The Academy Awards are returning on Sunday, in a sort of more-in-person-than-not, still-kind-of-virtual form, attempting to address the late-pandemic, semi-vaccinated limbo we all find ourselves living through. Fans, too, will have options to watch the telecast at home with special take-out and delivery offerings from local restaurants, or venture out for in-person, socially-distanced Oscar party events.
Spend Oscar night watching the show at the Milky Way–a restaurant opened by Steven Spielberg’s mom in 1977. Enjoy a five-course dinner created by Chef Phil Kastel, and submit a ballot with your best guesses before the show starts; the most correct picks will win a prize. 9108 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson.
The bar team at the W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills has dreamed up cocktails inspired by some of this year’s most-nominated films, including Mank, Minari, and Sound of Metal. Order one a the hotel’s outdoor Hideout bar, or make one at home using recipes they’ve posted online. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood.
A gathering without cake is just a meeting, so make sure your Oscar watch is an actual party with a mille crêpes cake from Lady M Confections. To celebrate the movies, they’ve developed a limited edition popcorn-inspired flavor. 8718 W 3rd St, Los Angeles; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.
Classic L.A. restaurant Jar will set your Oscar party up with fun snacks–pot roast sliders, homemade potato chips with dip, baby back char siu ribs–and batched or make-at-home cocktails, including the aptly named “For Your Consideration.” 8225 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove.
For a luxurious awards show experience, book a stay at the Santa Monica Proper hotel and opt for the special Oscar Kit package, which includes accommodations, caviar, and Champagne. Artisan popcorn, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and other movie star-worthy treats are also available. 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
The big screen at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood will take a night off from showing drive-in movies to instead host a drive-in Oscar party. If you prefer to be outside your car, outdoor table seating is also available. 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Note: Los Angeles Magazine is a sponsor of this event.
For those staying at home, but eager to connect with other awards show-watching pals, the Houseparty app has teamed up with ABC to create officially sanctioned Oscars trivia games and video frames. houseparty.com
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