And the Academy Award goes to…

I recently stumbled upon a Huffington Post article entitled, “Oscar Parties for Regular Folk“. Amongst the 8 suggestions for 2013 Oscar viewing parties in Los Angeles you will find options like an event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for $99 a ticket, the Abbey for $250 a ticket, or at the Mar’sel at Terranea Resort for $250 a pop…Since when is paying hundreds of dollars to watch the Academy Awards considered an activity for “regular folk”?

Go home, Huffington Post. You are drunk.

Needless to say, I decided to do a little digging of my own so as to find some reasonable Oscars options for those of us who are a little less regular than what the Huffington Post has deemed as “regular”. What I came up with is an assortment of Academy Awards-related activities ranging from free Oscars exhibits to affordable Oscar Viewings in Los Angeles.

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Annnnd, here we go:

FREE! – The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the FIDM

The 2013 Academy Awards mark the 21st year in which the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles has held its annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit. This year, visitors can expect to view the original costumes featured in all five of the Academy Award noms for best costume design, amongst others. The list includes pieces from A Royal AffairAnna KareninaArgoDjango UnchainedHitchcockLes MisérablesLincolnMirror MirrorSkyfallSnow White and the Huntsman, and more! Why not check it out? It’s free, and it will give you a frame of reference when the category comes up in the awards show.

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Viewings of the 2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Live Action & Animated)

If you’re like me, you’ve pretty much only ever tuned into the Oscars for the main categories: Best Picture, Best Actress/Supporting Actress, Best Actor/Supporting Actor, and Best Director. I always feel guilty when they get to the categories like the best documentaries or the best shorts because those people worked so hard to achieve their shining moment at the Academy Awards, and who really even saw their pieces except for the Academy members who voted? Well, now you can see them! The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood is offering a viewing of both the live action shorts (at 7:30pm) and the animated shorts (at 10pm) tomorrow (Friday the 22nd). Each category features five nominees and you can buy a combo ticket to see all 10 for $15, or $12 for students & seniors. You could also just go see one half of the program (either live shorts or animated), but they still charge you the full amount, so you may as well see them all. You can see the full list of live-action shorts here, and the full list of animated shorts here. You can buy tickets via either link.

2013 Academy Awards Noms for Best Animated Short

2013 Academy Awards Noms for Best Animated Short

FREE – “Invisible Art, Visible Artists” – Editors Seminar

Another Egyptian Theater hosted event, the “Invisible Art, Visible Artists” symposium which is being put on by the American Cinema Editors will allow guests to sit in on a conversation with the 2013 Oscar nominated film editors. The list includes the editors of Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. The event is free, but it is first-come first-serve. Doors open at 9:30 and the event starts at 10am this Saturday (February 23rd).

Gotta See ’em All – AMC’s Best Picture Showcase
If you totally missed the Oscars train this year and haven’t seen any of the best picture noms, it’s not too late – and you’ll actually save money (if you can stand to sit through an all-day 9 movie marathon, that is!). If your local theater is like most in the LA area, you probably would have had to shell out anywhere between $72 and $112.50 to see all nine films on the big screen (based upon a ticket price of $8-$12.50). This Saturday (the 23rd) you can go see all 9 for $60 bucks. It’s still a chunk of change, but the silver lining is that if you’re an AMC Stubs member you get $10 back in stubs bucks so you’ll score a free soda and popcorn out of the deal. If $60 is too steep, or you just don’t want to see that many movies, there’s also a 4 movie deal (featuring Amour, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and Argo) for $30 on Friday the 22nd and a 5 movie deal (featuring Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty) on Saturday the 23rd for $40. For more information on all AMC Oscar screenings, click here.
2013 Academy Awards Noms for Best Picture

2013 Academy Awards Noms for Best Picture

Happy Oscars to you all, and good luck if you’re placing any bets!
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