Where to watch the Oscars (and Oscar nominees), besides your couch

Local movie screenings and watch parties add a little razzle-dazzle to the annual experience.

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Is this Laurie Metcalf’s year to shine? Will a movie that seems to condone bestiality win best picture? Just where are those “three billboards” again?

If you live in NoVA and these are your burning questions, you’re in luck. This weekend, you may either choose to cram for the Academy Awards (airing Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC) by streaming any film you can get your hands on from the comfort of your living room sofa, or perhaps throw a lavish watch party at home with trophy-shaped chocolate bars and champagne. But if you’re looking for something that gets you outside of your four walls, consider one of these area watch parties and pre-party events:

AMC’s Best Picture Showcase
Times vary
Still haven’t seen the best-picture nominees? See them all at once at a nearby AMC theater, in the form of a 24-hour marathon. // Multiple locations

Regal Cinemas’ 2018 Best Picture Film Festival
Times vary
Catch up on the films you missed via this film fest, broken up over a series of days. See only the ones that interest you or watch up to four per day from their pre-set movie itineraries. // Multiple locations

Fabulous Frocks Oscars Red Carpet Ready Party
Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Let’s face it: The best part of the Oscars is the fashion. Immerse yourself in the Hollywood magic with your own mini fashion show at Fabulous Frocks. Don dresses worn by the likes of Sofia Vergara and Angelina Jolie while sampling snacks, enjoying a mimosa and getting a mini makeup service. // Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria: 1901 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

D.C. Film Society’s 26th Annual “And the Winner Is …” Oscar Night Party
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Watch the Oscars, and their ever-important red carpet pre-show, on the big screen alongside local film critics Travis Hopson and Tim Gordon, who will offer the lowdown on this year’s films. Offer your pics for a Predict the Winners contest and bid for your favorites in a silent auction. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers and advance purchases are recommended. // Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse: 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington

Oscars and Bubbles Viewing Party
Sunday, 7 p.m.
In your finest red-carpet wear, join a cast of party-gatherers to sip Oscars-themed cocktails and enjoy Blanc de Blanc from Greenhill Winery at Salamander’s Gold Cup Wine Bar. Swag bags will be given to the first 15 guests to arrive, and attendees can submit their winner picks for a chance at more prizes. Call for more information. // Salamander Resort & Spa: 500 North Pendleton St., Middleburg

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