The glitz! The glamor! The biggest night in Hollywood is almost here -- yes folks, it's Oscar time. On Sunday, Feb. 26, the celebrities will be strutting the red carpet and the nominees will await the sound of their name at the 84th Academy Awards. Cheer on your favorite celebrities, gawk at the gorgeous gowns, and take in the spectacle of it all at one of these local hotspots.
Dig out that ball gown or tuxedo and dress to impress for Upstairs on the Square's annual Oscar viewing party in the Monday Club, where the best looking man and woman will go home with a gift certificate to the Harvard Square spot. www.upstairsonthesquare.com
There will be movie-themed cocktails, prizes, snacks, and more at the Back Bay location of King's for their annual Academy Awards viewing party, which starts at 7 p.m. And hey, if the show starts to lag, you can always grab a lane and do some bowling. kingsbackbay.com
Catch a marathon viewing of five nominees for best picture on the big screen at the AMC Loews Boston Common. On Saturday, Feb. 25, a $40 one-day pass will get you access to "Hugo," "The Help," "The Artist," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and "Midnight in Paris." (Schedule below.)
11 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. "Hugo"
1:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. "The Help"
4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
7:15 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. "The Artist"
9:05 p.m. – 10:39 p.m. "Midnight in Paris"
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