Oscar, Oscar, Oscar - Party Like a Star on the Movies’ Big Night

Chances are, you don’t have a ticket to the mother of all awards shows, when the word celebrates the magic of the movies and the most in-demand after-party date is a naked gold guy in his eighties.

However, there are Oscar parties throughout South Florida this Sunday, Feb. 27, for every taste and budget. Many parties benefit great local organizations, so everyone can be a winner.

Fort Lauderdale

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is rolling out the red carpet for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards this Sunday at Cinema Paradiso. The awards ceremony will be telecast on two screens, Cinema Paradiso’s indoor movie screen and a special, 15 foot screen outside in their courtyard.

The FLIFF party features a themed buffet prepared by Cinema Paradiso's Chef Michelle and several of Fort Lauderdale's popular restaurants. The buffet includes movie themed dishes like a Social Network salad bar, and The King's Speech Chicken a la King.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including DVDs, movie promotional items, FLIFF goodies, plus tickets to films and gift certificates. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the telecast beginning at 8 p.m. Attire is either Hollywood glitz and glamour or Hollywood beach chic.

Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, downtown Fort Lauderdale. Advance tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for FLIFF members; at the door, $30 general admission, $20 for FLIFF members. Call 954-525-3456 or visit FLIFF.com for tickets or more information.

Miami Beach

Oscar Night will be extra special for Miami Beach Cinematheque. The quirky movie house relocated from its storefront on Española Way to the Miami Beach City Hall, and has been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to host and be the beneficiary of the official celebration in Miami for the Oscar Night America party. Oscar Night America viewing parties are the official nationwide celebrations of the Oscars. The cocktail soirée is also the grand launch party for Miami Beach Cinematheque in its new home.

The evening includes a red carpet and silent auction, hosted by Miami Beach Film Society founder Dana Keith. Red carpet arrivals will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a welcome champagne reception. Guests will then watch the Oscar telecast live and toast the winners while munching on Escopazzo’s signature 100 percent organic Italian hors d'oeuvres with Bombay Sapphire signature cocktails and Coppola Wines. Guests can also predict the night’s winners to win prizes. And while guests won’t be going home with Oscar, they will go home with the official 83rd Annual Academy Awards show program booklet.

The Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., 1st floor. Tickets are $125 general admission and $110 for Miami Beach Film Society, Cinematheque and Miami International Film Festival members. Visit MBCinema.com for tickets and more information.

Boca Raton

The other officially sanctioned Oscar Night America event in South Florida is at Boca Bash in Boca Raton, presented by the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a red carpet arrival for guests and local celebrities, and includes appetizers and two complimentary cocktails. Attire for the evening is Oscar chic.

PBIFF's celebration in Boca Raton is one of 50 official Oscar Night America parties in cities across the country. To distinguish these parties from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, the Academy supplies only sanctioned events with copies of the commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program. Proceeds from the event benefit the 16th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, March 22-31.

Boca Bash is located in the Shoppes of Village Point, 6018 SW 18th St., Boca Raton. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 561-362-0003 or visit PBIFilmFestival.org for tickets or more information.

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