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What Went Down at the Piper-Heidsieck Oscars Party 2017

And the award for the best bottle goes to… Piper-Heidsieck, the sole champagne served during the 2017 Academy Awards season

A bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne was popped every eight seconds at the Governors Ball on Sunday evening, the Academy’s official after-party for the Oscars 2017. That’s more than 1,400 bottles and 12,000 glasses, and likely a lot of sore Hollywood heads on Monday morning. Attendees included Viola Davis and Emma Stone, winner of Best Actress for La La Land

"I wake up each morning with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck; it warms me up" – Marilyn Monroe 

For the third year running, Piper-Heidsieck was the exclusive champagne poured at the Academy Awards, now in its 89th year. The historic French champagne house is renowned for the red of its label and gold of its wine, making it the perfect match for this year’s Governors Ball, which was a sea of gleaming red and gold. To honour the partnership, Piper-Heidsieck created a limited-edition Cuvée Brut magnum, featuring a design of lustrous film that encircles the bottle. 

Piper-Heidsieck has been a Hollywood favourite for many decades: Laurel and Hardy popped a bottle of the French champagne in the double act’s 1933 black and white classic Sons of the Desert, while Marilyn Monroe famously cooed, “I wake up each morning with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck; it warms me up.” 

Wolfgang Puck curated the menu for the evening, which totalled 10 kilos of American farm-raised caviar; 7,500 individual shrimps; 250 lobsters; 800 stone crab claws; 15 pounds of black truffles from Burgundy; 1,000 assorted chocolate bonbons; 20 gallons of gelato; 1,050 handmade waffle cones; 1,000 individual plated desserts; 2,000 assorted cookies; 30 pounds of edible gold dust; 7,000 mini chocolate Oscars. 

“Piper-Heidsieck has a long and rich association with cinema and is proud to return to the Oscars, the ultimate arbiter of cinematic achievement in film,” said Benoit Collard, global executive director of Piper-Heidsieck. The 2017 Academy Awards season marks the third year of a long-term partnership between the champagne house and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.