Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Win Tickets to BMFI's Oscar Party!

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Coordinator

It's that time of year. Time for red carpet, champagne, and glitzy dresses. Time for the movie stars to truly shine. Time for BMFI's Oscar Party!




Join us on February 27 for BMFI's third annual Oscar Party! Celebrate Hollywood's hottest night in style. Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner, drinks, a cash bar, and a silent auction, and watch the Oscars simulcast live on our big screen. Tickets are available at the Box Office and online here.

Want to be a winner yourself? Imagine that you're in the Kodak Theater and your name is called. Did you hear right? Yes, you won! You can hardly believe it, you've been dreaming of this day since you were a kid.

Tell us what you would say or do in your acceptance speech. Post it in the comments here. A jury of your peers will choose a winner to receive two tickets to our Oscar Party! Entries must be posted by Monday, January 24 at noon. We'll announce the winners next week.

Please note: When posting your comment, you will be asked to select a log-in from a list. If you do not have a Google account, etc., please select either 1) "Name/URL", which requires that you have a valid website address of your own, or 2) "Anonymous". If you select the latter, please be sure to sign your name in the post. Thanks!

9 comments:

  1. HELLO, I AM NANCY HAAS FOR THOSE I HAVE NOT MET YET! I SUPPOSE IT IS NOT DEEMED THOUGHTFUL OR WISE ON SUCH A NIGHT TO THANK ONES SELF, BUT I MUST PAUSE FOR ONE SECOND FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT THANK-YOUS I HAVE LISTED HERE ON THIS CARD TO SAY THIS:
    PRIOR TO 2001 I WAS AN OVER WEIGHT HOUSE WIFE ON ANTI DEPRESSANTS WHO NEVER LOOKED ANOTHER SOUL IN THE EYE, NEVER LEFT HER HOME TOWN OF WAYNE FOR FEAR I WOULD GET LOST, AND FRANKLY IF I WALKED INTO ANY ROOM NO ONE WOULD NOTICE I HAD ARRIVED. I WAS THE CELLOPHANE WOMAN. ONE DAY I HIT A BOTTOM SO LOW THAT I WOKE UP...MADE A CALL TO A PLACE OF MIRACLES ON A MOUNTAIN IN MASSACHUSETTS CALLED THE OPTION INSTITUTE AND WITH MY HEART POUNDING WITH THE GREATEST FEAR I HAVE EVER FELT... I TOOK MY FIRST STEP TOWARDS THIS STAGE. THE STORY THAT HAS BEEN NOMINATED AND HAS WON BEST SCREENPLAY TONIGHT IS THE HUMBLE STORY OF MY AMAZING LIFE SINCE THAT DAY AND I AM STANDING BEFORE YOU TO SAY THANK YOU TO MYSELF FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO ASK THE DARING QUESTIONS, "WHO AM I, AND WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?"
    SINCE THAT FIRST PHONE CALL I HAVE LIVED ALONE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, GOTTEN A DIVORCE, BOUGHT MY FIRST PIECE OF REAL ESTATE (NOW I OWN 3) AND RAN A 30 ML DOLLAR COMPANY ON MY OWN WHILE RAISING TWO CHILDREN.
    I AM LIVING MY DREAM TONIGHT, NOT BECAUSE I WON THIS AWARD, BUT BECAUSE MY STORY IS IN THE HANDS OF MILLIONS OF WOMAN WHO MAY BE JUST LIKE ME AND PERHAPS IN TEN YEARS ONE OF YOU WILL BE STANDING UP HERE AND THANKING YOURSELF FOR MAKING THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS LEARNING HOW TO THANK YOURSELF!
    YOUR LIFE IS AN EMPTY BOOK UNTIL YOU PICK UP YOUR PEN AND BEGIN YOUR STORY- BEGIN TONIGHT!

    THANK YOU ...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO READ YOU MY STORY ON THE BIG SCREEN.

    TO MY KIDS AND MY MOM...."LOOK! I LEFT WAYNE, IT TOOK ME TEN YEARS BUT SOMEHOW A WALKED ALL THE WAY TO HOLLYWOOD!"

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  2. I would like to thank the bryn Mawr film institute in bryn Mawr Pennsylvania for the premier party of this beautiful film without that exposure I wouldn't be standing here. A special thank you to Juliet Goodfriend, for her endless support and free popcorn!

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  3. I'd like to thank the Academy, of course, and my parents and family. But I'd especially like to thank my 7th grade English teacher for encouraging my bad poetry ("green is the grass, a shamrock, a car; green is the color of a stool in a bar"), which started me on the journey of becoming the award-winning writer you see before you.

