Of course, if we could get a babysitter, we know where we’d be headed, though: the giant Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) Academy Awards Party at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper, where the stars are used to coming out already. There, starting at 7 p.m. this Sunday evening, arriving guests will be treated to the same red-carpet treatment that the other stars get at the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Local fashionistas Hester Mundis, Joan Rivers’ head writer for years, and Martha Frankel, celebrity interviewer and author, will comment on what everyone’s wearing, and possibly why, as they come into the grand rooms of the Emerson.
Inside, all dressed to the nines, guests will be treated with food and beverages, the chance to win some fabulous door prizes and the opportunity to root for a whole host of hometown Oscar faves: Ulster County resident Melissa Leo, nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter; WFF alumnus Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, up for Best Picture and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay); Best Doc nominee Gasland; Luke Matheny’s 2010 WFF Best Short winner, God of Love, in the Best Short Live Action category; local resident and anti-fracking activist Mark Ruffalo, up for Best Supporting Actor in The Kids Are All Right; and Hudson Valley resident Joel Coen, up yet again for a whole mess of Oscars (with brother Ethan) for True Grit.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating this year’s Academy Awards with friends and neighbors,” said Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “With a first-class host like the Emerson to waltz us through this glamorous evening, and so many locals and WFF alumni to root for, this event is sure to be one to remember.”
The Emerson is located on Route 28 between Boiceville and Phoenicia, but reservations are recommended for this high-end event. After all, it’s best for the paparazzi to know which stars are arriving, and with whom! For further information, including tickets, call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/anightattheawards.php. And don’t forget those cummerbunds, fellas.
Brevity is the soul of wit: Rosendale Theatre screens Oscar-nominated shorts this Sunday
One of the better snippets running each Oscar broadcast, without any of the smarm of the live presentations or big dance numbers, comes when the nominations for Best Short Animated Film are accompanied by brief glimpses at a whole host of great cartoon work that we rarely get to see elsewhere. Remember that time back in the 1980s when a Yugoslavian filmmaker went a little nuts with his statuette in hand, eventually getting arrested for urinating on the side of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion? That was a shorts creator in full celebration mode!
This Sunday, February 27, to quench any local thirsts for this great category at the Academy Awards, the Rosendale Theatre will be running not only a program of this year’s nominees for Animated Shorts (with a few extras thrown in to bring the five-film program’s running length up to 85 minutes), but they’ll also be running a nearly two-hour program of five Live-Action Shorts, ending in plenty of time for folks to catch the Oscar’s pre-show shows for the evening.
What to expect? We’ve seen only the US Short Live Action nominee, God of Love, at last year’s Woodstock Film Festival – and it was truly fun, great and youthfully irreverent. The animation program starts at 1 p.m., the live-action pieces at 4 p.m.
The Rosendale Theatre is located on Main Street in the middle of Rosendale (natch, that!). For further information, visit its website at www.rosendaletheatre.org.