Academy Awards Events and Parties
Celebrate this Sunday's Oscars by attending one of these East Bay viewing parties,or throwing your own soiree with our tips.
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If you're an award season lover, you’ve been waiting for the Oscars to arrive. The 85th Academy Awards show—which takes place on Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m.—marks the culmination of the season, and the final time we get to critique the red carpet gowns, watch tearful acceptance speeches, and root for an underdog.
Celebrate the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards with other fans at one of the many Oscar parties in the Bay Area, or host your own fancy shindig in the comfort of your own home. Here’s the scoop on parties you can attend, as well as you some tips on how to throw your own memorable soiree.
Dressing up is optional, but encouraged at most of the parties below. Go ahead, break out that black tie gown. When else are you going to wear it?
The New Rheem Theatre – Red Carpet Party
There will be music, dancing, and a swag bag giveaway. General admission tickets are $100, 350 Park St., Moraga, (925) 388-0751, lamorindatheatres.com.
Vine Cinema & Alehouse – Oscar Party
This popular party in Livermore features red-carpet photos, champagne and cupcakes, "presenter" bags, and movie trivia with prizes. Plus, you can order food and beer to be delivered right to your seat. Tickets are $25, 1722 First St., Livermore, (925) 447-2545, vinecinema.com.
Brenden Theathres – 11th Annual Academy Awards Benefit
This party is hosted by STAND! For Families Free of Violence. There will be food, champagne, prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 reserved, or $55 at the door, 1985 Willow Pass Rd., Concord, (925) 603-0138, website.
Rialto Cinemas – 2013 Oscar Party
This event will include appetizers, cocktails, and a chance to win prizes. $25, 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 273-9102, rialtocinemas.com.
The New Parkway Theater – Awards Night at the New Parkway
Oakland’s newest theater will have two screening rooms, plus a spread of finger foods included in the ticket price. Drinks are extra, but you’ll have the opportunity to throw back beers, wine, and cider. $20, 474 24th St., Oakland, (510) 658-7900, thenewparkway.com.
Terra Gallery – Boas, Bowties, and Bubbly
If you’re willing to go all out and drive to the city, the Academy of Friends is hosting this gala to benefit Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizations. General admission tickets include food, wine, silent auction, and dance party following the ceremony. $250, 511 Harrison St., San Francisco, website.
Throw Your Own
Here are our six tips for hosting your own successful soiree.
1. Having fun is the goal of hosting an event. Consider making it a theme party to get people excited. You can choose a decade— 20s, 40s, and 50s are always entertaining options—or encourage guests to come dressed as a character from one of the nominated movies.
2. If you like to cook or prepare your own cocktails, make sure to check out Pinterest (pinterest.com) and eHow (ehow.com) to get ideas of appetizers and drinks you can serve. Or, try one of our cocktail recipes:
- Warm up with an Orange Spiced Cider, which utilizes Numi tea, or one of these winter cocktails from Walnut Creek bartenders.
- Try your hand at a Corpse Reviver #2, a classic cocktail, which takes gin and adds Lillet Blanc and absinthe.
- If you’re looking for a more modern twist on gin, try one of these three recipes from Alameda’s St. George.
- To keep it festive and bubbly, mix up a Coeur de Fleurs: a champagne cocktail with the added twist of hibiscus syrup.
- Pretend it’s summer with an Aperol spritz, Carpano and soda, or summer: now in session.
3. As an ode to the usual movie theater fare, serve gourmet popcorn from Cornology, which has several flavors and sizes to choose from. Our favorite is the truffle parmesan—a blend of white truffle oil, garlic, and herbs. 1288 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, cornology.com.
4. Stop at your local Boswell’s for Hollywood-inspired decorations. You can’t go wrong with black and gold, or picking up a red table runner for a makeshift red carpet of your own. Locations in Danville, Lafayette, and Pleasanton, boswells-party.com.
5. Make a game out of it. Before the awards begin, have your guests fill out a card with their predictions of who will win in five categories. You can go to the Oscars website to see the full list of categories and nominees. The person who has the most correct gets a prize, for example a bottle of wine of a bag of Cornology popcorn.
6. Lastly, don’t forget the bubbly. Here are some local favorites:
- Wente Vineyards, Livermore—2008 Brut ($25): This classic Brut has pear, dried apricot, crème brulee and oak flavors and aromas.
- Ellison Vineyards, Sunol—NV California Sparkling Wine ($14): This sparkling wine has jasmine and fruit notes, and works well as an aperitif or dessert wine.
- Ruby Hill Winery, Pleasanton—Champagne ($13): You’ll pick up on lemon and melon flavors, with a smooth creamy texture.