
Nearby are several other glam lodging options: the Beverly Hilton Hotel, home of the boozy Golden Globe Awards, and the century-old Beverly Hills Hotel with its star-packed Polo Lounge.
Peninsula Beverly Hills: 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, http://beverlyhills.peninsula.com, 310-551-2888 FREE.
The Grove /Farmers Market
With its sprawling swath of swanky stores, including Barneys New York, Swarovski and Diane von Furstenberg, this outdoor retail center always attracts a slew of movie stars, from Mark Wahlberg to Oscar winner Halle Berry.
Walk along the main path, or take a quick trolley ride to the historic Farmers Market next door. Around since 1934, the Farmers Market - a savory-smelling mix of colorful stalls - serves up everything from thick pizza to gumbo. It's also a Hollywood institution. Legendary visitors have included Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.
The Grove: 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, http://www.thegrovela.com, 323-900-8080 FREE, http://www.farmersmarketla.com/ .
Runyon Canyon Park
Those tabloid photos you see of celebrities and their pooches huffing it up a winding dusty path? More than likely, they're photos of Runyon Canyon, a 160-acre nature park nestled in the Hollywood Hills.
Hit the park's trails for panoramic views of L.A. at the top, and keep your eyes peeled to avoid dog droppings. You might just see Runyon fans such as Miley Cyrus and Jake Gyllenhaal sweating it out to prep for the onslaught of Oscars events.
Runyon Canyon: 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles
One of the most striking movie theaters in the country, the Cinerama Dome has hosted oodles of big Hollywood film premieres since opening in 1963. It has more than 800 seats and looks like an enormous white golf ball chopped in half.
In 2002, the Dome became part of the newly opened ArcLight Hollywood multiplex, the massive 14-screen flagship of the ArcLight Cinemas chain.
With reserved seating, cushy stadium seats, a bar and cafe, and various film exhibits, the Arclight Hollywood is a popular place for movie fans and celebrities alike. Oscar winners such as Charlize Theron have caught late-night showings there. Grab a martini, get some popcorn and see all the Oscar-nominated films!
Arclight Hollywood: 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, https://www.arclightcinemas.com, 323-464-1478 FREE.
FIDM Museum's Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit
Anyone who covets the spiky, apocalyptic clothes in "Mad Max: Fury Road" or the silky 1920s outfits in "The Danish Girl," both nominated for best costume design Oscars, will love the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum's 24th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit.
The free exhibit, in downtown L.A., opens to the public from Feb. 9 to April 30. It showcases more than 100 costumes from 20 films released in 2015, including costumes from all five films nominated for best costume design.
On display? Cate Blanchett's sleekly retro hat and fur coat from Oscar-nominated "Carol" and the big bouncy blue ballroom dress from Oscar-nominated "Cinderella." Nowhere else can you see every stitch and button this close.
FIDM: 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, http://fidmmuseum.org, 213-623-5821 FREE, ext. 2224. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday)