It’s Oscar Day
The Academy Awards or The Oscars (the official title was rebranded as The Oscars in 2013 – changed from The Academy Awards) is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, that is better known by its nickname Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
The awards ceremony was first televised in 1953 and is now seen live in more than 200 countries. The Oscars is also the oldest entertainment awards ceremony; its equivalents, the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theatre, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording, are modeled after the Academy Awards. The Academy Awards are widely considered to be the most prestigious cinema awards ceremony in the world.
The red carpet is receiving its finishing touches under overcast skies.
Security is tighter than I’ve ever known it. The streets around Hollywood Boulevard are locked down and all the Oscar venues have airport-style scanners in place. So that’s why I decided to throw my own Oscar party with family & friends 🙂
We were ready to bet on the best of this season’s biggest blockbusters? We really got into the game, I downloaded these cute little printable Oscar ballots straight from glitterguide.com check them out right here. Which actors and movies do you have your money on?
Big Hero Punch
Created by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the US Bartenders’ Guild New York chapter and creative director of Seamstress
, a cool new bar on New York’s Upper East Side, this playful punch brings together everything we love: fresh fruit juices, bubbly, and—oh, yes—a bottle of aged rum. Plus, since you make it in one big batch, hours before that first celebrity stiletto hits the stage, this drink is perfect for keeping a big crowd buzzing (at least through the opening act).
- 1 liter bottle Caliche Rum
- 1 bottle of sparkling wine
- 16 oz of Ruby port
- 12 oz curaçao liquor
- 12 oz fresh squeezed and strained orange juice
- 12 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
- 8 oz fresh squeezed strained lemon juice
- 8 oz light agave nectar
- 1 large block of ice
For garnish: 1 cup of hulled and sliced strawberries, 2 large lemons pitted and sliced and a handful of mint leafs.
In a large punch bowl combine the Caliche, port, curaçao, fruit juices and agave nectar, stir until well incorporated, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve add the ice and garnishes to the bowl, gently stir in the champagne. Serve in small punch cups.
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