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Gene Siskel Film Center hosts city's only official Oscar Experience

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Fellow Chicago cinephiles, our favorite night of film is closing in. That’s right Oscar Sunday is a mere two weeks away.

Chicago’s only Academy sanctioned live telecast, Oscar Experience, will kick off at the Gene Siskel Film Center, broadcasted on two big screens. Attendees will nosh on dinner compliments of Pure Kitchen and imbibe on champagne and cocktails. Chicago’s resident PR maven, foodie, and hostess with the mostess Amanda Puck will act as the red carpet host for the evening.

Event details are as follows:

Where: Gene Siskel Film Center

When: Sunday February 24th, 2013 6pm – Midnight

Cost: $100 General Admission / $200 VIP (ticket price includes surprise goodies and preferred seating)

Tickets can be purchased here through Ticketmaster.

Attire: Cocktail

Parking: Valet is available

In its 85th year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences big night will be hosted by funnyman Seth MacFarlane, who gave a glimpse of what to expect during the early morning nominations announcement where he made his cracks about Hitler and about female nominees no longer needing to pretend to like Harvey Weinstein. In addition, this year’s event includes both the youngest and oldest females (Quvenzhané Wallis, Emmanuelle Riva respectively) ever nominated for best actress in a leading role.

To see the full list of the nominees, click here.

If you haven’t seen all of the Academy’s 9 Best Picture nominated films, don’t fret, you can still catch any or all of the films at a number of theaters around the city. Some are even available at Red Box (Beasts of the Southern Wild for one). In addition, AMC will run its annual Best Picture Showcase, where patrons can watch all of the 9 films (or fewer if desired) over the course of two weekends or one 24 hour period. More details can be found here.

For more information on the Gene Siskel Film Center and its programming offerings, click here.

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