And the Winner Is…

For the first time since 1944, the Oscars have more than five Best Picture nominations. But this year's ten-film ballot has caused a stir, and Keith Garcia — programming manager for the Denver Film Society, the group behind the annual Party With Oscar bash — knows which side of the debate he's on. "It's kind of like field day," he says. "Everyone gets a ribbon. This move is definitely meant to get more crowd-pleasers on there."

Regardless of the controversy, there's no doubt that Party With Oscar is the best way to watch the awards ceremony. And this year the soiree is bigger than ever: In addition to refreshments, a silent auction, a predict-the-winners contest and appearances by local celebs, the live feed of the ceremony itself should bring its own drama and spectacle. Even Garcia wouldn't miss it. "It's going to be a banner year for watching the awards," he says. "Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are awesome choices as hosts. It should be beyond entertaining."

DFS unrolls the red carpet tonight at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany Street. Seats are $100, with discounts for groups and DFS and MCA members; the price includes appetizers and a dessert buffet. For tickets and info, call 303-595-3456 or visit
Sun., March 7, 5-11 p.m., 2010

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