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The notorious Chateau Marmont has seen its share of celebrity scandals -- especially during awards season!

The 85th annual Academy Awards is taking place this Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. And despite some serious snubs and surprises, we are all too excited for the Oscars this year. Rubbing shoulders with the stars is relatively common in Tinsel Town, and particularly with those golden statuettes up for grabs, you can be sure to stumble across some of your favorite celebs this weekend. But if you want to make your stalking stumbling more of a sure thing, then there are a few celebrity hideaways you should definitely visit — and Oyster has the scoop on every one of them. So get your cameras and autograph books ready, it’s time to nab your own award. Meet the nominees at these celeb hot spots in LA »

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Lights, camera, action: The Golden Globes take place Sunday in The Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom.

Roll out the red carpet: The 70th annual Golden Globes is kicking off this years’ awards season with a bang this Sunday, January 13th, at one of Oyster’s favorite hotels. The Beverly Hilton has played host to Hollywood’s favorite awards night since 1961 — and with good reason. This 569-room bastion of Hollywood glamour oozes luxury, but at prices that won’t bust the budgets of fans looking to sneak a peak at their favorite nominees (if they can snag a room, of course). And this year’s crop of acclaimed actors and actresses is seriously stalker-worthy. Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, Meryl Streep (obviously — the woman is still the leader in number of Golden Globes ever won), Steve Buscemi, and Zoey Deshanel are just a handful of the lucky few to garner praise from the Hollywood Foreign Press this time around.  And the show’s new hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, seem ready to lead all of them through a night of celeb-studded hilarity — something tells us even the Dowager Countess won’t be able to suppress a smile at their antics.

And, thanks to Oyster, you might be able to get in on the laughs as well. Whether you’re looking to crash a pre-party awards campaign à la Weinstein & Co. or are dreaming about after-party shenanigans, we’ve got the low down on the best Beverly Hills hotels to rub shoulders with the stars. Check out the details here » 

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Credit from left to right: Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.com; Michael Williams/startraksphoto.com; Kiera Fyles/startraksphoto.com

Celeb gossip is always buzzing — whether it be for a make-up, a break-up, a scandal, or a surprise, stars are making the headlines daily. And often their breaking news is in some ways linked to a hotel. That’s where we come in. Not only does Oyster have all the celeb news fit for print (and some that’s technically not — we’re a blog, after all!), but we have all the deets on where everything went down. Check out the latest celeb and hotel gossip after the jump.

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Foto Friday: Drink It In

by Rachel on March 30, 2012

This week’s Foto Friday couldn’t help but be inspired by the announcement of Anchorman 2, a film sequel we’ve been waiting about a decade for now. Set in San Diego, the original Anchorman follows a local news team through their triumphs and their plights — with a ton of laughs along the way. But our favorite line in the first flick had to have been when star Will Ferrell, playing Ron Burgundy, likens his city to a whale’s, errrr, lady parts, then reminds us to soak up the city’s scenery. Or as he says, “Drink it in.” Thanks Will, we’ll do just that.

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The view from a suite at the Hotel Del Coronado; San Diego, CA

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The grounds at the Flamingo Las Vegas; Las Vegas, NV

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Gangster and original owner of the Flamingo Las Vegas, Bugsy Siegel, named the property after his favorite bird — he had 15 of them living at his own mansion.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Purchasing a lounge chair from Brown Jordan — the exact ones bought for the pool at The Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas- is more expensive than one weekend night in one of the hotel’s Luxury Suites.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Since the late 1950s, more movies have been filmed at the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles than at any other hotel in the Los Angeles area.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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We’ve been counting down the seconds to the 84th Academy Awards since the nominees were announced last month. And now that the big day is less than a week away, we’re beside ourselves with excitement. We can list off all the nominees — and even make a few well-educated predictions. But if you haven’t been as attentive to the details, no worries — we’ll give you the low-down. Not only will we tell you some of our favorite nominees, but more importantly, we’ll show you how to live like the characters or real-life actors in these Oscar-nominated films. Who wouldn’t want to live like George Clooney, right? Unless, of course, it’s George Clooney in The Descendants, with a wife in a coma and an unruly teenage daughter. Silver lining? He lived in Hawaii, so things must not have been all bad…

