oscar.jpgPopular movie-theme fundraiser features live music, dancing, and ceremony on the big screen in the Dryden Theatre

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film will celebrate the 81st Academy Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 22 with its 13th annual movie-themed Oscars® party — at the home of the father of motion picture film, George Eastman. This popular party is charged with all the excitement of Hollywood's big night, featuring live music, dancing, and the Academy Awards® ceremony on the big screen in the 500-seat Dryden Theatre, as well as on TV monitors throughout the museum. You'll feel like a star as you wave off the paparazzi walking down the red carpet. Inside the Eastman House you'll be tempted by hors d'oeuvres and desserts while bidding on exciting silent auction items. Practice your acceptance speech as you pose for a portrait with an actual Oscar® statuette and make your way to the mansion to dance to the music of Nik and the Nice Guys. Additional live performances include a song-and-dance medley featuring hits from the movie Mamma Mia! and a performance by Rochester City Ballet. Plus, be part of the crowd cheering on hometown-favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman as he vies for his second Oscar! Catered food selections will reflect themes from the nominated films, including Indian fare for Slumdog Millionaire (from restaurant Thali of India); Dark Knight pasta bites; The Wrestler "meat" carving station; and a dessert and coffee bar featuring mini Milkshakes. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the celebration continues through the Best Picture award. Dress is festive attire. Advance tickets are $50 per person ($60 day of event) and include valet parking and your first drink of beer or wine on the house. Tickets are on sale now at www.eastmanhouse.org; by phone at (585) 271-3361 ext. 444; or in person at the Eastman House admissions desk. Organized by the Eastman Young Professionals, this party is a benefit for the Eastman House and its preservation efforts. The party's star sponsors are Frontier and COMIDA. For more information please visit www.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361. Attn. Media: High-res images from past parties can be found online at https://secure.eastmanhouse.org/pressroom

Media Contact: Dresden Engle dengle@geh.org (585) 271.3361 ext. 213