All That Glitters is Gold

Gigi, winner of 9 Academy AwardsAs we approach Oscar® season, it's time to ramp up your movie watching schedule. If, like me, you love going to the movies, then you've probably already seen most of the Oscar® contenders (or what you think will be the contenders; it's still officially a mystery). If you're more of a homebody, then you have your work cut out for you. Either way, Oscar® season is the perfect excuse to host a party. Invite some friends over for the big night or involve them in the prep work beforehand to truly appreciate the Academy Awards® when they air.


There are a few steps you can take to get ready for awards night. First off is making sure you have a TV that can do justice to the outfits the stars are sure to be wearing. The gowns, the jewelry, the shoes! It's harder for guys to really stand out on the red carpet, but I do love a man in a tux. You don't want to miss any of the details (or "work" stars have had done); high definition is my new best friend.


Now that you're ready to watch, you want to make sure you have the background to properly judge the nominees. Get some of the old classics like Casablanca, Gigi and Braveheart and settle down for a movie marathon, or choose an animated film like Despicable Me and keep it light. If it's actors and actresses you're interested in, you can view lesser known films like V for Vendetta or Hackers and see your favorite stars before they made it big.Forrest Gump


Next up is snacks! Essential to a good movie experience is a diverse assortment of treats. You can stick with the movie theme and serve Forrest Gump chocolates, evoke the feeling of a theater with fresh popped popcorn and boxed candy or go the healthy route and serve fresh veggies you've chopped yourself.


You've done the homework. Now you're ready to see if the judges agree with your picks. Who do think is in the running? And who's going to win??



Posted by Jessica Gezon

Jessica Gezon



Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I'm boycotting the Academy Awards because Justin Timberlake was not nominated for best supporting actor. He was hands-down the best part of "The Social Network" with all his hilarious/cool one-liners. "I'm CEO, bitch." Classic. Give him an Oscar.

Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I am sure "True Grit" will be in the running, and I do hope Jeff Bridges is nominated for best actor. He was excellent in that movie. I also LOVED Inception and hope that wins some kind of award -- at least for special effects or original screenplay.

Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

The Oscars make dreary late winter nights a little brighter -- especially all those jewels. As for nominees, Leonardo DiCaprio will get a nomination for Inception, even though he still has a baby face. Jeff Bridges won last year, so I predict that Matt Damon will get the award for True Grit (because someone in the cast must).

Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

I didn't see all the movies this year that I should have, but I predict that Black Swan, Inception, and The Social Network will all make it to the Best Picture nominations. Not revelatory, I know, but it's the best I've got.

Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I'll admit, I usually only keep tabs on award shows like these for the outfits. My favorite guilty pleasure is the "Best Dressed/Worst of" articles that pop on the Internet the day after the show. What are some people thinking? However, the dress that has always stuck in my head is Nicole Kidman's dress with the peacock feather. She is usually spot on for fashion!

Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Ah, the Oscar's! So thrilling! I don't feel like I've kept up on the films this year as well as in the past, so I may have to work extra hard in the next few weeks to feel like I'm in on the game when watching the award show. Naysayer's can't convince me that James Franco and Anne Hathaway won't do a great job hosting!

Jan. 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I rarely see movies, so I doubt I will have seen any of the nominees. I may see True Grit since i just got some movie passes as a late Christmas present, and I love Jeff Bridges, mostly as the Dude, but in other roles, too.

Jan. 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

My mouth is now watering for Swedish Fish. Also, I wanna be home on this rainy day, watching Forest Gump.

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