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The Hollywood summer movie season is off to a huge start at the box office in May with a variety of sequels and retelling of classics. It’s been nearly 40 years since the previous telling of The Great Gatsby, so this isn’t really a sequel. Fast and Furious 6, and The Hangover 3 will be attempting to pull their fans back to the theater. Trekies are also a loyal group who are waiting for the next installment of Star Trek. The latest Star Trek film, Into The Darkness debuts at the end of May.
But the leader is Iron Man 3 which has captured the box office title two weeks in a row. The appeal of Iron Man 3 spans generations from younger children and their parents to older generations since Iron Man first appeared in comic books 50 years ago.
Could it happen again? The first tie vote in official Academy Awards balloting was back in the 1930’s, even before the advent of the Oscar statue as the trophy.
Ties have popped up a few times since. One of the most notable was the 41st Academy Awards show broadcast in 1969. That was the year that Ingrid Bergman announced from the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, “It’s a Tie!” as both Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand shared the award for Best Actress. However, only Streisand took the stage to thank the first world wide television audience, as Hepburn skipped the ceremony that year.
This year marks the first that members of the Academy are able to cast their ballots online. The votes are now in and the stars, producers, directors, and studios now wait until the telecast on Sunday evening, February 24th for the results.
Shindigz, a leading party supplies provider, has been asking its party planner shoppers who they believe will take home this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. With over 5,000 votes cast this month in an online poll, the current tally indicates there may be another tie in the making.
Leading the voting for Best Picture are Lincoln and Les Miserables, we have only 3 votes separating them just days before the big event. And Argo is only 20 votes behind in third place.
“We could have another tie for Best Picture,” predicts Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Shindigz. With three strong film contenders, wouldn’t that cap off a grand Hollywood party.”
For now, only the accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers know for sure who will win when the envelope is opened live Sunday night on ABC television.
In the meantime, relive the previous Best Picture winners and share this see how many of these films you and your Oscar Party guests can name!
Last year, for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the event planning was a major exercise in project management, as the theater that the awards were held in seated 3300 people and the after party alone required hiring 900 employees. Without a doubt, this year’s Academy Awards (being held in just a few days!) will be just as gala an event. In that vein, I’ve been thinking of ways that you can make your next big party as ostentatious as the Oscars, while maintaining a more Main Street budget. Start with an eye toward personalizing your party.
Remininscent of old Hollywood and Academy Awards glamour combined, invite your guests to your next red-carpet event in style. Match your invitations with a grand entrance on Hollywood Sidewalk Stars in front of the red carpet and paparazzi. Don’t forget to have your guests photos taken on the way in to the big event, just like the real Hollywood celebs, in front of your official, Red Carpet Photo Op Personalized Standee. A Plastic Red Rope Railing Scene Setter will also help with this look. Your guests will feel like they were at the Oscars!
A few other classic song ideas are:
Once you’ve got your guests coming down your red carpet, greet them with some over-the-top sparkly “bling” before they come in through the doors. After passing through beautiful glitter slip columns, make the ladies feel Hollywood G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S with some strings of pearls and diamond rings. Top hats, VIP passes, and gangster fedoras would also all make excellent wearable favors to get guests in the spirit of Hollywood to start the party.
Use decorating fabrics to disguise bleachers, or use chair covers and sashes to create a Hollywood black tie affair. It’s realy the little touches that make an event sparkle. I can remember truly magical nights in a high school gymnasium that are memorable still, because the event coordinators took the time to transform that oh-so-ordinary place into an impossible fantasy evening.
Personalized playing cards at each table give guests something else to do when taking a break from the dancing and fabulous entertainment. Seated around this star centerpiece (continuing the theme from outside!)under beautiful movie lights, you will create a night to remember of your own in true Hollywood style.
Celebrities capture the party-planning and decorating pulse. Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Shindigz, a leading online party supplies retailer, remarks that “in the process of analyzing trends in party decor, we found hot venues that celebrities like. By looking at 200+ wedding and engagement announcements, the Shindigz team narrowed down five, hot spots that create buzz and are available to the public for weddings, events, and parties.”
Necker Island – British Virgin Islands
The ultimate destination wedding resort, this 74-acre private island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and hideaway. Last year, this luxurious resort hosted Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s secluded wedding. Necker Island accommodates up to 28 guests with larger wedding parties support by working with neighboring islands.
Kunde Family Estate – Kenwood, CA
This 100+ year old, 5th generation family estate is known for its wine and hosting memorable weddings. Mountain top views, stone ruins and wine aging caves carved into volcanic lava flows are among the choices for the ceremony and reception. Actor Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller married at the winery in October.
Sowden House – Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Lloyd Wright, son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the historic home pays homage to Mayan culture and reflects the elements of nature. It was featured in Scorsese’s film “Aviator” and was the setting for former “Dexter” star Julie Benz’s marriage to marketing executive Rich Orosco last Cinco de Mayo.
Arlington Hall at Lee Park – Dallas, TX
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and former Miss Missouri Candice Crawford chose stately Arlington Hall at Lee Park for their nuptials. Recently renovated, the hall and park make a peaceful setting nestled in Dallas’ historic Uptown area. Many call the site the front lawn of Dallas because of the majestic trees and beautiful lawns.
Front Porch Farms – Ashland City, TN
Country music insiders know this antebellum-style estate located west of Nashville. It’s fitting that Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood wed Kelli Cashiola amid the picturesque countryside . Couple it with Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s engagement party that was held here and Front Porch Farms is the place to ride your county-themed wedding!
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