On Oscar Sunday, March 4, 2018, Sharing the Details team attends Washington DC Film Institute’s Red Carpet Party held at the MASON & ROOK HOTEL. Contributing writer Joey Love shares his account of the evening.
Oh, what a night!
Since late May 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually presents the greatest achievers in film a Golden Oscar Award. This year, we celebrate the 90th ceremony with ABC TV host, Jimmy Kimmel, and recognizable star-studded guests, along with a theater full of unsuspecting moviegoers.
The 2018 telecast was watched by our team at the Washington Film Institute (WFI) hosted viewing party held at the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel in Washington, D.C. Entry fee was a reasonable $25 in advance online, and $40 at the door. All proceeds go to support future WFI programs.
The banquet room was elegant as were the attendees. Everyone dressed to the nines! The fashion forward in gowns and suits awaiting to win the Best Dressed Contest–I’m glad I didn’t have to be the one to judge, it would have been too hard to choose! Roughly 50-60 chairs were set up in front of the screen projection for the more devoted film fans, while the rear portion of the room remained as an open space for socializing and networking. Off to the side, light hors d’oeuvres consisted of cheese cubes, cured meat slices, and deviled eggs. Oscar-themed cocktails and a selection of bottled beer and wine were offered at the cash bar.
At the entrance, guests were invited to pose with Oscar statues and statuettes behind a WFI backdrop for their very own “Red Carpet” moment. WFI President John Hanshaw greeted guests cordially, members and newbies alike.
After socializing with some of the attendees, it was clear that we all came to have a good time. Some of us were there to see personal 2017 favorites of the nominated films to win, while others were there to dress up like a Star! One guest I encountered, Juanita, was hoping to see racially-themed horror film Get Out pull a victory, stating, “Momentum is shifting towards this film,” before adding, “It’s the dark horse.” Software developer Deborah, who has seen every nominee, was very unsure of the potential winners, mentioning, “I can’t predict who will win!” David was honest in his lack of knowledge about the nominees, but was forward in his prediction that The Shape of Water would take the Best Picture crown because “it’s the most trendy.” He happened to be right.
As the ceremony continued, guests took a break from the screen to mingle amongst each other. Meanwhile, the more enthusiastic viewers stayed seated until the final envelope was opened. However, the heaviest applause in the room surprisingly did not go to the Best Picture announcement. Instead, it went to Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out. Juanita’s wish came true! Then followed by Gary Oldman’s Best Actor win for Darkest Hour, which was the veteran actor’s first ever Oscar win.
Jimmy Kimmel, hosting for a second year, filled the guests with laughter. He held his own with topical wisecracks of current events (e.g. Envelopegate, sexual harassment scandals, diversity and inclusion, and President Trump) and off-the-cuff jabs (e.g. Matt Damon). He even went so far as to offer a brand new jet ski to the award recipient who delivers the shortest acceptance speech. Perhaps the highlight of Kimmel’s practical jokes was walking next door to a movie theater with the beautiful Wonder Woman actress, Gal Gadot. His latest prank victims being unsuspecting filmgoers attending an advance screening for the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time. The shock reactions of the patrons by the intrusion had the room rolling!
When the ceremony came to a close, President Hanshaw graciously offered his appreciation for those who attended and stayed until the final award. Overall, it was really an Oscar award winning party.
A major thanks to the Washington Film Institute and John Hanshaw for inviting ‘Sharing the Details’ to this event. For recap of the Academy Awards, visit the Oscars official site.