Academy Awards Come To Westport

The closing of Oscar’s Delicatessen ended a great Westport tradition: the annual Oscars at Oscar’s pre-party.

But the Westport Cinema Initiative has filled the gap.

A number of local businesses have  become “polling places” for a contest. Just stop in and vote for who you think will win awards this Sunday in a variety of categories: Best Leading Actor and Actress; Best Supporting Actor and Actress; Best Director; Best Picture; Best Animated Feature; Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film.

Winners receive prizes donated by those merchants.

The contest ends this Sunday (February 26) at 4 p.m. You can vote at these locations:

  • Le Rouge by Aarti
  • iFloat
  • Francois du Pont Jewelers
  • Organachs Farm to Skin
  • Vincent Palumbo Salon
  • The Brownstone
  • Green & Tonic
  • The UPS Store
  • Downunder
  • Westport Hardware
  • Saugatuck Sweets
  • Joe’s Pizza
  • Simon Pearce
  • Body Quest
  • Soleil Toile

PS: As you enjoy the Oscars Sunday night, raise a glass in memory of Oscar’s.

Last year's pre-Oscars party at Oscar's was also deli owner Lee Papageorge's 65th birthday. His daughter Missy presented him with his very own statue. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

Last year’s pre-Oscars party at Oscar’s was also deli owner Lee Papageorge’s 65th birthday. His daughter Missy presented him with his very own statue. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

3 responses to “Academy Awards Come To Westport

  1. Isn’t there some place that would let us meet tomorrow or Sunday afternoon? I am friendly with Rio Bravo Mexican restaurant ( in the old Pier I shopping center. I bet they’d welcome us. Is it too late to spread the word? They have very affordable lunch items as well and would probably not even require a purchase!

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  2. Michael Don Sullivan

    Gee Dan! We are on a roll! Three post in a row have made me miss all you! I always worked Sundays at Oscar’s and certainly enjoyed Sue’s pre-Oscar afternoon! Delightful and informative!

  3. I stopped in this afternoon at Le Rouge to fill out a ballot for the n’Oscar’s contest… and was pleased to see that the chocolate heart “Give a Little Love” campaign is still going strong there. I had missed it at Valentine’s day, and this was my first visit there. I had thought it was a wonderful idea, and now, even better that this charitable opportunity to show appreciation for others isn’t just limited to February 14th! I am missing Oscar’s and all the pre-event festivities that Westport Cinema Initiative has been so good at planning.