As the Oscars turn 85 Sunday night, you'll be able to witness the red-carpet glamour and the snubbed stars' death glares on the silver screen. Three of South Florida's independent cinemas are hosting watch parties for the Academy Awards in each of the three counties.
Cinema Paradiso's event will award champagne to guests who dress as a Seth MacFarlane character. The Oscar host's repertoire doesn't only include "Family Guy." MacFarlane is also behind the cartoons "American Dad" and "Johnny Bravo," as well as the 2012 comedy "Ted." The ursine protagonist of that film will be at the theater to pose with attendees. So don some toony threads and make your bets at the door, before you step in for the cocktails and candy served at the venue starting at 6 p.m. General admission costs $20. 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-525-3456 or FLIFF.com.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival hosts Oscar Night America at the West Palm Beach CityPlace Muvico, where $35 gets you one cocktail and entry to a silent auction. For $30 more, receive an official 85th Academy Awards poster — remember, this is a charity event benefiting the festival. The broadcast will start at 7:30 p.m. to catch all the red-carpet arrivals, but the main event is scheduled for 8. Organizers encourage guests to dress in "Hollywood chic" attire and cast their ballots for nominees early. 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach. 561-362-0003 or PBIFilmFest.org.
The Miami Beach Cinematheque advertised its sold-out members-only event as a dressed-down, casual watch party to cut the organization some slack in its 20th year. Members were advised to bring their own food and drinks, and nonmembers were required to purchase a $40 membership. Tickets went quickly. Because last-minute cancellations are always a possibility, here's where to go for tickets to the 6 p.m. party: 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-4567 or MBCinema.com.
Miami Beach is sure to be more of a madhouse than usual, with the closing night of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival taking place. For an Oscar-themed cocktail a bit farther north, head to the W South Beach for a Grey Goose Celebration Cocktail, made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.