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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/ 2/2006

Party Like a Movie Star

By Jen Chaney

The Academy Awards haven't even happened yet and already, you are sick of the "Brokeback Mountain" jokes.

But that's no reason to miss an Oscar party. This year, there are more film-related fetes in the Washington, D.C. area than ever. Is that because the nominees are more political than usual? Discuss amongst yourselves.

For starters, the Oscar Night America party -- officially sanctioned by the Academy and also, officially, the most expensive ticket in town -- takes place at the AFI Silver Theatre. Though it costs $75 in advance (and $85 at the door), you may feel better knowing that the money benefits First Star, a nonprofit that helps abused and neglected children. Undoubtedly, you'll also appreciate the complimentary food, cocktails and view of the ceremony in high-definition on the AFI's big 'ol screen.

For a mere $20, you can join the D.C. Film Society's annual event at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, where the Oscars also will be shown on a big screen and various film-related items will be available via silent auction.

Want to push girl power instead of mocking gawdy gowns on the red carpet? The Push the Envelope, Please gathering is your best option. Presented by the Fund for Women Artists, this free viewing party at Busboys and Poets focuses on female filmmakers and encourages attendees to cheer especially loudly for women winners.

Or if you want to spend the Oscars in Adams Morgan, head to Felix, which is hosting its annual soiree, complete with a red carpet and movie-themed cocktails. Arrive early and pay $15 for a buffet and unlimited champagne, or come after 7:30, get in for free and pay for your drinks as you go. Just don't forget to take a sip for every lame gay cowboy joke.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2006; 11:37 AM ET
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