January 30, 2014: See These Super Bowl Ads Now, Inside a Very Posh Benefit, Academy Disqualifies Oscar Nominee

By Beth Kormanik January 30, 2014, 8:04 AM EST

1. SEE THESE SUPER BOWL ADS NOW: A number of Super Bowl advertisers already have their commercials online. See the spots for Volkswagen, GoDaddy, Butterfinger, and several others at Adweek:

2. INSIDE A VERY POSH BENEFIT: What does a $5,000-a-plate benefit in New York entail? At an event last week in New York for the Drawing Center, it meant a dinner served by Thomas Keller of Per Se and the French Laundry; Mario Batali and Daniel Boulud; Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns; and the pâtissier Dominique Ansel. Not to mention decor innovations such as “a dining table descended from the ceiling on pulleys.” New York Times:

3. ACADEMY DISQUALIFIES OSCAR NOMINEE: The song “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from a film of the same name, will not appear on Oscar ballots after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified it for improper campaigning. The inclusion of the little-known song raised eyebrows for beating out songs by Taylor Swift and Jay Z, but it turns out it had benefited from a grassroots campaign from its writer, Bruce Broughton, who is a former Academy governor and current music branch executive committee member. Hollywood Reporter: “No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one's own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president.


AUSTIN:  The Mansfield, a lakeside private event space, will be host its grand opening event February 6. The venue spans 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and accommodates groups of as many as 800 people.

BOSTON:  The Varano Group plans to open a Strip by Strega steak house in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel later this year. Boston Business Journal:

CHICAGO:  Morgan Freeman will be honored at the Gene Siskel Film Center's gala at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on June 7.

LAS VEGAS:  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program named chef Rick Moonen to its Blue Ribbon Task Force. This year, task force members will help influence the Seafood Watch program and work with the seafood industry, suppliers, restaurants, and media to promote sustainable seafood.

Licensing Expo and Magic Market Week have announced a new collaboration to cross-promote attendance at the two complementary trade events this year.

LOS ANGELES:  N.F.L. quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newtonas will host Cartoon Network’s fourth annual Hall Of Game Awards, which air February 17. IMG Productions produces the event.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The third annual Wine, Women & Shoes, which benefits Miami Children’s Hospital, returns to the Coral Gables Country Club on February 6. Roger Vivier is the presenting sponsor. Last year the sold-out event raised close to $450,000.

NEW YORK:  Diffa's Dining by Design gala dinner is March 24, with its Cocktails by Design March 20 at Pier 94.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Central Florida Home & Garden Show from Marketplace Events is slated for April 4-6 at the Orange County Convention Center.

WASHINGTON:  The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design's 1869 Society will present the seventh annual Artini benefit March 22, with participating bars each hosting a “feature night” throughout February and March to preview the beverage they plan to serve.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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