The envelope please.
An Oscar awards show called Hollywood at the Park is set for this Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Park Theater, complete with red carpet.
“Our original idea was to have an Oscar viewing party to give people a chance to dress up and watch the show,” said organizer David Williams. “But it was a little tricky trying to get permission from ABC to show the Oscars so we decided to do this instead. We hope people dress up and come as famous actors or they can just dress up.”
The event will feature live entertainment and there will be computer voting on six Oscar categories – actor, actress, film, director, animated film, and song.
The categories will include the actual people and films nominated for Oscars. The crowd will get to makes its picks on who should win. Then fans watching the Oscars the following night on Feb. 9 can see how McMinnville’s picks compare to the actual winners.
There will be people presenting and accepting the awards in each category.
“Ben Lomand Connect will be broadcasting red carpet arrivals live on BLTV,” said Williams. “We plan on having reporting from the red carpet where people can be photographed and interviewed like real celebrities.”
The pre-Oscar event is a fundraiser for Kids of the Community and presented by The Sunday Night Movie Club, of which Williams is a founding member. All proceeds go to Kids of the Community.
Hollywood at the Park is being held in memory of Teddy Bassham, who passed away in 2019.
Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be purchased at Wink Skincare on N. Spring Street, Northside Video on Old Smithville Highway, Ashley’s Attic on Main Street, and All-O-K’Sions Flowers and Gifts on West Morford Street.
About 270 tickets have already been accounted for and organizers are hoping for a packed house. Hollywood at the Park begins at 6 p.m. on the red carpet. The show starts at 7 p.m.