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UPDATE: DFW.com Oscars party canceled

Posted 2:05pm on Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014

UPDATE: In Hollywood, the show must go on. But in North Texas, when the roads turn icy, the prudent thing to do is stay home. So, we’re sorry to report that this year’s DFW.com Oscar Watching Party at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has been canceled due to severe winter weather conditions. We were looking forward to seeing everyone on the red carpet in their Oscar finest or a creative costume, but after much discussion, organizers for DFW.com and the Modern have decided it is better to be safe, especially because the National Weather Service forecast indicates that temperatures will keep dropping throughout the evening, creating dangerous road conditions later tonight when the party would have ended. It’s very disappointing, especially because this will be our first Oscar night in six years not spent celebrating at the Modern with friends and fellow movie lovers. We apologize to everyone who was planning to attend, or who put together a costume for the red carpet.

If you have questions or comments, e-mail rpress@dfw.com.

Original story:

Grab your spacesuit and don your best disco outfit — it’s time again to join DFW.com for some Oscar fun.

Will it be Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity capturing the Best Picture prize? Or will the cast of American Hustle be getting down on Oscar night? And can anyone wrest the Oscar from Dallas Buyers Club’s Matthew McConaughey in the Best Actor category?

These are just a few of the questions that will be answered March 2, when DFW.com and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth host their sixth annual Oscars watching party at the Modern. We invite you to dress as your favorite nominee, walk the red carpet and win fabulous prizes.

The fun will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2. It is free, and you don’t need a reservation.

If you’re wondering what to wear: anything goes — from jeans to formal wear. But guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite nominees, and if you do, you could win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet and SOL Republic Tracks headphones -- a sweet Radio Shack prize pack that would make Joaquin Phoenix’s character in Her jealous.

Our celebrity judges will be on hand to award special prizes to the best Oscar-inspired costumes. Last year’s winners included some great Abe and Mary Todd Lincolns, a trio of Bond girls, a tipsy pilot (from Flight) and Katniss, from The Hunger Games, just to name a few.

This year is full of possibilities, too — from Gravity and American Hustle to The Wolf of Wall Street, the folk singers of Inside Llewyn Davis or the Minions of Despicable Me 2. Use your imagination and you’ll be rewarded on Oscar night.

DFW.com’s crack team of entertainment junkies will be on hand to welcome you on the red carpet and snap your photos. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Oscar broadcast will be shown in the Modern’s auditorium, as well as in Café Modern. We’ll also have a viewing screen in the Modern’s lobby, along with light snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Film critic Christopher Kelly, who hosts the annual Modern Cinema film festival at the Modern, as well as regular screenings there, will be the emcee for the evening, and he’ll be handing out Oscar-inspired prize packages during commercial breaks. The grand prize is a Wolf of 7th Street package that includes a night at the Marriott Residence Inn, his and her makeover at Moda Salon, $150 gift certificate for dinner at Waters and passes for Movie Tavern.

Other prizes will include loot from Martin House Brewing, Rodeo Goat, Kona Grill, tickets to the upcoming Indiana Jones exhibit at the Fort Worth Science and History Museum, and much more.

Admission to the Oscar Party is free, and no ticket is required. Seating in the museum’s auditorium is first come, first served. Seating in the cafe is unlimited.

For questions, email Rick Press at rpress@dfw.com. See ya on the red carpet!

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