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  4. Setting the scene----(I would bring all my leftover party poppers from new years eve and pop the confetti as I walked up the steps to accept the oscar...)
    "I can't help but to think back to 1990...I was the 9-year-old little girl in a family of five kids. I ran upstairs and stole my big sister's opaque, oscar-like, spandex style stockings in oscar-gold. FYI: She wore these for real to her Freshman Formal that year. Yikes! It just so happen that this same sister also had a gold night-shirt. You see where this is going....I came downstairs, to my family's surprise, dressed like an Oscar. (You have to see these tights to see how they resemble the OSCAR award.)-At this point I realize I would be getting kicked off the stage. However, I would thank those Golden tights, that then seemed to magically appear every year around OSCAR time. And yes, I would go upstairs and put on my OSCAR costume. It became a tradition. I will be turning 30 on Saturday and I still have the tights. Every time I put them on though, I secretly think that one day, one day, in my childhood dreams, I will get to attend the OSCARS. So, I would like to thank the Golden tights, my sister, and my MOM....and of course, GOD! -Peace, Kirsten
    echelmeierk2@hotmail.com

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  5. Hello! Everybody. You may know me as
    Van Johnson, but, as it happens, in the years
    I've spent on stage and screen, especially at
    MGM, I have assumed many other identities. As
    the Mayor of my hometown, Newport, Rhode Island,
    put it on Van Johnson Day, I had the ability to
    inhabit a character and shine through it. Perhaps
    you recall the role of the heroic Ted Lawson in
    "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," assigned to me by
    Louis B. Mayer in l943. Then there was the ever-
    faithful Andrew Larkin, in "In The Good Old
    Summertime," and Charles Wills, the writer (a
    take-off on F. Scott Fitzgerald), with Liz Taylor
    as "Zelda" in "The Last Time I Saw Paris."
    All these characters prepared me for the
    tremendous honor you have given me tonight, and
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  6. Colin Firth reads the card."And the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation goes to...JANICE MARINI for 'Salmon and Name Tags: My Life in Special Events', based on her novel of the same name..." I slink to the stage in red Prada. Somehow my hair stays perfect, and my mascara isn't running even though tears are slowly running down my face. Colin hands me the statuette and kisses me like it's the end of "Bridget Jones's Diary". When I catch my breath, I look out toward the audience and camera and jokingly send a message to Ardmore: "Eat your heart out, Rosemary." Then I thank the studio, my agents, my publisher, my publicist, and the incredible cast, especially Keira Knightley, for bringing the main character to life. I thank my incredible director Ken Loach for his stunning work -- since a slapsticky American comedy was a bit of a departure for him... I thank my former boss by name (which I won't do here!) for the endless supply of material and daily humiliations that beame the backbone of Salmon and Name Tags. I thank Archway Dutch Cocoa cookies for fueling the effort to write the screenplay. I acknowledge my family by name, all my friends in Philadelphia, and end by thanking my wonderful husband Joe. I couldn't have done it w/o his endless reserves of good humor, encouragement and love. (jkmarini@hotmail.com)

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  7. A friend once assured me that because I jumped through hoops and ran the extra miles for my son as a single parent i was a hero!
    I have played the role of my life w/exuberance, insight,passion and mostly LOVE!!! I'm so greatful to have had the oppurtunity and pleasure to have acted in these adventurous and multi dimentional scenes only to make me a wiser and better person! So as we say in life "the show must go on" and for me it will!
    Peach Ward says a big THANKYOU to the Academy!

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  8. Danielle G. gagnondg@gmail.comJanuary 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    After accepting this year’s award for Best Fan of Oscar Nominated Films, I begin:

    Oh, wow. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this amazing recognition.

    First, I must thank Julie Andrews. Julie has been my inspiration since I was five years old. She is the reason I love movies, she is the reason I accept this award tonight, and without her, this industry would have a giant void.

    I must express my deepest gratitude to the Independent Film Institutes around the country, in particular, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. You have made it possible for me to see the movies I want to see, and you educate me on the importance of films I may otherwise overlook.

    Thank you to my mother, for watching black and white movies every Sunday afternoon and cultivating in me a deep appreciation for the artful mastery of the giants of early cinema.

    Lastly, I extend my sincere appreciation and deep admiration to each of this year’s nominees. You have truly made this a year to remember.

    Thank you for this tremendous honor.

    Peace.

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  9. Thanks so much for your entries, everyone! The competition is now closed. We'll let you know who the winners are this week!

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