January 26, 2011 — The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to Charlottesville on Oscar Night, Feb. 27. Movie fans are invited to wear Hollywood-inspired attire and experience the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the city's own "Oscar Night America" party.
Benefiting the Virginia Film Festival and the Paramount Theater, the celebration will be held at the Paramount beginning at 6:30 p.m. The local event is one of 50 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country.
General admission tickets are $45, and include admission to the live high-definition broadcast; food and wine; the official Oscars program; coffee, popcorn and soda.
Tickets are on sale at the Paramount Box Office, online here or by calling 434-979-1333.
"I can't think of a grander night to be at the Paramount, watching the Oscars live in HD, on the largest screen in Central Virginia," Mary Beth Aungier, general manager of the Paramount, said.
The Paramount audience will watch the Academy Awards telecast live on large screens courtesy of WVAW, the Charlottesville affiliate of the ABC television network, which broadcasts the Academy Awards presentation. This is the 18th year that the academy and ABC have cooperated with local charities to support official Oscar Night viewing parties throughout the country. This year marks the second year that Charlottesville's party has been sanctioned by the academy.
"Oscar Night has always been an opportunity for friends and families to gather together and cheer for their favorite films and stars," Bruce Davis, the academy's executive director, said. "This nationwide network of fundraising parties is a natural extension of that shared experience."
Oscar Night parties last year raised more than $3 million in 51 cities. All money raised stays in the local community.
The academy will provide party guests in Charlottesville the same official program distributed to guests at the Oscars presentation at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
"We are honored and thrilled to have the Virginia Film Festival and the Paramount Theater chosen as one of only 50 venues nationwide officially sanctioned to broadcast Hollywood's biggest night," Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa said. "Oscar Night generates excitement all over the world, and with the academy's help, our guests will feel like they are on the A-list."
Charlottesville guests will walk the red carpet into the theater and sample tastes from Charlottesville's top restaurants. There will also be raffles throughout the evening; prizes will include exclusive tickets to local arts events, Hollywood-inspired gift baskets, gift certificates from Charlottesville's favorite business and much more.
The Virginia Film Festival is a four-day celebration of the magic of the movies featuring first-run features and timeless classics, high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, and filmmakers from throughout Virginia and beyond. The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For information visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.
Charlottesville's Oscar Night America party is presented by Virginia National Bank with additional support provided by Charlottesville Newsplex WVAW ABC16, C-ville Weekly, 1070 WINA Newsradio, 106.1 The Corner and Lite Rock Z95.1.