Reel Asian’s Oscars™ Watch-Along Party!

On Sunday, March 12, 2023, Reel Asian will host its very first Oscars™ watch-along event! This will be a fun, casual get-together to celebrate the strong Asian representation among this year’s Academy Award nominees, with EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE leading the pack at eleven nominations! We hosted a special in-person advance screening of this film with Elevation Pictures on March 30, 2022 that was hugely popular. Notable nominees include:

  • ALL THAT BREATHES nominated for Best Documentary Feature – we screened the Toronto premiere of this film at the 26th edition of our festival in November of 2022
  • TURNING RED nominated for Best Animated Feature – our Executive Director, Deanna Wong, moderated a special online masterclass (co-hosted with Disney/Pixar) with Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins in March of 2022
  • NAATU NAATU nominated for Best Original Song from Telugu action epic RRR – we co-presented the downtown premiere of this film with the Laser Blast Film Society at the Royal Cinema in June of 2022 to sold-out crowds
  • Hong Chau nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting role, for her work in THE WHALE
  • Judy Chin nominated (along with colleagues Adrien Morot and Annemarie Bradley) for Best Makeup & Hairstyling, also for THE WHALE
  • Darius Khondji nominated for Best Cinematography, for his work on BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS

Doors open at 6:30PM and there will be mixing and mingling with snacks & refreshments courtesy of Steam WhistleHaisue, and Là Lá Bakeshop while the pre-show red carpet broadcast screens in the background. We will have our very own red carpet and backdrop set up to take pictures on! At 8PM, we will gather in the Bachir-Yerex Presentation Space to watch as the broadcast stream is projected on the wall. This is a casual, relaxed event so you don’t have to stay seated for the entire broadcast – feel free to get up and move between the two spaces, socialize, and enjoy the hospitality and conviviality of your fellow community members.

SUN MAR 12, 2023

401 Commons
401 Richmond St W, 4th Floor


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50/50 Oscars™ Pool

For people attending the event, there will be a pay-to-play 50/50 Oscars™ Pool. Fill in the form with your predictions for each category and hand in your form before the broadcast begins at 8PM. The pool costs $20 to participate, with half the proceeds going to Reel Asian and half the proceeds going to the winner.

The winner is the participant with the most correct predictions. You must make a prediction in every category to participate. The winner will be awarded a novelty statuette and be eTransferred the winnings after the event. In the event of a two-way tie, the joint winners may opt to split the prize. In the event of multiple eligible participants, the winner will be decided by random draw.

Online Oscars™ Contest

For people who can’t attend the event in person, you can follow along and play at home! There will be a Google Form available until 6PM EST on March 12 – simply fill in your predictions for each category and submit before the deadline. The contest is FREE and open to all Canadians, coast to coast to coast.

The winner is the entrant with the most correct predictions. You must make a prediction in every category or the form will not let you proceed. The winner will be sent a $50 gift card furnished by Haisue, good for delivery right to your door along with a novelty statuette from Reel Asian. In the event of multiple eligible entries, the winner will be selected by random draw.

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