Byrd's Eye View - Oscar Night America
Nicole Kidman may not have taken home a golden statuette on Sunday night but she did score the biggest response from the supportive, sold out crowd at The Belcourt Theater when her name was called as a Best Actress nominee at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The show, which was broadcast over both of the theaters’ large movie screens was the only officially sanctioned Oscar party in Nashville and one of only 30 events like it across the country, offering a unique opportunity for guests to feel like they are a part of the occasion.
It’s also one of The Belcourt Theatre’s biggest annual fundraisers and it’s certainly shaping up to be the most fun.
“It’s always nice to come to the Oscar party but this year it’s over the top,” said Hunter Davis, event co-chair.
Indeed, this year, attendees really turned up the glamour, waltzing down the red carpet in floor length gowns and glittering jewels as the local paparazzi caught their photo.
Inside, sumptuous hors de oeuvres from Whole Foods and complimentary cocktails from Village Wines and Lipman Brothers set the festive mood for the viewing of film’s biggest night and guests got to test out the cushy, new seating in each theater, an update that was made possible from past Oscar Night America fundraisers.
A sprawling silent auction filled with surprising items like weeklong stays in Provence and Paris, the opportunity to play video games on the Belcourt’s huge screens and even a pygmy baby goat named Oscar rounded out the festivities.
And behind the curtain, just backstage a special VIP viewing area was made available for patrons and glitterazzi, a new update for the 2011 event.
“I think it’s a great evening for the Belcourt,” said alluring attendee Minnette Boesel, “We’re here to sponsor this historic venue in our city and the really great tradition of keeping theater alive.”