Olympia Film Society brings red carpet home

rboone@theolympian.comMarch 3, 2014 

The Olympia Film Society rolled out the red carpet Sunday for its annual Oscar Party, enticing guests to the Capitol Theater with red carpet interviews, food, trivia, prizes and the chance to hold and pose for a photograph with an actual Oscar statuette.

And, of course, with the Academy Awards show itself, which was shown on the Capitol Theater screen.

Guests began arriving about 4 p.m. and had the chance to be interviewed about which movies and actors they thought would take home an Oscar. Those interviews were shown live on the theater screen before the awards telecast got underway.

Rebecca Smith of Lacey, who said she was new to the area, predicted “12 Years a Slave” would win Best Picture. Asked what she was wearing, Smith said her outfit was a combination of what Oscars host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres would wear and what Julie Andrews wore in the movie “Victor Victoria.”

The consensus choice among several people at the event was “12 Years a Slave” for best picture and that the best actor Oscar would go to Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Connie Simpson of Shelton attended the event for the first time.

Simpson, a retired nurse who wore a vintage dress for the occasion, described herself as an “erstwhile screenwriter” who recently studied screenwriting at actor Tom Skerritt’s film school in Seattle. She, too, thought “12 Years a Slave” would take home the best picture Oscar.

“I don’t see how it can lose,” she said.

Olympia Film Society film programming director Helen Thornton said the organization has put on an Oscar party for about 20 years. As part of Sunday’s festivities, volunteers and staff collected Oscar ballots from guests. The grand prize for most correct picks was a basket of gift certificates, including one for Dillingers Cocktails and Kitchen, a downtown Olympia speakeasy.

Trivia questions also were set to be asked throughout the telecast during commercial breaks, including this one:

Which fast-food restaurant color scheme inspired director Spike Jonze for his film “Her”? Answer: Jamba Juice.

The Oscar on display was won by Arthur Freed, producer of “Gigi,” the 1958 film that won Best Picture.

The Olympia Film Society got access to it because Freed’s granddaughter lives in Olympia, Thornton said.

More photos online

For a gallery of photos from Sunday’s event in Olympia, go to

theolympian.com/photos

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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