Oscar Sunday starts on Oscar websiteby jmaloni
Party blog launches with tips for throwing the "Ultimate Oscar Sunday Viewing Party"
On Sunday, Feb. 26, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the most glamorous event of the year, the 84th Academy Awards. To help fans mark Hollywood's biggest night with a celebration of their own, Oscar.com has launched its official party blog, www.oscar.com/partyblog, with everything needed to throw the "Ultimate Oscar Sunday Viewing Party." Highlights include:
•Every great bash begins with a great invitation. The party blog features the introduction of The Oscar Collection by Marc Friedland, who last year designed the first-ever Academy Awards winners envelope and announcement card. This year, in partnership with Evite Postmark (www.postmark.com), Friedland has created 10 online custom invitations. Each design has its own matching envelope.
•Oscar.com teams with ABC's daytime series "The Chew" (1 p.m.) for fun, easy and affordable recipes and party ideas for fans who want to celebrate Oscar Sunday like a star. On Friday, Feb. 24, "The Chew" will host its own "Oscar Party" with dishes inspired by this year's Oscar-nominated movies, Daphne Oz's "Oscartini" cocktail recipe and Clinton Kelly's Oscar Style -- where he will show viewers how to incorporate this year's red carpet looks into their own wardrobes. "Chew Crew" correspondent Evette Rios goes behind the scenes during the preparations for this year's Governors Ball in Los Angeles.
•The Moët Red Carpet Glamour, the exclusive champagne cocktail of the Governors Ball, is the ultimate addition to any Oscar viewing celebration. The winning recipe, submitted by Adam Seger, was selected by the social media community and a panel of expert judges.
•Oscar's official party planner, Cheryl Cecchetto, sets the stage for glamour at the Governors Ball and gives viewers tips on how they can host an award-winning party at home.
•World-renowned master chef Wolfgang Puck shares his official Oscar recipes, and more importantly, shows fans how to prepare their own Oscar menu.
•The official "My Picks" interactive ballot is a must for partygoers to go head-to-head on their Oscar prediction skills. Hosts can print out the ballots or guests can fill out ballots online before the show. Oscar.com and the iPad app will refresh and calculate results as categories are presented. For guests who can't make it in person, the game is shareable via Facebook.
•No party would be complete without a backstage pass. With more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet, throughout the Kodak Theatre, backstage during the event and even in the Governors Ball, the backstage pass on Oscar.com and the official Oscars app is the perfect complement to watching the live show. Partygoers can pull it up to check out the behind the scenes action before, during and after the show.
•Schedule of events. The festivities begin bright and early Oscar Sunday and go well into the night on ABC. Oscar.com has the full list of what to watch and when to ensure fans don't miss a thing.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, from the Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.