Local residents received movie star treatment Saturday night, walking the red carpet and voting for their favorite films at the inaugural Hollywood at the Park.
The pre-Oscar event was held at Park Theater one night before the actual Oscar ceremony. It was complete with red carpet interviews, Oscar voting, live entertainment and award presentations.
“It was really a lot of fun putting on this show,” said Cydney Langford, one of the organizers. “I think people enjoyed dressing up for a good cause and the performances were great.”
It was the first event planned by The Sunday Night Movie Club, which formed about a year ago with the goal of bringing awareness to worthy organizations in our community. The Oscar event was held as a fundraiser for Kids of the Community.
A live auction conducted by Randy England raised $3,645 with additional money coming from ticket sales and sponsorships.
Captivating vocal performances were delivered by Anna Kneip, who sung “This Is Me” and Emmy Stepien who sung “Into the Unknown.”
Guests had the chance to vote for six Oscar categories. Comparing the winners after Sunday’s Oscar show, local residents agreed with the Academy Award judges in just two of the six categories.
Renee Zellweger won best actress and “Toy Story 4” won best animated film in both the local event and at the Oscars.
Other winners as voted by local residents were best actor Leonardo DiCaprio, best director Quentin Tarantino, best picture “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” and best original song, “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2.”
The actual winners in those categories at the Oscars were best actor Joaquin Phoenix for “The Joker,” best director Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite,” best picture “Parasite,” and best original song, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John from Rocketman.