|Sarah McBurnie, manager of the Paramount Landmark Theatre poses with makeshift Oscar ballot box.|
The red carpet was out at the Paramount Landmark Theatre on Sunday for the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Movie buffs in Kelowna came out to watch the Oscars live on the big screen.
"I don't know how many people to expect, but we're hoping for at least 100," said Sarah McBurnie, manager of the theatre. McBurnie said they usually expect more, but it's been difficult for people to find parking this year because of the construction on Bernard Avenue.
The theatre gave away prizes from local downtown businesses and free food for people who came to watch. Proceeds from the $5 ticket went to the Have A Heart radiothon.
The Landmark 8 Cinema in West Kelowna also put on an Oscar viewing event.
Shelagh Faa and Jan Jopko put on their best dresses for the occasion.
"I've been coming for about six or seven years," said Faa. She said she gets dressed up every year to watch the awards. This year, she opted to wear a long ruby red dress, with a feathered pink scarf.
"I'm a movie buff. Growing up,
I used to go to the movies three times a week," she said.
Faa said that Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in Lincoln was her favourite of the year and she's rooting for him to win the Best Actor award.
"I think I'll keep coming every year, it's always a lot of fun," she said.
Julia Melesko celebrated her 16th birthday at the Oscar viewing party.
Melesko brought a few of her friends to watch the show and couldn't imagine celebrating her birthday any other way.
"I love the Academy Awards. I did this for my 13th birthday too," she said. Melesko does musical theatre and was hoping for a win for the musical drama, Les Miserables.
"It's fun watching the awards in this kind of atmosphere. It's better than sitting at home and watching them," she said.