Whether you are hosting a safe, in-person Oscar viewing party, or maybe you are attending a virtual zoom party, or even just watching alone while texting people who don’t care, you may want to prepare a bit for Sunday night’s 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. Whatever your situation is going to be, these 3 easy tips will elevate your night from basic to unforgettable.
1. Convince your non-movie fans to bet you in Oscar brackets
What are the Oscars without swindling some money from your friends? You already have a head start. You read Metaflix! It’s incredibly important not to tell them this, however, since you need to convince them you don’t really know who’s going to win. This will give them false confidence and make them bet you more. For some ideas on which picks to go with, check out Metaflix’s official list of Oscar predictions here.
But what do you do if these non-movie friends don’t want to bet you? Easy. Tell them, “It’s just like March Madness! It’s basically a sport!” This will rile them up enough so they will just bet you out of spite. Continuously compare it to the Superbowl for added benefit.
2. Remember, Best Picture is last, so plan for the long game
This is a mistake I see all the time. The Oscars are long, and the big award—Best Picture—is the very last award (for a reason!). If you choose to drink, and let’s be honest, it’s been too long of a year not to, make sure not to pass out by Sound Mixing.
However, it may be wise to make sure your Republican uncle does pass out early on, lest you have to hear all about how these “Hollywood liberals” should “stay in their lane!”
3. Become a snob and really lean into it
Award shows like the Oscars are strange because it really is just a bunch of incredibly rich and famous people handing each other awards on television. They are also wearing unbelievably expensive clothes. Adding onto that the fact we are in a pandemic that has ravaged the globe may make you wonder why we should even care. And the fact is, we shouldn’t. It doesn’t matter. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be any fun.
My biggest tip for the best Oscar party ever is to just lean into the smugness of the whole night. Get a pipe, wear a scarf indoors, know a weird amount about truffles. If you are so unbearable that you lose all your friends, you’ve done enough.
And those are my 3 tips for elevating your Oscar viewing party.
As I re-read it, I realize I have explicitly encouraged gambling, drinking, brought politics into it, and helped you lose all your friends and become an arrogant jerk. But most of this stuff is going to happen anyway, so might as well accept it and have a good time regardless!
However you are planning to experience it, we hope you have a great Oscar Sunday. And be sure to keep checking Metaflix as we dive into Hollywood’s biggest night.