NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – For over a century people have been enjoying movies, and over the last 80 years the Oscars has created a buzz surrounding actors, filmmakers, and movie goers.
“Every February when the Oscars happen it’s sort of a culmination where we get to revisit all the best movies that have been played throughout the year,” says Henry Griffin.
Griffin is an actor, filmmaker, UNO Film Department Professor, and the Vice President of the New Orleans Film Society. This Sunday he’ll be watching the Oscars while hosting an Oscar party at the Prytania.
“We really do try to make it feel exciting. You can certainly come casual if you want, but we encourage people to dress up. It’s nice to see how people come for the big night,” says Griffin.
The big night that proves just how far Louisiana has come. Now, Louisiana is the third largest film production hub in America behind California and New York.
“If you look at the movies that are nominated for awards on Sunday night, two of the nine best picture candidates were shot in Louisiana, Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
For Best Picture Griffin is rooting for Beasts of the Southern Wild. “I think that they are the ultimate underdog.”
Griffin’s pick for best actress goes to: Quvenzhané Wallis. “I think it would be pretty amazing if Quvenzhané won for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild. I think the odds are favoring Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Lining Playbook, but I think it’ll be a surprise whoever it is.”
When it comes to the men, Griffin is undecided. “It’s an interesting horserace. I think a lot of people are picking Daniel Day Lewis. I thought Joaquin Phoenix in the master was unbelievable.”
At the Oscar party at the Prytania you’ll be able to watch the Oscars on the big screen and be entertained during commercial breaks. Doors open Sunday at 6pm. Tickets are $20 for Film Society Members, $25 for non-members and that includes prizes, lots of food, drinks and my favorite, popcorn.
Tickets can be reserved at the Prytania box office or online. For more information click here.