Did your invite to this Sunday's Academy Awards get lost in the mail? (Ours, too — weird.) Don't fret. Root for "The Fighter" and razz celebs for their red carpet faux pas at these local events. Finery and catty comments encouraged.
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Red Carpet Party: The glamour! The gowns! The intrigue! Watch the Oscars, sip bubbly, and judge celeb style with the beautiful people at this fete. And, darling, dress to impress: Walk the red carpet for a chance to win brunch for two at Henrietta's Table. (Surely, Donna Karan has a few minutes to whip up a haute couture confection for you this week.) 6:30 p.m. No cover. 21+. Noir. 617-661-8010, noir-bar.com [Globe photographer Erik Jacobs will shoot the action, so be sure to strut your glitzy stuff.]
Oscar Viewing Party: Bring on the bling and snark. Judges from fabulous Somerville vintage boutique Artifaktori will choose the best dressed partygoers at this Upstairs on the Square affair. (There will also be a prize for best predictor — better shine that crystal ball.) Film-themed menu items include the "(Julianne) Moore Nachos Are Alright!" — fried tortilla chips, housemade cheese fonduta, "127 Hours refried beans,"guac, sour cream, black olives, and tempura peppers ($9). The spicy Parmesan popcorn at the bar is free. 7 p.m. No cover. Upstairs on the Square. 617-864-1933. upstairsonthesquare.com
Also: The annual see-and-be-seen Ellie Fund fete at the Mandarin Oriental is sold out . . . AMC Loews Boston Common is showing the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture back-to-back starting with "Toy Story 3" at 10 a.m. Saturday. It's $50 for a marathon pass (which includes at $20 credit to the concession stand — wheee!) . . . Catch Academy Award-nominated short films (animated and live action) at the ICA Sunday . . . Restaurant dante is saluting homegrown Oscar nominees with three themed drinks: "The Fighter" (whiskey, simply syrup, and hibiscus), "The Town" (blackberry vodka and gin), and "The Social Network" (raspberry and cherry vodkas and Red Bull). Bottom's up.
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