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I can vividly remember when I first fell in love with the night of Oscar, aka as the Academy Awards. It was in 1996 after having watched in the old, historic theater in my small town where I grew up, The English Patient . I was enamored by the love story and the setting of Tuscany during WWII. At that time I wasn’t precisely aware of why I enjoyed what I was viewing, but needless to say I was hooked. And when it won Best Picture at the Oscars, I was forever a fan of the annual Hollywood spectacle and celebration.
On Sunday, March 2nd, the Oscars return to crown their favorites on the silver screen, and while I too have my favorites (Cate Blanchett), it truly is nearly impossible to choose as each actor is given different scripts, paired with different actors and directors, and simply by being nominated deserves to be celebrated.
And while I share my list of ideas on how to celebrate the Oscars this weekend, make no mistake, I will be in my pajamas, relaxing and luxuriating in the style, the speeches and Ellen Degeneres’ hosting prowess. But even though I may be in casual attire, it doesn’t mean that a celebration at one’s home can’t occur.
Here are a few ideas for creating a festive occasion for one, two or many fans of the Academy Awards.
1. Don’t Forget the Red Carpet
Beginning on E! nearly three hours before the awards begin, red carpet arrivals will be analyzed and criticized. Save yourself time and tune in one hour before the show goes live. Keep your phone with you, follow hashtags on Twitter such as #Oscars2014 or #redcarpet and you will easily be able to see all of the top dresses as they arrive. And be sure, I will be sharing my favorites next week as well here on the blog.
With 24 different categories, test your film savvy by printing out a ballot prior to the show and see how well you do. If you’re feeling really lucky, create a pool on top categories with your friends – wager money, sweet treats or simply the recognition until next year as the Oscar Aficionado Extraordinaire!
3. Bring the Bubbly
Whether you choose a sparkly wine, bubbly from Champagne or sparkly cider, add something fabulous to toast with to begin the festivities and raise your glass with each time Ellen tells a knock-em dead joke, your actor/actress/film wins an award or you see a dress that leaves you speechless. In other words, have fun with the drink of choice to add a little flavor to the festivities.
4. Ah, Desserts
Perhaps you want to make something sweet and decadent to fit the occasion or maybe, like me, you’ll want to stop at your favorite patisserie or bakery and pick up an expertly made mini cake with chocolate ganache or almost-too-good-to-eat cupcakes. Whichever you choose, a night of celebration without question needs to be savored, and a luxurious sweet confection certainly sounds divinely apropos.
While I must admit, I haven’t seen too many of the films nominated, I already am eager to watch American Hustle, Gravity, The Invisible Woman, Before Midnight and Frozen (okay, as yo may have noticed, my list doesn’t include many of the Best Picture nominees, but that’s just how some years go), and after Sunday evening, I have a feeling there will be a few more added to my list.
Be sure to tune in to the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, 8:30 (ET) on ABC with Live Red Carpet coverage beginning at 7pm (ET). Please share below your favorites and which films you recommend watching from this year’s list.
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