GIFF’s Countdown To The Oscars

“The Oscars is my Superbowl.” – Shari Angel, GIFF Programmer 


The Academy Awards is one of the biggest nights in Hollywood, and it’s taking place this Sunday, February 9th at 8pm at the famed Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Actors, Directors, Producers, Editors, Composers, Costume Designers, and thousands of industry insiders come together to recognize the best of the best in film talent for the year. Here is a look at how the GIFF team prepares for cinema’s most exciting night.

First, we watch as many Oscar nominated films as possible and make our predictions for each category!

Here is a peek at GIFF Founder and Director of Programming, Colleen deVeer’s 2020 Oscars ballot.


Next, we make plans to attend a VIP Oscar Party! 

Each year we look forward to The Oscars viewing party hosted by The Avon Theatre. You can walk the red carpet, and enjoy movie-themed light bites and drinks. Click here to learn more and get your tickets! The stunning Avon Theatre is a historic landmark in Stamford with a true Cinefile crowd, and seeing the show on a big screen is such a treat!

The day of the show, we make sure to get Oscar ready! 

Celebrities put on their brightest jewels, perfect their hairstyle, and showcase the latest fashion trends for the Oscar Red Carpet. Maison d’Alexandre has an amazing team ready to make you feel like a celebrity in your own right, so we like to indulge in a blowout and makeup session. Their team has worked with some of Hollywood’s top talent for red carpet appearances, fashion shows, and more! We also make sure to take a trip to Betteridge to pick out some Oscar worthy-jewels. When it comes to Oscar fashion, sometimes the jewels are the most memorable part of the outfit. (Think Angelina Jolie’s 2009 emerald teardrop earrings, or Lady Gaga’s 128-carat yellow Tiffany Diamond necklace from last year!) Betteridge has exactly what you need to elevate any ensemble.

After that, it is time to simply enjoy the show! 

We’re looking forward to the always-entertaining Red Carpet pre-show, the amazing lineup of celebrity presenters, and of course, the speeches from the winners! Tune in to the 92nd Academy Awards this Sunday, February 9th at 8:00pm and be sure to comment with your favorite moments.

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