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Academy Awards
— Oscar Party

Annual Academy Awards
Oscar Party

The annual Academy Awards usually take place in February or March at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Best-Picture Category
5-10 Nominees

In January 2012, the rules changed to allow anywhere from 5-10 Best-Picture Nominees — 9 movies were nominated. Previously (in 2010 and 2011), the Oscars switched from five Best-Picture Nominees to 10 — returning to the traditions of the 1930s and '40s. The broadened movie field may now include Documentaries, Foreign-Language Films, Animated Movies, Musicals and Comedies.

1939 10 Best-Picture Nominees
(all considered classics today)

How to Host an Oscar Party

Oscar Party Fun
It's that time again! Invite your friends over for an "Oscar Party" at your house. Gather around the TV (it's especially fun if you have a BIG screen HDTV). 

The first-ever Academy Awards were held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. The ceremony lasted only 15 minutes. Today's marathon production runs more than three hours!

Oscar Movie Trivia

Oscar Red Carpet
— Pre-Show Fashions & Bling

Have your guests arrive early to watch the Oscar Red Carpet Pre-Show celebrity interviews and check out the latest fashions and bling. Red Carpet pre-show begins airing early afternoon — check your local show times. The Oscar Telecast begins at 5pm Sunday (8pm EST) on ABC (Channel 7).

Oscar Party Invitations
Be creative with your invitations — use this year's nominated Movies or Actors in your text.

See Sample Oscar Party Invitation

If you don't want the expense of buying printed Oscar Party invitations, you can always print your own. If you want to go high-tech, use Eventbrite.com — the online service can be used to send free invitations, or you can charge for tickets to your event. You can also make the event public or private. Other options include sending an email, using Facebook.

Red Carpet & Digital Pics/Video
For a fun "Red Carpet" effect, get a Red Carpet "Runner" for your entranceway and take Digital Pics or a Video of your guests as they arrive. Set your dining room/coffee tables with bright red runners, sprinkled with black and gold confetti stars.

Oscar Party Videos
Use your iPhone or Android Smartphone to record and share your party activities.

Share Party Photos,
Videos and Comments
Upload your Digital Party Pictures for Free to Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Shutterfly, Twitter or Google Photos and upload your Video to YouTube after your Election Party to share with your family, friends and co-workers. Post comments and updates on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to share what is happening real-time.

Free Video Conferencing
For those people who can't be at your Oscar Party, set up a FREE Web Conference using Skype or Google Hangouts — that way they can participate live during the awards.

Buy "Hollywood Stars" Tote Bag and fill it with fun Oscar Party Goodies
"Hollywood Stars" Tote Bag
(Fill Tote with Fun Oscar Party Goodies)

Fun Gifts & Party Favors
Put together a "Hollywood Stars" Gift Tote Bag of goodies — be creative with your gifts. We're not talking expensive freebie "designer swag" like the movie stars usually get — you don't have to spend a fortune if you know where to shop. Go to the "Dollar Stores" or Target for token gifts and candies.

Give out Fun "Hollywood Stars" Party Favors. Hollywood Magnets make fun gifts for homes, lockers, dorm rooms or offices — buy just one, or save with packs of 10 or 100.

Visit our Travel Gift Store
to order Special Gifts for your Party

Buy Fun Gifts to wear or give out to your guests at the party. Gifts feature Fun Travel Destinations, Romantic Gifts, Family "His/Hers" Gifts, Body, Mind & Spirit Gifts, and more...

Fun "Hollywood
and Los Angeles/LA" Gifts

Beverly Hills / 90210 Gifts

"California Girl" Gifts
Rodeo Drive Gifts
"I Love LA" Gifts
Los Angeles Gifts
Hollywood/Hollywood "Stars" Gifts

Annual Razzie Awards
Check out this year's annual Razzies to see the "Worst Picture/Actor/Actress Nominees" of the year... and more!


Oscar Party Themes
Depending on how formal or casual you want your party to be, here are a few Oscar Party Theme suggestions:

"Black Tie"
Host a Formal "Black-Tie" event — rent a Designer
, Jewelry & Accessories.

Movie Theme or
Favorite Movie Star

Be creative and make it a "Movie-Themed" Oscar Party - have everyone dress as their Favorite Movie Character or Star. Create special themed menus and decorations inspired by Oscar-nominated movies (e.g. Roaring '20s, 50's, 60's, sci-fi, sports, travel, food, romance, Wild West... you get the idea.

"Black Tie,  Blue Jeans, Red Carpet"

Host a Semi-Formal "Black Tie, Blue Jeans, Red Carpet" event and give guests the option of dressing "up or down."

Casual Chic:
"Oscar Bash"
Keep your Oscar Party simple — make it a fun "Oscar Bash" and dress "Casual Chic."

"Oscar Pot Luck"
Better yet...host a casual "Oscar Pot Luck Party." Pot Lucks are a lot of fun, especially if you're on a budget.

Whatever you do... have FUN!

Oscar Party
— Sample Menus

- Star-Shaped Appetizers
- Fun Finger Foods

- Catered Event
- "Oscar Bash" Buffet
- "Oscar Pot Luck"
- Wine Selection

Oscar Party Lobster Feast

Buy Fresh Live or Cooked Lobster Dinner Party

Buy fresh cooked or live Maine Lobsters for your Oscar Party — you can't beat lobster for a party!
More Lobster Buying Info

Oscar Party Decorations
Go Hollywood — decorate your house with Oscar "Award Trophy Statuettes," "Director's Clapboards," customizable "Walk of Fame Stars," "Lifesize Celebrity Standup" movie legends (Marilyn Monroe, Austin Powers, Elvis and other Hollywood favorites).

If you have a "Movie-Themed" Oscar Party, be sure to carry it through to the menu, cocktails, decorations and gifts.

Black & Gold Theme Decor
Order online or visit your local Party Store and florist for Fun Theme Decorations — Black & Gold Balloons, Giant Gold Stars, Flowers, Black and Gold Glitter Top Hats (turn them upside down and fill them with popcorn or chips), Black and Gold paper plates, cups, utensils and napkins, Black & Gold Confetti...you get the idea.

Martini glasses add a nice touch to any party table — fill several glasses with Black & Gold covered candies and chocolates.

Oscar Movie Trivia
Have FUN with your guests — put together a list of Oscar Movie Trivia and History questions. Give out prizes to the people who get the most categories right.

Oscar Ballots & Prizes
Pass out Oscar Voting Ballots (available at oscar.com) and have your guests cast their votes prior to the Awards ceremony. Offer a fun gift to all the winners and a Grand Prize to the person who gets the most categories right.

Oscar Trivia Games
Play Oscar Trivia Games throughout the evening and give out prizes for the person who gets the most answers right.

Betting on the Oscars

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Annual Academy Awards
and Nominees

Oscar Parties in the SF Bay Area and around the U.S.

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Oscar History & Trivia

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