If you’re like me, you’ve declined the Academy’s request that you show up for a ground level table at this years awards show in protest of of Alien vs Predator: Requiem not being nominated for Best Picture. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some Oscar fun. In fact, the parties we’ll throw will be the toast of the town. Well, at least our towns. If they’re small ones. Without anything else going on. I kid.
As we discussed previously, parties are all about planning and thematics. We’ve still got a few days left before the Academy Awards happen, so get those invitations out soon! Pick a theme! What kind of theme? Well, my friends, Beer Pong isn’t going to cut it this year.
The Oscar Party
Perhaps the simplest of all the Oscar parties, this one you treat as though your house were hosting a red carpet event. Everyone is expected to show up in a stunning gown for the men or a smart tuxedo for the ladies. Er. Reverse that. Or don’t, what you do behind closed doors is your deal. I won’t tell.
This party should be accompanied by champagne, or at least white wine. Cheese and cracker platers, no doubt, to keep things classy. The background music? While, musical scores, of course. If you happen to have a soundtrack to some of the nominees, even better. If not, anything by John Williams will be just great. Also, don’t be afraid to Million Dollar Baby-it and wear your fancy clothes to McDonald’s after the shows over.
A Best Picture Party
Choose one film and celebrate it! Which is your choice to win? Your favorite? Pick it and make it a theme. No Country For Old Men tickle your fancy? Sport a mustache or a bowl cut, crack open some cold beers and put your boots on the table. There Will Be Blood? More like there will be cowboy hats and milkshakes for you to drink up! From across the room! Drink it up! I don’t recommend a Juno party, simply because the mixture of alcohol and a lack of condoms can have disastrous, though sometimes hilarious and charming, results. But usually just disastrous.
Just make sure to coordinate all aspects of your theme to run together. You can’t mix domestic beer and fancy English dress for Atonement. That would just be weird. Try on these pre-made combos for a select few films.
Ratatouille – Pot luck, everyone brings a dish. Beverage of choice shall be a selection of red and white wines.
American Gangster – Beer and whiskey. Everyone should show up dressed like its 1970.
Michael Clayton – Martinis all around, with stiff necked business suits and a tense atmosphere.
3:10 to Yuma – Whiskey and the score from 3:10 blazing in the background. Beer for those that can’t handle their rye.
There Will Be Blood – Milkshakes. Nuff said.
Juno – Beer. White wine. Unprotected sex.
Sweeney Todd – Ale or wine, wrist cutting. (Just kidding!)
Fun and Games
What fun is watching a results show without placing a few bets? If money is too steep, just play for pride. If you lose, just maintain you weren’t playing for anything and then claim you voted with your heart, which is deeper and more meaningful than the Academy. So grab a pen and pad and keep track of who can accurately predict the winners in each category. Check out our full Oscar Week coverage to tip the odds in your favor!
Normally, you’ll never hear the Movie Style Guy recommend charades, but on Oscar night I’ll make an exception. Take a list of all the nominated pictures, mix them up, and have everyone act out the particular film. Lots of embarrassing entertainment on tap for this one.
The I Don’t Care
Let’s face it, a lot of people don’t care this year. A lot of the nominees were fairly quiet while in theaters and don’t have a big following like Titanic or Lord of the Rings. So order up a pizza, have some friends over (they’ll bring the beer) and flip back and forth between the Academy Awards and whatever else is on. I can almost guarantee there’s a Law & Order marathon on somewhere.