The biggest night in Hollywood is almost here! This year's Academy Awards will be crucial for the future of Hollywood. The #OscarsSoWhite boycott was launched last year in response to the entirely white cast of performance nominees. This was the second year in a row for this to occur. The Academy took steps in diversifying themselves in the hope that a disparate group of voters would inherently diversify the outcome. The results of these efforts will surely show themselves at this year's awards, as the Academy will decide what (and who) they represent.
One of the most astute judgements of the Academy will come from this year's winner of Best Picture. Moonlight and La La Land are top contenders for this award, both deserving in their own right. However, if either of these films take home this award, it will say a lot about the future of Hollywood. Moonlight, a story about America through the experience of black Americans, is thought-provoking, genuine, and informative. If this film wins the award, the Academy will prove that they are willing to represent all Americans and serve mainstream culture. La La Land, a story about honoring artistic tradition while still evolving and keeping up with history, is a sentimental Hollywood story that has clearly resinated with the American film industry. If La La Land takes this award, the Academy will have voted for a project that reflects a romanticization of Hollywood but not necessarily American culture as a whole. A La La Land win could possibly indicate an egotistic elitism of Hollywood that wont be identifiable to many audiences outside of the industry.
Then, of course, there are other seven nominated Best Picture films. There are stories like Fences and Hidden Figures that revisit oppression and segregation in American history. There's Manchester By The Sea, which has a strong possibility of winning this award but also may have the hamartia of Casey Affleck's recent debauched reputation. No matter what film wins Best Picture this year, Hollywood will surely define itself and begin a path towards change. You won't want to miss it.
So I've put together a list of the best seats in the city to watch all the action as it happens. Here are 6 places you can go to watch the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Enjoy!
1.Syndicated's dine-in theater in Williamsburg is dedicating the entire day to the Oscars. Haven't caught up on this year's nominated films? Syndicated will be screening all of the nominated short documentaries all day. And when it's time to tune into the red carpet, the Syndicated Oscar Viewing Party begins. Grab a drink & a snack from the bar, take a seat, and watch the action as it happens. Tickets are $10.
2.Le Poisson Rouge is hosting The Big Oscars Quiz Thing. Get there at 5:30 for an Oscar-themed quiz bowl and the chance to win prizes! The red carpet and awards screening begins at 7:00. Table seating and standing room tickets are $10. Click here to book your tickets. The fine print: when purchasing table seating tickets, you agree to also purchase two food or drink items per ticket.
3.Looking for a free option? There's a Free Oscars Viewing Party at The Skint in Gowanus. This open-concept art space will have full coverage of the entire night for free. They're even throwing in a free glass of champagne! Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Space is limited, so RSVP for this event here.
4. Want to get dolled up for this year's awards? Do it in style at the 230 Fifth Rooftop party! For $35, you get access to an open bar, an open hors d'oeuvres station, and an excellent view of the NYC skyline. Full coverage of the event will be screened all night. Proper attire required. Must be 21+ to attend. Grab your tickets for this red carpet event here.
5.The Village Pourhouse is hosting their Oscar party with the chance to win prizes! Cast your ballot at the door. In addition to 2 hours of open bar, winners of each category and the winner of the most correct guesses will receive an extra free hour at the bar. Snacks such as their signature pretzel crusted chicken nuggets, death wings, and chicken n’ waffles will be included. Tickets are $40 per person.
6. Videology in Brooklyn is hosting an Oscar Party starting at 6:00! The event will be screened at the bar and in screening rooms. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Seating is limited, so get there early. Doors open at 5:30. No purchase necessary!