Wanna be a star as an award-winning Oscars watch party host?
Movie buffs are gathering for Tinseltown’s top awards night. Hollywood big-shots and all sorts of movie fans are buzzing about nominations and trying to predict the Oscar winners.
What are the Oscars?
The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, are presented annually by the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Annual Academy Awards (or Oscars) are broadcast live on television each year.
As Hollywood celebrities file down the red carpet into the actual Academy Awards ceremony, many other folks will choose to host Oscar watching parties in their homes and other party venues.
Why not host a fun and fancy get-together to watch the Academy Awards on television?
Here are some tips for Tinseltown-worthy Oscar watching parties.
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1. Go for the glitz.
Fancy invitations are appropriate for an Oscar watch party. Printed invitations on fine white paper stock, embossed or imprinted with the Oscar statuette, a movie icon, or even simple calligraphy, will beckon guests in high style.
For a more modern approach, why not create electronic invitations to send by email or e-vite or summon guests to attend the Oscar watch party by including them via a Facebook event page or a Google calendar invitation? Make the graphics glitzy with fancy clipart or public domain Oscar or movie star images.
2. Put on the Ritz.
Before the Academy Awards ceremony even begins, television reporters begin interviewing attending celebrities to display and discuss their Oscar night apparel. Why not invite Oscar watch party guests to gussy up for the evening as well? Urge folks to pull out all the stops, stylistically, with their flashiest formalwear and finery.
Oscar night is a great time for gowns and glitz. Even faux furs, sequins, feathery boas, and blingy gems are de rigueur for such an occasion.
3. Choose decor that fits.
A gathering to watch the televised Academy Awards is also an opportunity for creative decorating. Oscar watch party hosts may choose to spiff up their surroundings with silver and gold stars and movie posters (or even movie poster free downloads). Card stores and party supply shops offer Oscar statuette replicas, cut-outs, and party favors, if desired.
Leftover holiday tinsel garlands are also ideal for adding to the Tinseltown atmosphere for an Academy Awards party.
Hollywood artifacts, such as movie clapboards, panning spotlights, and video cameras, can add to the ambience of an Oscar watch party.
4. Serve your best bits.
Fancy hors d’oeuvres and other food favorites make up the menu of a super Oscar watch party. Ideally, the fare includes simple, but elegant, foods that are easy to eat neatly, as guests are dressed to the nines.
Creative hosts might concoct an Oscar watch party menu that incorporates the names or themes of favorite movies or the top film nominees for the year. Past examples have included
- Argo Artichoke Dip
- Bravehearts of Lettuce Salad
- Brokeback Broil
- Chariots of Fire Chili Bowls
- Chicago Style Hot Dogs
- Dances with Wolves Buffalo Wings
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Full Monty Surprise
- Gladiator Shish Kebobs
- King’s Peach Cobbler
- Lord of the Jello Rings
- Million Dollar Baby Back Ribs
- Silence of the Lamb Chops
- Slumdog Sandwiches
- Titanic Subs
- Tootsie Roll Bars
- and more.
5. Play top movie song hits.
Before the Academy Awards broadcast begins, an Oscar watch party might set the tone for the evening with movie soundtrack background music (particularly featuring the year’s top film and soundtrack nominees or past winners).
6. Roll out the red carpets.
Even a roll of red wrapping paper sets the scene, so guest may parade into the party like popular movie celebrities. Just for fun why not designate a camera-savvy person to interview guests as they arrive? Show the video for some pre-awards show entertainment.
7. Be sure it transmits.
The highlight of any Oscar watch party, to be sure, is the televised ceremony, which should be aired on the largest television screen available in the home or party venue. A smart host will cue of the channel ahead of time, double-checking for solid reception and volume.
Guests ought to receive rosters of all of the year’s Academy Award nominations, so they can keep track of the actual winners. Many hosts, in fact, will offer prizes to the guests who predict the winners more precisely.
These practical steps can go a long way towards ensuring a successful and memorable Academy Awards watch party on Oscar Night.