The 2011 Oscar Awards Ceremony was broadly panned by critics and fans, and if I had stayed home to watch it, I might have found it lackluster, too. Instead, my boyfriend and I attended the free Oscar Party at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (or simply “The Modern,” as folks around here call it) and had a great time.
First off, the people-watching was top notch. Not only were there snappy tuxedos and glittering gowns galore, but many people came in character. I spotted a gaggle of Black Swans, and several Alice in Wonderland characters, as well as a Phyllis Diller lookalike. A handful of guys sported cowboy hats (not uncommon around here) but I did not see a single eye patch, much to my surprise. One clever person came dressed as a Facebook profile page.
Papparazzi and journalists greeted us at the entrance, interviewed everyone, and shot red carpet photos of all us ‘celebrities.’ When asked what I was wearing, I told my interview, “Thrift Town,” the name of a local second hand shop (it really is a great store.)
A professional photographer snapped high-quality red carpet pictures that are available for sale on his site (It costs $9.75 for a digital version, which seems a little steep. Still, I may take the plunge.)
Due to various microbes and other unforeseen events, none of our friends could attend, so I worried we would have a lonely night. I feared the event might attract an insular crowd, y’know, some impenetrable clique of film snobs, but that was not the case at all.
This is Cowtown, after all, not the real Hollywood. People were friendly, and we had lively conversations all evening. An open bar, snacks, a slew of generous prizes and a fellow drawing free caricatures of people as their favorite Toy Story 3 character, rounded out the offerings.
This is the third consecutive year that The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has hosted this show in conjuction with DFW.com and the Lone Star Film Society . They did a tremendous job. Having thrown a party or two in my time, I know how much hard work it takes, and these guys pulled it off well.
I am kicking myself for not taking more pictures, however, and not using the flash when I did. Guess I was a little star struck. Also, we should have asked more that one person to take our photo. Live and learn, I suppose.
Considering that I recently blogged about wishing people would have more fun with fashion and dress up for fun, I certainly got my wish Sunday evening. I definitely plan to attend the 2012 Oscar watching party at The Modern in Fort Worth.
Did you watch the Oscars? If so, where were you and how do you feel it compared to previous years?