This Sunday marks one of the holiest days of obligation for movie buffs, Hollywood enthusiasts and wannabe filmmakers: The 89th Academy Awards.
There’s something for everyone at the Oscars, from the couture gowns and musical numbers to the thinly-veiled political statements from celebrities and of course, Ryan Gosling. Not to mention the high potential for red carpet stumbles and awkward teleprompter flubs, if you’re into that.
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Awards shows, particularly the Oscars, have become more of a social activity in recent years. Google searches for “Oscar’s drinking game” have increased steadily over the past decade (though Oscar’s searches in general seem to have peaked in 2014, along with Adele Dazeem), suggesting an increased interest in creating an interactive experience. For those looking to trade their sweatpants-and-couch routine for an Oscars viewing party in Milwaukee, here are your options:
The Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge
The movie theater is hosting another Oscars viewing party with Adler from FM 102/1. Who wouldn’t want to watch the awards on the big screen under a blanket of faux stars (we suspect it’s why they call themselves atmospheric)? The party includes a red carpet, wine, movie trivia, an awards predictions ballot and of course, popcorn. Get tickets here.
Milwaukee Beer Bistro
This Riverwest pub is throwing a viewing party of their own, with a festive (but optional) dress code. They’ll be playing the show on multiple screens and announcing food and drink specials during the event. Best of all, it’s free. Learn more here.
The COA Youth and Family Center
The COA is also hosting their 19th Annual Hollywood Gala, a black-tie optional live-screening of the awards that also functions as a fundraiser. Get a group together and reserve a table, or buy individual tickets and pretend you’re rubbing elbows with the likes of Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.
Host a Party at Home
If you just can’t be pried from your recliner chair, at least invite a few friends over to join you. But first, read these ideas from Milwaukee Film for Oscars-themed food and drinks. And yes, they’ve included a drinking game. Gather your friends and “Manchester by the Sea-shell Macaroni Salad” by 6 P.M. for red carpet coverage; the ceremony itself beings at 7:30 P.M on ABC.