This week’s suggestions are five ways to celebrate Oscar weekend.
1. Movie night, part 1
You can start your movie weekend by heading to the theater to see something new. The big movies opening this week are “Wanderlust,” an R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd; “Good Deeds,” PG-13, a comedy starring Tyler Perry; “Gone,” a PG-13 thriller starring Amanda Seyfried; and “Act of Valor,” an R movie about Navy SEALs.
2. Movie night, part 2
If the theater movies don’t appeal to you, hold a movie night with your family and/or friends. You could watch some of this year’s Best Picture nominees, or check out past winners. This year’s Best Picture nominees are “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse.”
3. Hold a contest
You can arrange several guess-the-winners contests if you’re really into the Oscars: Put together one at work, one with your family and one with your friends, perhaps through Facebook. The prizes can be something simple, such as a DVD, movie theater pass, Netflix gift certificate or even an Oscar-shaped cookie.
4. Organize your party
Oscar parties are in vogue these days, and there are plenty of ways to hold them. You can have it be a costume party where people dress as their favorite movie characters, have movie-themed food and drink, and more. Celebrations.com has a good list of ideas if you need further suggestions: www.celebrations.com/oscarparty.
5. And the winner is …
Finally, don’t forget to watch the show! The broadcast is on ABC and begins at 7 p.m. EST. If you want to watch pre-show coverage, just flip through the channels – more than a few will be covering the event. For more information on the nominees and more, go to the official website of the 84th Academy Awards, http://oscar.go.com.
GateHouse News Service