Only 10 days remain until the Belcourt Theatre holds its annual Academy Awards® viewing party and fundraiser.
The 12th such gathering, Oscar® Experience: Nashville, is Sunday, Feb. 24. This popular event — one of the Belcourt’s largest annual fundraising efforts — offers a great way for film fans to experience Hollywood’s largest awards show. It features a red carpet entrance, a great silent auction, a glamorous VIP backstage lounge, and more; event co-chairs are Amos Gott and Holly Hoffman. Tickets are available at www.belcourt.org. Belcourt members receive discounts on tickets according to their membership levels.
“This event gives Belcourt supporters a special and unique experience to enjoy all the excitement of the Academy Awards® with friends and other film fans,” says Stephanie Silverman, executive director of the Belcourt Theatre. “We’re delighted to once again be one of the select venues across the country that receives special permission from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show the Oscars® on our big screens. Of course, we’ve screened many of the nominated films, including the Nashville premieres of Best Picture nominees Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour, and we know Belcourt movie-goers have many favorites they’ll be cheering for.”
The Oscar® Experience event begins at 5:30 p.m. for VIP Patron and Patron levels ticket holders, who will enjoy complimentary valet parking, a red carpet entrance — complete with photographers to capture elegant arrivals — open bar and cocktail buffet, an official Academy Awards® program and a gift bag. VIP Patrons will enjoy reserved seating and a glamorous backstage lounge as well.
General level ticket holders may arrive at 7 p.m. to enjoy an incredible silent auction, cocktail buffet and open bar (cash bar after 9 p.m.). There will be plenty of seating to view the televised-live Academy Awards® show on either of the Belcourt’s two huge movie screens, according to event organizers.
Party guests may place bids on a variety of luxury and one-of-a-kind items, including a vacation rental at a home in the South of France; a Nashville Scooter Tour for up to ten people; a peacoat from designer Billy Reid, as worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall; a leather jacket similar to one worn by Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds; a newly released turntable by Third Man Records; a “Blunderbuss” LP signed by Jack White; Avett Brothers and Black Keys tickets from Outback Concerts; a clothing item designed by Nashville designer and current Project Runway contestant Amanda Valentine; and more.
Tickets for Oscar® Experience range in price from $75 ($50/Belcourt member) to $275 ($250/member).
General: $75/person ($50/Belcourt member), 7 p.m. arrival; open bar and cocktail buffet until 9 p.m. (cash bar following)
Patron: $175/person ($15O/Belcourt member), early 5:30 p.m. arrival; open bar all evening with cocktail buffet; one gift bag with official program of the 85th Annual Academy Awards®
VIP Patron: $275/person ($250/Belcourt member), early 5:30 p.m. arrival; reserved seating for one in the 1925 Hall (plus a table for every two VIP Patron tickets purchased); access to VIP backstage lounge with premium open bar all evening; one gift bag with official program of the 85th Annual Academy Awards®.