THE FILM: The Descendants

THE NOMINATIONS: Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Directing (Alexander Payne), Best Film Editing

Dolphin Quest at The Kahala Hotel and Resort; Oahu, HI

Dolphin Quest at The Kahala Hotel and Resort; Oahu, HI

THE HOTEL: The Kahala Hotel and Resort; Oahu, HI

The heart-warming and heart-wrenching film tells the story of Matt King, a successful Honolulu-based lawyer dealing with difficult family truths after his wife has fallen into a coma. So while you may not want to trade places with his character, the real-life Clooney leads an envy-worthy, glam life — he and the rest of the crew stayed at the luxurious Kahala Resort during filming. A celebrity retreat since 1964, the Kahala is one of the only quiet luxury options on Oahu, and offers amenities such as the renowned Dolphin Quest, a quiet, beautiful beach, and large rooms with enormous bathrooms.

Check out more Hollywood-approved hotels after the jump!

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The oversize pool at the Beverly Hilton; Los Angeles, CA

It should come as little surprise that we’re highlighting one of our favorite hotels that also happens to be hosting the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards this Sunday night. The Beverly Hilton, which underwent serious renovations in 2006, plays host to the awards show every year — and its not hard to see why: The Beverly Hilton simply exudes affordable luxury. Two business centers and fast Internet in the elegant rooms make it a top pick for business travelers; the huge pool and fancy fitness center are comprable to the Hilton’s more expensive counterparts, even if its restaurants fall a bit short. While stars like Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and George Clooney grace the red carpet (while crossing their fingers for a statuette), we’ll be hunkered on the couch watching them in all their black-tie glory — but now we’ll have more insight into the property’s glittering Hollywood history. Check out more amazing photos of the hotel after the jump or read the full review here >>

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The main lobby at Bear Hollow Village; Park City, UT

If you’re lucky enough to be heading out to Park City next week for the Sundance Film Festival, you’re gonna need a hotel to set up shop — one brimming with celebs, of course. The festival is probably more known for stars photographed in winter’s finest gear rather than the indie films it centers around, which means that the hotel scene is ripe for an A-list glimpse. Your best bet star search-wise would be to check out the Sky Lodge, a centrally located, upscale property with slick amenities like balconies with hot tubs and top to bottom stylized decor. If you’re hoping to hit the slopes, the 170-room Stein Eriksen Lodge offers ski-in, ski-out access to the powdery mountains of Deer Valley Resort. And should you be traveling with family in tow, look into Bear Hollow Village. With its super-cozy atmosphere (it has mini-condos and townhouses instead of traditional hotel rooms), the lack of Wi-Fi or a flat-screen TVs in some spaces is made up for by washer/dryers, fireplaces and sleek kitchens in every condo. Want more? Read the full guide to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival now >>

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View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Naturally, with fantastic attractions and a gorgeous natural setting, it is not surprising that San Francisco, one of the most beautfiul cities in the country, has become a popular location for filming movies. While many movies highlight the city’s attractions such as cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf, the city’s hotels have also made their way onto the big screen. Although they may not be featured in as many movies as the hotels of Los Angeles and New York are, San Francisco hotels have provided plenty of memorable movie moments that are worth noting.

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Entrance at The Fairmont San Francisco

Entrance at The Fairmont San Francisco

Ever since Alfred Hitchcock chose to use his favorite San Francisco hotel for his legendary film Vertigo (1958) starring Jimmy Stewart, The Fairmont San Francisco has become a silver screen icon. In fact, this year Reuters named it #1 on its top-10 list of famous movies hotels. Read More »

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Some of Jamaica’s seemingly secret spots — rugged caves, isolated, white-sand beaches, and a serene, deep-blue lagoon – became not-quite-so-secret when they made appearances on the silver screen. Let’s see if you movie buffs out there can match the films on the list below to the beautiful Jamaican locale they featured. Answers are at the bottom of the post.

1. The Blue Lagoon, 1980

2. How Stella Got her Groove Back, 1998

3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954, and Dr. No, 1962

4. Lord of the Flies, 1963

The rugged caves of the West End Cliffs in Negril are great for snorkeling -- and for filming movies.

a.) The rugged caves of the West End Cliffs in Negril are great for snorkeling -- and for filming movies.

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