WOODRIDGE – And the winner is...
That phrase will be repeated several times the evening of March 4 when Hollywood comes together for the 90th annual Academy Awards. And for cinema enthusiasts, the winner in each category will be the subject of intense speculation and debate.
For movie buffs, the Oscars represent the biggest night of the year. Everything from what the stars wear as they walk the red carpet to which movie will win best picture will be a topic of passionate discussion.
Of course, most folks can’t make it out to Hollywood to take part in the star-studded event, but Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge is providing a similar experience.
The theater at 1001 W. 75th St. will host an Academy Awards viewing party from 6 to 11 p.m. It's the ideal setting for movie fans not satisfied with sitting on the couch to watch the show.
Hollywood Blvd. is pulling out all the stops for the event.
Guests will enjoy a night of glitz and glamour and even have a chance to walk the red carpet and pose for professional photos.
The 13th annual event benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. DJ Kimmie Caruba from US99 will be the emcee.
The event also will feature a silent auction with a variety of Hollywood-related items such as autographed movie posters.
There will be an Oscar ballot contest, a champagne toast and appetizers, including bruschetta, meatballs, mini quesadillas and veggies. Guests will receive a swag bag full of movie and Hollywood Blvd. goodies.
Oscar ballots will be available for purchase from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital representatives at the event for $15. The winner will receive a prize.
Of course, the highlight of the evening is watching the telecast of the Oscars in the theater.
“Some people are super into it,” said Dana Bergan, marketing director for Hollywood Blvd.
Cocktail attire is recommended, and for some, wardrobe is half the fun, Bergan said.
"We have people who dress up in glamorous gowns," she said.
But not everyone takes on the role of a Hollywood star.
"We have everybody, including families," Bergan said. "They enjoy the night whatever way they want."
About 180 people attended last year's viewing party, and the theater expects similar attendance this year, she said.
Tickets are $40, and they can be purchased at the box office or hollywoodblvdcinema.com.
Since the event benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, representatives from the hospital will be on hand to answer questions and accept in-person donations, Bergan said. Donations also can be made by visiting stjude.org.
The hospital’s mission is to advance cures and means of prevention for severe pediatric diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on a family's ability to pay.
"It's a nice night out for charity," Bergan said.
If you go
WHAT: Academy Awards viewing party
WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. March 4
WHERE: Hollywood Blvd., 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge