Although the live broadcast of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Hollywood won’t begin in Hungary until the earliest hours of Monday, many Magyars will stay up late to watch it this year while eagerly waiting to see if “Son of Saul” – the debut feature by Hungarian director László Jeles Nemes, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film – will win the coveted gold statuette. To celebrate this very special occasion, several popular Budapest hangouts will stay open through the night to host Oscars-viewing parties enhanced with movie-themed drinks, quizzes, popcorn, and more.
While there will be no screening of the Academy Awards ceremony at the Toldi art-house theater and club, this will be the site for a daylong Oscars tribute instead: before the gala, they will show award-nominated films, including the stop-motion animation Anomalisa. As a bonus, there will also be a quiz held in the lobby!
Budapest Secret Cinema and Filmtekercs Fényportál is holding its annual Oscar-viewing party for the third time. Similarly to last year, the event will take place at Anker’t, with music provided by DJ Panda, and the evening will be enlivened with exciting quizzes hosted by QuizNight.hu. As a warm-up presentation for the Academy Awards show, they will screen an award-nominated film, Ex Machina.
The crew of Trapéz prepares for the red-carpet glamor with many attractions, as well: there will be drinks based on popular movies, a draw, a quiz, an Oscar-winner prediction game, popcorn, a big screen, and everything else necessary for a great atmosphere on the night of the Academy Awards!
This year’s Academy Awards will be exciting for several reasons – especially at the Lost in Budapest Bar. In the early evening before the gala, they will also hold a quiz, but if you’d rather score a prize with your powers of cinematic prognostication, you can also play an Oscar-winners predictions game.
At District VII’s Szociális Helyiség, the management isn’t making a big fuss over the Academy Awards: they are just staying open late to let guests watch the Oscars without any special programs – but this doesn’t mean that it’s not worth dropping by!