Hollywood’s Biggest Night

tvCalling all movie fans! It’s that time of year again…Oscar time! On Sunday, February 24, the stars will gather at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to hand out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ awards for the best in acting, directing, music, sound, costumes, make-up, documentary…the list of awards seems endless…sometimes the show does too!

This year’s movies are a worthy bunch.

Have you seen the Best Picture nominees: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, Vice and Bohemian Rhapsody? Black Panther and Roma lead the pack with ten nominations each, A Star Is Born and Vice both follow with eight nominations each.

These films include some very compelling stories like BlacKkKlansman: the story of an African American police detective in Colorado Springs who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s; A Star is Born: the classic Hollywood love story about a has-been singer who discovers and falls for a young new talent; Green Book: a film about a black musician who forms a strong bond with his Italian tough-guy driver; Vice: a behind the scenes account of the Dick Cheney/George W. Bush relationship and how it affected American politics; and Bohemian Rhapsody: a glimpse at the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Check out all the nominees in this story from Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate, TMJ4.

Milwaukee’s own favorite film critic, Ryan Jay will share his views on all things Oscar. Check out his website and tune into The Morning Blend for his Oscar previews and wrap-ups.

Watching Oscar contenders and other movies need not be a guilty pleasure. There are actually health benefits to movie watching. Aside from the social component of watching films with family and friends, movies help us to escape from our own lives and problems for a short while. OverSixty reports movies as being good for your heart in their ability to stimulate a good full-on belly laugh. They can be a practical way to cope with stress, and can improve emotional intelligence with narratives that “may facilitate the understanding of others’ minds.”

But really, movies are just great (or sometimes not-so-great) entertainment. And who doesn’t love dissecting the fashions on the red carpet?

Milwaukee movie-goers have the opportunity to enjoy the East Side’s own Oriental Theatre and Downer Theatre. These gems are great places to see some of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies and other high-quality films in beautiful historic buildings.

Get in on the red carpet glamour and excitement and raise money for a great cause at the COA Oscar Night Fundraiser. Put on your tux and zip up the gown for red carpet arrivals, a gourmet dinner and a chance to watch the big show on a big screen.

Or throw on your sweatpants and invite a few Eastcastle neighbors over to watch the show at home.