It’s Showtime: Oscar Party Etiquette

The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and you’ve probably already RSVP’d to a party invite (or sent a few of your own). Regardless of what you’re most looking forward to – the red-carpet style, recognizing the year’s best flicks, or funny-guy host Seth MacFarlane – here are a few things to remember (besides a sparkly dress) for any viewing party on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Oscar Party Etiquette

Everyone has an opinion. If you love Hugh Jackman (or Jennifer Lawrence, or Tim Burton, or anyone), someone else may not. And that’s okay. Check opposing names on your respective Oscar ballots, disagree over champagne and appropriately themed cookies, and move on. This is an evening for glamour, gowns – and friendly banter.

Know Amour from ArgoEven if you’re mainly there to critique the fashion, you should have a rough idea of what’s going on. No one expects you to be an expert on every single movie, but know the nominations. Missing this detail is like going to a football party and asking who’s playing. 

Avoid spoilers. On the opposite end of the spectrum, don’t talk about major plot points or endings unless you know everyone in attendance has seen the movie. (Tip: If you’re starting a sentence with “I couldn’t believe it when…” or something similar, you’re probably giving away too much.)

Chat during commercials. Speeches are sacred in awards-show land. (Remember Jodie Foster’s at the Golden Globes? No one would have wanted to miss that.) Be respectful and keep it down until there’s a break in the action.

But most of all – have fun. The biggest night in movies only comes around once a year.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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February 20, 2013

Just Press Print: Awards Party–Ready Oscar Ballots

Cast your votes – these printable ballots are an awards-party must

I’m a firm believer that watching any sort of televised event – I’m looking at you, football – is exponentially better if there is some sort of at-home competition involved. Cue these 2013 Oscar Ballots. With the year’s most anticipated awards show just over two weeks away, they’re a must for viewing parties big and small.

Simply click the image below to open a printable copy, whip up a few batches of inspired cocktails (to fuel the friendly competition, of course), and let the predictions begin!

2013 Oscars Ballot

Find other awards-party inspiration (and plenty of appropriately themed treats) in our Best Supporting Style: Pieces for an Awards Party Boutique, opening Friday, February 8, at 11AM.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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February 8, 2013