The Sarasota Film Society is getting ready for the biggest Academy Awards party in the area, and film lovers are getting ready to be treated like movie stars for the evening.
Starting at 7 p,m. Sunday at Burns Court Cinemas, the film society will host its annual Oscars party. They'll have a red carpet and a VIP reception starting at 7 p.m., and show the Academy Awards ceremony live on the big screen starting at 8 p.m.
All you have to do to walk the red carpet and be treated like a VIP is to buy a ticket. A lot people get dressed in their finery to get the most out of the Oscars experience
Attendees fill out ballots with their picks for winners in various categories, and at the end of the evening the person with the most correct picks gets a prize from the film society. There's also a silent auction of a variety of items from local merchants, and trivia during the commercial breaks with host Gus Molasis.
In the past few years, the party has been held at both Burns Court Cinemas and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. But while the Burns Court party was always popular, the one in Lakewood Ranch struggled to draw a crowd. Only a dozen tickets were sold for Lakewood Ranch this year, so that evenT was canceled.
The Burns Court even is selling briskly, but there should still be tickets available at the door and online.
Details: 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-955-3456, filmsociety.org.