A guide to Big Apple Oscar viewing
If you can’t make it out to Hollywood to walk the red carpet with Natalie Portman and Colin Firth at the Oscars on Sunday, spend the evening celebrating in style at one of these spots around the city.
Murray Hill’s Annual Oscar Party
Comedian Murray Hill gets party-goers involved in the action — prizes are being doled out out for the best- and worst-dressed attendees. Comedic commentary, movie spoofs and trivia run throughout the awards show.
Joe’s Pub: 425 Lafayette St., btwn E. Four St. and Astor Pl., 212-967-7555; $25
The Costume Cultural Society presents this viewing/dance/costume party. Prizes include Best Celebrity (delusions of grandeur and temper tantrums encouraged) and Best Costumes (from a recent or past films)
Soiree and Crash Mansion: 199 Bowery, at Spring St., tickets at kostumekult.com; $20
Paley Center’s Viewing and Voting Bash
Walk a red carpet before entering this party, which features the show — as well as a live Twitter feed — broadcast on the big-screen. Also enjoy trivia, food and drinks.
The Paley Center: 25 W. 52nd St., btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., 212-621-6600; $20-$25
This bash is all about the red-carpet fashions. Partygoers can play fashion police all nice alongside a style panel that includes designers Timo Weiland and Jonathan Simkhai. Open bar, champagne toast and appetizers included. Hosted by Refinery 29.
W New York-Union Square: 201 Park Ave. S., at 17th St., tickets at reserve.refinery29.com; $40
Bobo’s Annual Oscars Party
The food is the main attraction at this watch party. Chef Patrick Connolly has created a four-course meal that includes 127 Hors D’Oeuvres, The Kings Salad, Shrimp and True Grits and Black Swan Chocolate Cake. Red carpet-worthy attire is a must.
Bobo: 181 W. 10th St., btwn W. Fourth St. and Seventh Ave. S., 212-488-2626; $50
The Village Pourhouse’s Oscar Party
Pick the most winners and be awarded with a free hour of open bar. Complimentary popcorn is being served, and drink specials start at 8 p.m.
Village Pourhouse Restaurant Row: 366 W. 46th St., btwn Eighth and Ninth aves., 212-979-2337; FREE
How do you think Anne Hathaway and James Franco will do as Oscar hosts on Sunday?
Great! They're both good actors and they seem to have good chemisty. Terrible. Hosting duties should always go to real comedians. Who cares? We like to watch with the sound off and provide our own commentary anyway.