I must say, this year's Oscar nominees are somewhat of a snore. Despite the greatness of some nominated flicks, such as No Country for Old Men, the tone overall is just short of depressing. And Juno is not exactly the strong, snuggly counterbalance that Little Miss Sunshine was last year. I can barely remember the acting nominees, and there seems to be no clear-cut winner. Daniel Day-Lewis has won everything so far, of course, but I think the Academy wants to give one to Johnny Depp. Julie Christie might take home her second trophy——if that vamp French ingÃ©nue Marion Cotillard doesn't sneak in for the kill, that is. The only sure winner to bet on might be the USA Film Festival's Oscar party. The fete is officially sanctioned by the Academy, and it's your closest local chance to feeling that Hollywood glitz. With official programs and commemorative posters, you're practically A-list. Door prizes, a live auction and complimentary buffet will make for an indulgent night without the guilt, since proceeds from the event go to local charities. Dallas Oscar Night will be held at the Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 to $75. For more information and tickets, contact the USA Film Festival at 214-821-6300.
Sun., Feb. 24, 6 p.m., 2008