The Five Best Ways to Celebrate the Oscars in Miami

The most important day of award show season is almost here. Forget the SAGs or the Golden Globes, the Oscars are where it's at. As Neil Patrick Harris gears up for his hosting duties and the Dolby Theatre prepares for it's ultra famous guests to arrive, Miami is also prepping for Oscar Sunday.

From viewing parties to old favorites coming back in theaters, it's all done with style. Here are Miami's best Oscar celebrations,

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O Cinema

Director Richard Linklater's epic coming of age story, filmed over 12 years, Boyhood, is nominated for six Oscars this year. The Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture will be shown at O Cinema Wynwood starting February 20 until the 26. Also showing at O Wynwood is Song of the Sea, the Oscar-nominated film for Best Animated Feature.

Tower Theater

Beginning today, February 20, Tower Theater will begin a one-week run of Whiplash, nominated for Best Picture. Premiering again in the coming weeks is Foxcatcher, which is a top contender nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. The theater is also currently showing Timbuktu, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Blue Starlite Drive In

Although the Blue Starlite Drive In is known for showing retro films, they're making an exception for the Oscars. From now until February 26, Blue Starlite will be showing Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- two films that lead the pack with nine Oscar nods -- as well as The Lego Movie, which is up for Best Original Song for "Everything is Awesome."

On Sunday, if you happen to be in the Grove, the Drive In will host its "Oscar Nod Fest" with a viewing party of the award show at Taurus. There will be drink specials, games, video clips, and a contest for best dressed. Winner gets their very own Oscar and free movie tickets for the Blue Starlite.


The swanky theater/restaurant/bar is rolling out the red carpet on Sunday for a "Hollywood's Big Night" viewing party. Instead of watching the Academy Awards from your lumpy couch and pouring your own cheap wine, opt to sit on more comfy chairs with continuous in-theater service throughout the show. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at their Dolphin Mall location, guests can expect to be served hors d'oeuvres, open bar until 8:30 p.m., drawings by an on-site caricature artist, a cigar roller, and raffles with prizes. Tickets for this event cost $45.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

Every year for the last 21 years, Miami Beach Cinematheque has thrown a Hollywood-worthy Oscar party for its members. This year is no exception. The viewing festivities take place on Sunday, February 22, starting at 6 p.m. lasting until midnight. There will be drinks, food, and of course style as members dress to the nines. The annual event is always free for members, so visit to join the party.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.