momready archives

Academy Awards Party

Posted by Elisa Taub
Academy Awards Party

Oscar Gets Royal Treatment

In case an A-list event isn't on your calendar this Sunday night (2/25), throw an Oscar party of your own with family and friends. Let those celebrities spend the day primping - we'll show you how to skip the red carpet, lounge in sweats on your couch and still be home in time to tuck the kids into bed! This year's 79th Annual Academy Awards has plenty of entries that kids have seen; in fact, the Best Animated Features category consists solely ofCars, Happy Feet and Monster House.

The excitement of the Academy Awards is something we grew up on, but our kids lump all award shows in the dime-a-dozen category. As film-loving moms, sharing the Oscars with kids is a way to underline that moviemaking is about more than movie stars and their clothes. Behind each nominated film is a crew of hundreds -- editors, camera crews, seamstresses, writers and many more - who each have a unique job. The announcement of an award for Cinematography or Costume Design or Best Director is your chance to explain who is busy behind the scenes.

Here's how we organize our party: Print out ballots from one of the many on-line sources (we like the Los Angeles Times' version--see link below). Hand out the ballots along with clear rules. We ask everyone to complete their ballots before the opening monologue, there is no changing votes and no gloating if you're winning. We also make sure we have prizes for everyone. For the youngest kids, have them focus on the Animated Feature. It's simple - which did they love the most -- Cars, Happy Feet or Monster House? The best part of the party? When the telecast ends and the stars saunter off to their power parties, we help our kids make their final costume change of the day, happy that we had a Hollywood evening, family style!


Want to know how we did this with our kids?
Tune in to ABC at 5:00/8:00 (Pacific Time/Eastern Standard) for the official start of the Awards. If you want a glimpse of the red carpet action, tune in at least an hour earlier. Remember, the monologue is often too sophisticated for young kids and a good time to play Oscar Trivia with kids (see below).

Want to know how to do this with older kids?
Elementary aged kids have probably seen Best Actor nominee Will Smith's performance in The Pursuit of Happyness, and are experts in all things related to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which is up for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, and Visual Affects. Our kids have strong opinions about the Costume Design category, this year, including The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Marie Antoinette, The Queen and Curse of the Golden Flower (this one is rated R).

Want to know a COOL FACT about Oscar?
No one really knows how Oscar got his name. The most popular story is that an Academy librarian thought the statues looked like her uncle, whose name was Oscar.

Want to know our favorite Oscar trivia book?
75 Years of Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awardsand Oscar Night: 75 Years of Oscar Parties

Want to know a few Oscar-oriented sites on the web? The Los Angeles Times has a website devoted to the major Hollywood Awards shows. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's website has a full, printable list of this year's nominees for your Oscar party, as well as history and trivia from past shows. was founded by two moms who are passionate about film and media literacy. They decided to combat the creep of screen time in their kids' lives by getting on the couch and watching great films together with their families. To sign up for your FREE weekly email, CLICK HERE.