The 90th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC Sunday at 7 p.m. central time, pitting amphibian-human love stories against historical dramas against dark comedies against coming-of-age tales against Daniel Day-Lewis as a fashion designer.
You may already have a date with your cat, couch and host Jimmy Kimmel for Sunday’s ceremony. But if you have a sick outfit burning a hole in your closet, or just want to hang with other movie geeks, step out to one of Iowa City or Cedar Rapids’ Oscar parties. Events will test your film knowledge, fill you with popcorn and insure you’ll have someone to talk to during the myriad commercial breaks.
The Main Event
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library — 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids
Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $300 for a table of eight
The Main Event, Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District’s annual fundraiser, is also the perfect way to pregame for Oscar Sunday. The movie-themed gala takes place on Friday, which allows you to celebrate Oscars weekend properly without having to get turnt on a Sunday night, or be distracted during the Academy Awards broadcast.
Ticketholders may choose between two Oscars-themed cocktails or try a specialty beer from Lion Bridge Brewing Company. Food includes Great American Popcorn and hors d’oeuvres.
Apart from indulging in the refreshments, guests are encouraged to “get glammed up” for the event, as there will be ample photo ops throughout the evening — and yes, even a red carpet. Outgoing visitors may participate in a Runway Fashion Showcase during the event.
Andrew Juhl of Andrew’s Bar Exam will host movie trivia, and visitors may fill out a Movie Madness Ballot to predict the Academy Award winners. The ballot that most closely matches Sunday’s Oscar results will earn two Allegiant Airlines tickets to Los Angeles.
Tickets for the Main Event may be purchased online. Organizers say proceeds support “the ongoing revitalization” of the Czech Village/New Bo area.
Big Grove’s Oscar Night
Big Grove Brewery & Taproom – 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m.
Get gussied up (or not) and head down to Big Grove Sunday for the Oscars telecast, pre-Oscars trivia or both.
Big Grove promises fun and none-too-difficult movie trivia from 5-7 p.m., focusing on films released between 2000 and 2017, from the Oscar-nominated to the just plain good. Top teams can win prizes, as can the “best dressed” attendees, so wear all your multimillion-dollar jewelry.
Before the ceremony begins, predict the winners in the Oscars Pick’em Pool for another shot at prizes. Then, chill and enjoy the two-and-a-half-plus-hour Academy Awards show on one of the brewery’s projection screens.
Blue Carpet Bash: An Awards Night Celebration
FilmScene — 118 E College St, Iowa City
Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m.
It may not be the red carpet, but it’s the next best thing. Guests arriving at FilmScene and the Englert Theatre’s Oscar party (nicknamed the Foscars) are given the celebrity experience as they walk FilmScene’s blue carpet, blinded by photographers’ flashbulbs.
From there, it’s all movie nerdiness, all evening. Ticketholders are entitled to bottomless popcorn, movie-inspired drinks and prizes — granted they are able to predict the Academy Award winners or win the “best dressed” contest.
The Englert has traditionally hosted an Oscar night bash, with FilmScene as a partner. This weekend marks the first year FilmScene has hosted the screening – and rolled out the blue carpet. Seating is limited, but the Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on three screens.
Until Sunday, you can catch Oscar-nominated short films — animated, live action and documentary — and feature films Phantom Thread and The Shape of Water at FilmScene.
CAB Oscars Viewing Party
Iowa Memorial Union
Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Approximately zero percent of college students have a cable subscription, and approximately 100 percent of college students are enticed by all things “free.”
The University of Iowa Campus Activities Board will continue its tradition of hosting a modest, student-centered Oscars viewing party Sunday. The UI community can enjoy a free screening of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in the Hawkeye Room of the IMU. Light snacks and wholesome activities will likely accompany the event.
Oscars Viewing Party & Drag U
Studio 13 — 13 S Linn St, Iowa City
Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free, with cover
Surround yourself with sequins and rhinestones befitting Hollywood’s most glamorous night. Studio 13 is combining its weekly Drag U drag show — in which seasoned drag queens or kings mentor and perform with rising drag stars — with an Academy Awards viewing party, all serving as a fundraiser for Iowa City Pride.
The Oscars will be shown on the bar’s 100-inch screen, accompanied by free snacks and drink specials, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The bonus Drag U performance begins after the ceremony. Patrons 18 and older are welcome until 10 p.m., and 19 and older after 10.
Dick’s Tap & Shake Room — 1602 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
Whether you wear a gown, black tie or pajama pants, Dick’s Tap & Shake Room welcomes you to join them for an Oscars viewing party. Like other locations, Dick’s will be hosting a ballot pool for patrons to pick the award winners. They’ll also provide sparkling wine and snacks.