Three of the largest media and entertainment events of the year are taking place on the same day…today. NASCAR, where all eyes will be on Danica Patrick, the impact of her winning will change, I dare say increase the size and demographic quality of the NASCAR audience. Her winning would be huge…What do you think?
NBA All-Star Weekend got off to a slow start in mmy opinion. The Slam Dunk contest did not meet the audience’s expectations, nor mine. Blake Griffin spoiled us last year. I hear NBA fans everywhere calling for the return of the “Big Dogs” to the dunk contest, Labron, DWade, Carmelo, Kobe, Vince and of course Blake, well we still have the All-Star game. The real basketball season begins after the All-Star break. Do you think the LinSanity show will grow or go the way of his Miami performance…ugh that was ugly? GrapevineStar is pulling for Jeremy Lin to be a Super Star basketball player. What about you?
The Oecars, its time for the Academy Awards, where they hand out Mr. Oscar to some of the most talented actors on the planet. Man, my TV is going to be tired, NASCAR, NBA All-Star and the Oscars what a TV day and night. OK, GrapevineStar’s Academy Award Predictions, “The Artist” and “The Help” will win the most Oscars. George Clooney will be handsome and elegantly funny (women like that), Charlize Theron will be gorgeous, Brad will continue his growth into todays Paul Newman. A great time will be had by all, presenters, viewers and celebrities will have a great time and best of all it will benefit charities nationwide. Thank you to the Academy and Congratulations on another great Oscar Night. More infor mation on Oscar Night benefiting charities across America is listed below including a list of those charities.
Oscar Night® America 2012 to Benefit Charities Nationwide
Beverly Hills, CA – On Sunday, February 26, charities in 49 cities will host official Oscar® viewing parties during the 84th Academy Awards® ceremony as part of Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ grassroots outreach program.
The Academy sanctions charities across the country to host celebratory viewing parties on Oscar Night with proceeds directly benefiting the charities. All parties will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation; many will integrate Hollywood-style party elements, including red carpet arrivals, local celebrities, “paparazzi” photographers, predict-the-winner contests and live entertainment.
The 2012 Oscar Night America charities and cities are (alphabetical by city):
KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
The Center for Family Resources, Atlanta, GA
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS), Baltimore, MD
The Ellie Fund, Boston, MA
Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
People Working Cooperatively, Cincinnati, OH
Ashtabula County Medical Center Foundation, Cleveland, OH
USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
Southgate Community Players, Detroit, MI
Waterfront Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI
Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC
Junior League of Greenville, Greenville, SC
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition, Hartford, CT
Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI
American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, Houston, TX
United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc., Little Rock, AR
MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity, Los Angeles, CA
WHAS Crusade for Children, Louisville, KY
Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Miami Beach Film Society, Miami, FL
COA Youth & Family Centers, Milwaukee, WI
Aegis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans, LA
Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK
Alzheimer’s Association, Midlands Chapter, Omaha, NE
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Florida, Orlando, FL
Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach, FL
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
Arthritis Foundation, Greater Southwest Chapter, Phoenix, AZ
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI
Theatre In The Park, Raleigh, NC
Central Virginia Film Institute, Richmond, VA
Capital City AIDS Fund, Sacramento, CA
Cinema St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Utah AIDS Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT
Special Olympics Texas, San Antonio, TX
Community Campership Council, Inc., San Diego, CA
California Film Institute, San Francisco, CA
Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest, Seattle, WA
Isabel’s House, Springfield, MO
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Tucson, AZ
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 among other items.
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 83rd Academy Awards with 17,332 guests in attendance nationwide. More than $3.5 million was raised, all of it remaining in local communities. Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $33.5 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.
For the 19th consecutive year, Concept Marketing Development of Santa Barbara, California, will assist the Academy in coordinating the program.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.