81st Annual Academy Awards

Tvpartyw222 Sure, you can ignore the People's Choice Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and even the SAG Awards. But you are a heartless communist if you choose to look the other way on Hollywood's biggest night! The 81st annual Academy Awards and all of the hoopla that surrounds them -- the red-carpet interviews, the glamour, the wagering -- air Sunday, Feb. 22, on ABC. Even if the last movie you saw was Gigli, you owe it to yourself to call everyone you know and invite them over for a night they'll never forget -- the 2009 Oscars!


Setting the scene:

Go glamour and go big. That means you'll need a red carpet leading from the driveway to your front door, and have your kids (or someone's kids) pose as paparazzi taking pictures of everyone as they arrive. Have someone work a video camera and have yet another person pose as Joan Rivers doing red-carpet interviews that can be shown during the party or burned onto discs that can be sent to guests later. You'll also need to print ballots to send out with invitations. Those invitations should be in the form of an event ticket that looks official. Have posters from this year's best picture nominees -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire -- on the walls. Use film cans and fake Oscar statues as centerpieces on tables draped in elegant black cloth. Add 7-foot shimmer columns in all four corners of the room for more dazzle. And most importantly, you'll need a big-screen TV.



This is a black-tie affair, so guests need to dress to the hilt -- tuxedos, ball gowns, cocktail dresses, etc.


On the menu:

This is one of the tougher years to find food that relates to nominated films. At the very least we know you'll be serving Milk with HotDog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Sauteed Button Mushrooms and Revolutionary Rocky Road ice cream for dessert. Yep, it'll be a rough night.


On the hi-fi:

Download a group of former Oscar-winning songs such as It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp by Three 6 Mafia, If I Didn't Have You by Randy Newman, My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, Let the River Run by Carly Simon, Theme From 'Shaft'  by Isaac Hayes, and the first best song winner, The Continental by Ginger Rogers.


The showstopper:

When money is no object, go to Shindigz.com and head to its Hollywood section. For approximately $1,000 you'll get a Hollywood Premiere archway that stands 12 feet tall, an enormous custom-lighted clap board, columns with fake cameras atop them, backdrops and more.