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And the Oscar goes to …

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Hollywood, CA, February 9, 2007 - Fifty Oscars, four statuettes that belonged to a Hollywood legend, two Testimonial Awards and one statuette for the public to hold are on display at “Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles,” located on the third level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®. The exhibition is free to the public and will remain open through Saturday, February 24. The Oscars® will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour red carpet arrivals segment, "The Road to the Oscars."
Courtesy of AMPAS | IGLA

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Imagine stepping onto the red carpet, cameras flashing and partygoers gushing over that gorgeous floor-length dress or hot designer tux.But, instead of Hollywood, the glitz and glamour takes place in downtown Glenwood Springs.In honor of the 79th Annual Academy Awards, Fin’s Raw Bar & Grille, 710 Grand Ave., is hosting an Oscar Night Party. Red carpet arrivals and photos begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the telecast at 6 p.m.”It’s something different and fun,” Fin’s owner Don Andre said. “There’s a certain kind of crowd that gets into that.”The idea for the Oscar party – a first for Fin’s – came about when Andre and his downstairs neighbor, John Belio of Chocolate Moose Ice Cream Parlor, were talking about Hollywood’s big night. Belio is selling mini Belgian chocolate figurines in the shape of the Oscar statuette.”We figured we’d give it a try this year,” Andre said. “We’ll have the red carpet out on the sidewalk, and our hostess will be all dolled up. We’ll have someone taking photos of people as they come in, with Fin’s personalized frames for the photos, and the Oscars will be on all the TVs.”

Party guests can sample Fin’s hors d’oeuvres before enjoying the Filet Oscar dinner special and themed martini. Ballots will be available to vote for favorite Academy Awards nominees, with prizes for best picks awarded.”Donny always does interesting things,” said Brad Brewer, of Rifle, who plans to attend Sunday’s bash. “I’ll be down there. The Oscars don’t really appeal to me, but it’s kind of boring sitting at home watching them, so I might as well go out.” The event – black tie-optional but certainly not necessary – also offers photo opportunities with John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, who are immortalized as cardboard cutouts.”I’ll probably just wear blue jeans and a button-down shirt,” said Brewer, a Mississippi native who befriended Andre after moving here to work in the oil and gas industry. “If you watch that E! Entertainment Television, all of the stars wear ripped up jeans and shirts untucked anyway.”Oscar night might be another story. Whether it’s a tuxedo, designer gown, jeans or a T-shirt, Andre invites people of the valley to come as you are Sunday night to his restaurant.

It’ll be a night to see or be seen, in Hollywood and in GlenwoodContact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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