Tired of watching Hollywood’s most glamorous walk the red carpet while you’re clad in sweatpants on the living-room couch? Luckily, Boston has no shortage of glitzy galas and viewing parties this Oscar Sunday, hosted by all manner of local organizations, arthouse theaters, and nonprofits. Some festivities that should be on your radar:
The Ellie Fund’s 20th Anniversary Red Carpet Gala
This exclusive, black-tie event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Boston. Attendees will walk a red carpet set up outside the hotel then watch the live telecast while enjoying food and drink supplied by some of Boston’s best restaurants and bars. Radio personality Sue Brady Hartigan will be the guest of honor at the gala, hosted by on-air personalities from WCVB-TV (Channel 5). Attractions include live and silent auctions, as well as live music by Louie Bello and the Northern Lights Band. Tickets are $300. Sold-out, waitlist only.
The Brattle Theatre’s 16th Annual Oscar Party
40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
You can celebrate the Oscars in style – and support the Brattle Film Foundation while you’re at it. A pre-party and silent auction fund-raiser starts at 5:30 p.m.; nonmembers can attend for a minimum donation of $50. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Brattle members can then enjoy a cash bar and silent auction while watching the telecast on the big screen from 8 p.m. until the last award is handed out.
Trident Booksellers and Cafe Oscars Viewing Party
This niche Newbury Street bookstore will live-stream the awards in a free, first-come-first-serve event, which starts at 7 p.m. It will likely include Trident’s trademark trivia games, the perfect challenge for all movie buffs.
Hampshire House’s Oscar Night Cocktail Party
The Hampshire House offers an evening of red carpet mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and extravagant drinks. The event, which benefits the Beacon Hill Civic Association, will feature photo opps and lots of prizes up for grabs. $55 per person.