Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oscar viewing parties abound in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Now that Carnival is over it's time to get ready for the next party. This Sunday, Feb. 26, is Oscar night, and there's no shortage of local options.

New Orleans is the site of one of 49 Oscar Night America parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festivities begin with a patron party and live cabaret show featuring Becky Allen and Marshall Harris at Morton's The Steakhouse, 365 Canal Place at 5:00 p.m. The party then movies upstairs to The Theatres at Canal Place for red-carpet arrivals and a theatre viewing of the live broadcast starting at 6:00. Tickets and more information can be found here.

The New Orleans Film Society is hosting an Oscar party at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the nominated films. An Oscar trivia contest will happen during the commercials. Prizes will be awarded to trivia and best-costume winners. A suggested donation of $25 or $20 for Society members includes complimentary food, beer, wine, popcorn, and soda. More Info here.

The Westin New Orleans is hosting an Oscar viewing party at its 11th-floor Plimsoll Club. Admission is $8 and includes complimentary fruit and cheese. The partier with the most accurate Oscar predictions wins a one-night stay at the hotel and dinner for two at The Green Bar. More info here.

Local businesses on Magazine Street are getting together for the NOLA Oscar Viewing Party at Salü;, 3226 Magazine. Red-carpet attire is encouraged for the event, which is free and open to the public. Sponsors include Fleurty Girl, Yelp, Feet First, Fun Flicks NOLA, Make Me Up, NOLA Flora, Swanky Illustrations & Graphics, and Salü. Additional info here.

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