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Oscar Parties in Seattle

And how to throw your own last-minute bash—minus the red carpet.

By Laura Dannen February 24, 2011

If you show up at a Seattle Oscar party in a Björk swan getup, we salute you.

Big Oscar Bash
Feb 27, 5-10pm
Big Picture, Belltown

Dust off your evening wear and join other young professionals at Belltown’s Big Picture for an evening of cocktails, swag (seriously, they have swag bags), and giveaways, including round-trip airfare on Horizon Air and restaurant gift certificates. Best dressed and Oscar pool winners also receive prizes. Hosted by and in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. $55-$140.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Gay City Health Project’s 6th Annual Academy Awards Party
Feb 27, 4:30-10pm
Seattle Cinerama, Downtown

There’s a red carpet in Cinerama, but the big draw here is watching the awards on the theater’s insanely big screen while nibbling hors d’oeuvres you didn’t have to make. Dress is casual or “Hollywood-inspired attire.” Hosted by and in support of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Gay City Health Project. $25-$50.

An Evening With the Stars
Feb 27, 4-10pm
Hotel 1000, Downtown

Come dressed as your favorite celebrity (there are prizes involved) and enjoy a photo opp before heading into Hotel 1000 for a Ciroc cocktail, appetizers by Boka Kitchen + Bar, live entertainment, a screening of the Oscars, and, of course, the swag. Two drink tickets included, plus cocktail on arrival. Net proceeds support Reel Grrls. $75-$125.

Prefer to stay at home, maybe invite a few friends over to jeer at the TV? Here’s all you need for a quality last-minute Oscar party:
—A printable ballot of nominees, available at
—A fake Oscar for the winner of the pool, available from $7.90 at Issaquah Trophy & Awards.
—Classy cocktails. Go old Hollywood with this recommendation from Sauced editor Jessica Voelker: a maraschino liqueur-laced Red Hook (with rye whiskey and vermouth).
—Snacks that last throughout the marathon viewing session (there are two hosts and 10 best picture nominees, so this thing could go all night). We recommend one-stop shopping at DeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine in Pike Place Market.

The 83rd Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb 27, at 5pm PT on ABC.

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