(I don't think I included enough exclamation points in the post title.)
I'm guessing that we approach this night the way many approach Superbowl Sunday parties (have only heard about Superbowl Sunday parties through folklore, but have never actually experienced one - sports just aren't our thang). For the momentous, stupendous, enthralling Oscar Night...
- We need careful planning of the menu...choice nibbles and special treats, but nothing too stuffy, along with sparkling drinks. (Here's what Wolfgang Puck will be serving at the Governor's Ball...ours won't be quite that elaborate.)
- We tune in for The Barbara Walter's Oscar Special at 7:oo (similar to the Superbowl pregame show?) and watch right on through to the end.
- We comment liberally on clothing and personalities.
- We check off our ballots to vote for our Oscar faves.
- And then we settle in to listen to the chosen host, to see how the stars are at presenting, and to see if our selections are the winners.
It ends up being a pretty late night, but it is so worth it.
Some day, I would like to hold one of those gold statuettes in my own hands...preferably the one Vivien Leigh won for playing Scarlett O'Hara or the one Gone With the Wind won for Best Picture, one of the TEN awards it received way back in 1939.
Oscar Trivia: Did you know that the statuette is an art deco rendition of a knight? He's holding a crusader's sword and standing on a reel of film with 5 spokes, which represent the original branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS)...Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, & Technicians.
Bette Davis thought she was the one who first called him "Oscar," because she said he looked like her first husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson.