Academy Awards

blogTO's Guide to Watching the Oscars

It's no secret that the last-minute resolution in the Writers Guild of America strike was at least slightly influenced by the Oscars, with the resolution on February 12th being barely two weeks to the 80th Annual Academy Awards. Now tomorrow evening we will witness what (if any) witty dialog the writers managed to scrap together for host Jon Stewart in that short amount of time.

Whether you love the Oscars or hate them, they are the equivalent of the Superbowl or Stanley Cup to cinephiles, so here are some ways to join in the action tomorrow evening.

Live venues to watch the Oscars are as follows:

Innis Town Hall will be screening the Oscars on the big screen starting at 6:30. Admission is free and there will also be free popcorn. If you fill out an Oscar prediction form, you may even be a lucky winner at the end of the night.

The Bloor Cinema will be hosting their annual Oscar party with admission being free for members, new membership costing only $3. The Bloor's party is infamous for having their own host as well as prizes from local businesses. Doors open at 7:30.

The Wolf & Firkin will be hosting an Oscar party with an interesting co-host, AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation). Join in the fun to cheer for the Best Documentary Feature nominee, War/Dance which was mentioned previously on blogTO, as well as to raise funds for the Kilimanjaro climb for AMREF. Admission is free and the fun starts at 6pm.

While the Revue Cinema isn't screening the Oscars, they are running a contest. All you need to do is predict the winners and you could be the lucky winner of a Revue Cinema prize pack!

For those watching at home, the telecast begins at 8pm, with red carpet coverage starting at 6pm on stations such as CTV.

If you can't watch the awards tomorrow night but want to be aware of the winners as they go, the website Defamer has created a Twitter account to follow the Oscar winners throughout the evening. Haven't heard of Twitter before? Read this beginners guide to twitter for more information.

Due to the uncertainty caused by the WGAW strike, many places that usually have Oscar parties in Toronto have declined this year, so our list is small. If you know of any I failed to mention, please add them in the comments.

How are you watching the Oscars tomorrow evening?

Image: 67th Annual Academy Award Poster

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