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Now that the Oscar nominees have been announced, where are you planning on watching the Academy Awards on February 27? If you’re traveling during the event, we’ve got you covered. Larger than your flat-screen TV, and more intimate than a movie theater, these hotels are the places to view the red carpet parade and watch your favorite actors up-close and in vivid color.
Hotel deLuxe, Portland, OR
The Hotel deLuxe in downtown Portland, Oregon, is having an Academy Award Tweet-Up (Follow @hotel_deluxe for updates) starting at 3:30pm (PST) in their 1,240-square-foot screening room. Visitors take part in a contest to guess the winners and whoever gets the most correct wins a free night in a suite like the Marlene Dietrich room, with its eight-foot circular bed. Free popcorn and treats will be served and the first 40 guests get a drink on the house. Want to make a night of it even if you don’t win? Rooms go for $99 that day, a 10 percent discount.
Soho Beach House, Miami
Every Saturday and Sunday, Miami’s three-month-old Soho Beach House (www.sohobeachhouse.com) plays films in their 25 velvet-and-leather seat Screening Snug. Movies like “Best Picture” nominee The Social Network and Tron have been shown on the 3-D capable screen with free popcorn thrown in for patrons. Need an adult snack to go along with your Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem eye-candy? Bar drinks and food are available, too. Rates from $435/night.
InterContinental London Park Lane
It’s admittedly over-the-top at $4,700/night, but the one?bedroom, 1,206-square-foot Cinema Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane (www.intercontinental.com) is a splurge-worthy spot to see if Brit stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter win awards for The King’s Speech. Invite local friends or colleagues for a private viewing party in the screening room with its six butter-soft adjustable leather recliners, dramatic burgundy silk curtains, and surround sound via Artcoustic speakers. After the broadcast, a dining area and kitchenette is on hand to have breakfast (what with the time zone, and all) and discuss which of the 250 movies from the ensuite library you’ll want to see next.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Up to 30 guests can enjoy the red carpet procession, followed by the Oscars at Amanyara (www.amanresorts.com) in the Turks and Caicos. The secluded resort, whose past visitors include stars Sienna Miller and Will Smith, will broadcast the event in their screening room. While the guest pavilions’ three windows are top-to-bottom glass, the movie room, with its wide leather seats, is as dark as any movie theater, giving it an authentic atmosphere. Canapés and cocktails will be served during the viewing as was done this past holiday season when the room was used by not-to-be-named film execs for private screenings. Rates from $1,250/night.
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