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Sunday, February 26

“…and the Oscar goes to…”

 


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I am the biggest movie fan EVER - I LOVE THE MOVIES… can’t help it. I drink in a movie like taking a drink from a fire hydrant, I notice the scenery, the dialog, the costumes, the symbolism, the undercurrent of intent, the stars (old and new)… I am all about it. So when it’s time to pay tribute to this industry – I am front row, center waiting in anticipation for every single glittery second of entertainment.

Now, the gargantuan night of glamour, Hollywood's annual love fest is here. The night when the stars emerge from their limos in their most attention-getting outfits, tasteful or not, (we all know there is no such thing as bad publicity) - cue "Fashion Police." I love to snicker at the unflattering outifts. I groan as the stars rattle on endlessly during their thank-you speeches... while I scream at the television “play the music already!” Talking to the television during the Oscars is almost as much fun as yelling at "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I cringe in anticipation of the musical acts - will they be impressive or a snooze - who really cares? But love it or hate it, I'll be glued to the television tonight watching the Oscars.

Are you planning a party? It's a great night to share with other movie buffs. So if you are planning an Oscars Viewing Party, here are a few fun ideas for making your own night of excitement.
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Buy, rent, or make a red carpet, out of fabric or carpet remnants, to welcome your guests at the door.

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Purchase inexpensive, glamorous Hollywood sunglasses for all partygoers to don as they step over your threshold.
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Be ready to snap an instant photo of guests so that they too can feel hounded by the paparazzi (and to use as a souvenir of the party).

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Before the big show begins, play the soundtrack from your favorite Oscar winning movie in the background. While the song is playing, add a BONUS Question to your trivia (see below),  
"What movie has this song as its soundtrack?"
 
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Decorate with large silver and gold star cutouts either purchased or homemade. Decorate your buffet table with star confetti and glitter.

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Dangle unwound rolls of film from your ceiling.

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Prepare an Oscars trivia game to play with your friends during the commercials.

Here's a start: 

Question: What Movie Has Earned the Most Oscar Nominations?
Actually, two movies are tied for the title of Most Nominated Film. What are the two movies and how many Oscars were they nominated for? Here's a hint: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" isn't one of them.
Answer: In 1951, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "All about Eve" was nominated for 14 Academy Awards. "All About Eve" won Oscars for Sound, Best Director, Actor in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Best Picture, and Writing. It was also nominated for Music, Cinematography, Art Direction, and Film Editing. Bette Davis and Anne Baxter each earned Best Actress in a Leading Role nominations for their work in "All About Eve." Best Actress in a Supporting Role nominations went to Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter.
James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997) earned 14 nominations and won 11 Oscars. "Titanic" took home Academy Awards for Effects (Sound Effects Editing), Film Editing, Best Director, Best Picture, Cinematography, Music (Original Song), Original Dramatic Score, Art Direction, Effects (Visual Effects), Sound, and Costume Design. "Titanic" was nominated in the Makeup, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Actress in a Leading Role categories but did not win.
Question: Who Has Received the Most Acting Nominations?
Answer: Meryl Streep stands as the most nominated actor with 17 nominations. Streep won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in "Kramer vs Kramer" and Best Actress in a Leading Role in "Sophie's Choice." She was also nominated for her work in "The Deer Hunter," "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "Silkwood," "Out of Africa," "Ironweed," "A Cry in the Dark," "Postcards from the Edge," "The Bridges of Madison County," "One True Thing," "Music of the Heart," "Adaptation,", "The Devil Wears Prada", "Doubt", "Julie and Julia," and"The Iron Lady". Three of Meryl Streep's 17 nominations were in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Award prizes at the end for best and worst scores.  Hand out ballots before the ceremonies begin, and after tallying all the scores at the end, hand out awards for most and least correct picks.

7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time: Dim the lights and enjoy the show.


Oh yeah... I almost forgot (not really but that was dramatic, right?) 
One of the best things about this year's Oscar's?  Billy’s back!


He is one of the most popular Oscar hosts, having been at the helm for a mammoth eight times. 
It is going to be awesome, hope you have a fabulous evening!