Many Hollywood pundits and movie industry wags have predicted that Argo is gonna clean up big time at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony this coming Sunday. Then again, it might be a big night for Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, or Zero Dark Thirty. (Personally, we're hoping Tarantino finally gets his due with Django Unchained.)
But whatever the outcome of Hollywood's biggest event of the year this weekend, which is being hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, there's guaranteed to be plenty to tears, cheers, and upsets, which you can witness along with your fellow movie buffs at some of the special viewing parties taking place around Metro Phoenix on Sunday, February 24.
A few other Academy Award-themed events will also be taking place around Metro Phoenix in the days leading up to the ceremony, including a chance to see the famed golden statuette in person.
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre An authentic Oscar statuette will be on display at the theatre from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, as a part of a touring exhibition promoting the Academy Awards. Folks can photo with the golden statuette or perhaps use the opportunity to practice their acceptance speeches. A reception will also held. Call 480-483-1664.
CineMark Mesa 16 Need to catch up on all the "Best Picture" nominees? This East Valley theatre will be screening four of the nine movies up for the biggest honor around during a special Oscars marathon on Sunday, February 24. For $30 per person, viewers can screen Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained in back-to-back-to-back fashion. The marathon starts at 1:30 p.m. Call 480-733-2843 or see the CineMark website.
JW Marriott Camelback Inn The Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter will be hosting a star-studded and massively ritzy "Oscar Experience" on Sunday, February 24, at this posh Phoenix resort. Those in attendance will get the red carpet treatment and will also get to experience paparazzi, champagne, gourmet food, pampering from Rolfs Salon hair and make-up, luxurious swag bags, free passes to Harkins Theatres, and more. The event starts at 5 p.m. Call 602 212-9900 for admission info.
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FilmBar The vintage aura of old time Hollywood glitz and glamour will imbue FilmBar's Oscar Viewing Costume Party on Sunday, February 24. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to get dolled up in his or her finest throwback or Gatsby fashion and walk the red carpet to get a picture snapped in the photo booth, which will run 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., before they Oscar ceremony is broadcast in the theatre. Complimentary champagne will be available. The grand gala starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
1130 The Restaurant Attendees of the "Dress to the Nines Oscar Night" on Sunday, February 24, can partake in an evening of both pampering and glamour while supporting the "Face in the Mirror" charity. The event will include a chance to walk a red carpet, receive a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, enjoy a sumptuous desert buffet, and score prizes and giveaways, and more. The affair runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 602-368-3046.
UltraStar's UltraLuxe Scottsdale Cinemas The Oscars ceremony and its pre-show red carpet arrivals will be broadcast in the theatre's Star Class auditorium on Sunday, February 24. Attendees are requested to "dress to impress," giveaways will be offered during commercial breaks (including free movies for an entire year), and in-seat food and beverage service will be offered for an additional charge. The party starts at 5 p.m.