As far as Oscar parties go, you could hardly pick a better year to attend one. Thanks to a Best Picture nomination field featuring 10 films a tradition discontinued after 1943 and now brought back as the Academys answer to the throwback jersey an uncharacteristically accessible collection of films has made the cut. I mean, District 9 was cool, but Best Picture? Really?? Between the controversy spurred on there and co-hosting duties being split between living legends Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, the 82nd annual Little Gold Man ceremonies promise to be pretty damn entertaining. Will the Navi present the animation award? Will Kathryn Bigelow give James Cameron a cool nod en route to the podium, or will it be vice versa? Will you hurl one of the theaters defective seats at the screen when Inglourious Basterds gets the shaft? Whatever happens, what makes this better than watching at home is the surrounding hoopla: lavish goodies by Whole Foods, wines by Village Wines, lots of swell-looking folks dressed to the nines, a real-live red carpet and more. Plus the proceeds go towards helping out a theater that shows better movies most every week of the year than whats being honored. The Belcourts Oscar Night America Gala is a local tradition that manages to make Nashville, or the Hollywood of the Red States, feel just a little more like the real deal. Tickets start at $50 for the gala only and $125-$1,000 for the works.
Sun., March 7, 5:30 p.m., 2010