The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked 50 cities, including Milwaukee, to host Oscar viewing parties featuring the live broadcast of ABC's airing of the awards ceremony.
The parties are designed to help local charities.
There aren't any details yet on the local party, but here's the complete announcement today from the academy:
Beverly Hills, CA (December 7, 2010) â€“ Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots program that enables local charities to host glamorous OscarÂ® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations, kicks off its 18th year in 2011.
On Sunday, February 27, 50 cities will host official Oscar viewing parties during the 83rd Academy AwardsÂ® ceremony. All events will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation on the ABC Television Network.
"Oscar Night has long been an occasion for friends and families to gather and cheer for their favorite films and stars," said Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis. "This nationwide network of fundraising parties is a natural extension of that shared experience."
The ONA 2011 locations are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlottesville, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids (MI), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Greenville (S.C.), Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Springfield (MO), Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.
Most parties are black-tie affairs, though some are less formal. Some partygoers dress up as famous couples and some events feature limousine arrivals and red carpets complete with local celebrities, paparazzi and press interviews for arriving guests.
To set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program.
Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.
Last year 51 charities hosted viewing parties for the 82nd Academy Awards, raising more than $3 million, all of it remaining in local communities. With a record 17,497 guests attending nationwide, ONA 2010 benefitted such charities as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, the United Way, Starlight Children's Foundation and the Ellie Fund (breast cancer support services).
Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $30 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations â€“ every cent staying within the community where it was raised.
For the 18th consecutive year, Concept Marketing Development of Santa Barbara, California, will assist the Academy in coordinating the program.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Tim Cuprisin
Published Nov. 16, 2011
"Community" isn't on NBC's mid-season schedule. No, that's not a good sign for the innovative sitcom created by Milwaukee's Dan Harmon.
Published Nov. 15, 2011
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel picked up a lot of national attention for a clip of Herman Cain seeming a little flustered over Libya. ... Bad news for "Community." ... So long, Regis.
Published Nov. 14, 2011
Yes, it does sound like Christmas on the radio. ... Two departures from Channel 4. ... Lots of Emmys for Channel 6.
Published Nov. 8, 2011
If you're watching TV or listening to the radio at 1 p.m. Wednesday, get ready for a test.
Published Nov. 7, 2011
The World War II saga of Mildred Fish-Harnack is little known. But her efforts against Hitler from within Germany is told well in a new Wisconsin Public TV documentary. ... WTMJ-AM scores again in October. ... Time Warner Cable adds a few more HD channels.
Published Nov. 3, 2011
Adam Richman took his "Man Vs. Food Nation" to Titletown and covered the necessary bases.
Published Nov. 2, 2011
It's not clear that he'll learn them, but Herman Cain's handling of the Politico investigations into sexual harassment claims against him provide great tips into how not to handle such a mess. ... Another Wisconsin visit for the Travel Channel's Adam Richman.
Published Nov. 1, 2011
The first measurement of Channel 12's performance with ratings powerhouse Oprah Winfrey at 4 offers a little comforting news to the ABC affiliate. ... Don't worry about Fox dropping its programming from DirecTV. That was never going happen. ... If you're looking for Christmas on TV already, there's a comprehensive listing available.
Published Oct. 31, 2011
The use of viral videos can be a valuable campaign tool. Or they can be really dumb.
Published Oct. 28, 2011
Channel 4 started its iPad promotion on Thursday promotion to boost 10 p.m. news ratings, and here are some numbers before that entered the Nielsen equation. ...