As we all know, tonight The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry. If you care at all about movies, actors, or being able to participate in any conversations on Monday, then I suspect you’ll be tuning in. As luck would have it, I have assembled a little organizing guide to help make your Oscar Sunday a smooth and smashing success:
First things first, you’ll want to ensure your ability to watch. Double check the air time (8:30PM EST), and network (ABC). If you’re planning to record the award show, make sure your Tivo/ DVR is all set and ready to go.
Um, as far as red carpet coverage goes, well, I’ll just quote the Washington Post here, “In select markets, ABC will begin airing red carpet coverage at 4:30 p.m. ET. The big guns will begin hosting the coverage at 7 p.m. ET. E!’s red carpet coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET. I repeat — 1:30 p.m., seven hours before the Oscars begin. The network will also stream coverage from the carpet beginning at 5:15 p.m. here. CNN’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.; TV Guide Network’s at 6 p.m.” Do with that information what you will.
No one likes to watch a three-hour award show on a rumbling tummy. Plan what you will have for dinner ahead of time. If you can multitask, feel free to dine while you watch. If you require sole concentration on B. Crystal, then you’ll want to get your nutrients prior to show-time.
I’ll be wearing my ball gown naturally, but you may want to go with something slightly more casual in style. “Casual” certainly isn’t code for “unintentional,” however, so make sure to give sufficient thought to your clothing choice in advance. The chosen garments should be laundered and ready for their big debut. Here, some wardrobe recommendations:
Seating is a definite priority, and so you’ll want to make sure you have enough spots to accommodate your viewing party. Add additional seats as needed. Couches and chairs should be accessorized appropriately for TV-watching. I suggest something along these lines:
If playing along is your thing, then you’ll surely want to be equipped with some Oscar ballots. These are fun if you’re watching with a large group, or if you find yourself getting a tad bored somewhere around the middle when they present all those awards to people you’ve never heard of.
Finally, you may wish to prepare some oscar-themed goodies to munch on during the momentous event.
Make the necessary preparations for an organized Oscar Sunday and you’ll end up a winner no matter what. Academy Award goes to UH YOUUU.