It's no secret that I love the awards season, and this year was especially great for cinema. For movie fans, February 24 is the Super Bowl, World Series, and NCAA Championship all rolled into one. Luckily, you don't have to be a big-shot Hollywood insider to join in the Oscars festivities.
Look no further than AMC Newport on the Levee If you still need to catch up on the nominated films before Sunday's big show. On Saturday, February 23, AMC will feature a Best Picture Showcase. You can watch five of the movies for $40, or you can watch all nine films in one day for $60.
If you're like me and have yet to be invited to attend this Sunday's ceremony with George Clooney or Bradley Cooper, there are plenty of Oscar viewing options in the Cincinnati area. The Esquire Theater's Oscar party is hosted by comedian Steve Caminiti, and will broadcast the ceremony live on the big screen. There will be trivia games, prizes, hors d'oeuvres, desserts from The Bonbonerie, and a cash bar. You can buy tickets for $12 each at Esquire's box office or online. Also, People Working Cooperatively will host a glamorous Oscar gala, Oscar Experience: Cincinnati, at the Hilton Netherland Plaza. PWC works together with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organization behind the Academy Awards) each year to host their Oscar fundraiser. Tickets cost $150 and include a red carpet welcome, cocktails, a three-course meal, entertainment, silent raffles, and a live auction. The ceremony will be projected live for guests to watch.
If you're planning to watch the ceremony from home, that doesn't mean you shouldn't join in the festivities, right? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has created an Oscar Party Kit for all the home viewers. You can print out Oscar ballots, play Oscar Bingo, and serve Hollywood-inspired cocktails for the big night. The Oscar Party Kit even has recipes that are perfect for anyone hosting their own Oscar party.
In my opinion, 2012 was a great year for movies. I'm especially rooting for Silver Linings Playbook this year to take home some Oscars. Not only does it boast a stellar cast of lead and supporting actors, but David O. Russell did an outstanding job of writing and directing the film. It's also interesting to note that Russell made the film especially for his son, who suffers from bipolar disorder just like the film's main character, Pat.
It's always fun to see Kentuckians nominated for awards. This year, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is up for Best Leading Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. I have no doubt that she will walk away with the coveted golden statue on Sunday. Local favorite, George Clooney, served as a producer on Argo, which racked up seven nominations. I'd be willing to bet that Argo will go head to head with Silver Linings Playbook for Best Picture. Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati and his film, Lincoln, scored an impressive twelve nominations. Lincoln is the most nominated film at this year's ceremony. Not too shabby for a guy born across the river, right?
Here are some of my Oscars predictions:
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: David O. Russell
Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence
Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis
Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz
Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner for Lincoln
Original Screenplay: Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
Documentary Feature: How to Survive a Plague
Foreign Language Film: Amour
Production Design: Les Miserables
Who do you think will walk away with an Academy Award this year?