Where to Watch the Oscars in Boston

Enjoy one of 28 Degree’s chilled cocktails while you watch the Oscars at the South End restaurant and bar. (Photo by Ricardo Echeverri.)

The Oscars are right around the corner, and even if you didn’t get invited to a glitzy Hollywood party with George Clooney, you can still get into the spirit of the awards show in style with this round-up of parties and film showings. — Allison Thomasseau

Watch the Nominees
If you haven’t seen the best picture nominees yet, AMC is offering a chance to see five at once, just in time for the awards show. The all-day movie marathon will feature Hugo, The Help, Midnight in Paris, The Artist, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. As a bonus, AMC is giving away movie posters of the nominated films. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont St., 617-423-5801, amctheatres.com, $50.

Sometimes an overlooked category, this year’s nominated short films are playing at a few different theaters. You can catch all five animated and all five live action short films at Kendall Square Cinema, Coolidge Theatre, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Coolidge Theatre is also showing four additional highly acclaimed animated films. Find out more information about each nominated film here. Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Cambridge, (617) 499-1995, landmarktheatres.com; Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617–734–2501, coolidge.org; Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

Watch the Show
Watch the Oscars with fellow film buffs at the Brattle Film Foundation’s annual viewing party. Arrive early for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to place your bid in the silent auction. The viewing party is for Brattle members only, but if you have a friend who is a member, tag along. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6838, brattlefilm.org.

Across the river, you can also watch the Oscars in style at 28 Degrees with a cocktail in hand. The restaurant and bar is hosting a viewing party that promises to be classy and entertaining. 28 Degrees, 1 Appleton St., 617-728-0728, 28degrees-boston.com.

Join the Conversation
Spice up your Oscar party by competing with your friends to guess the Oscar winners before the show. Vote online or print out a ballot for this year’s Oscar nominees. During the show, all votes will be automatically updated, comparing the accuracy of each party attendee.

There’s an app for that! Download the free Oscars iPhone app for backstage and red carpet coverage during the show. For more information click here.

The Oscars will be Sunday, Feb. 26, televised on ABC. Red carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m., and the awards show starts at 8:30 p.m. Billy Crystal will host.