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A previous version of this list said that the Armchair Oscars Party at Nellie's would benefit One in Ten, the organization behind the annual Reel Affirmations film festival. It will not benefit One in Ten. This version has been corrected.

Oscar parties: Where to watch in the Washington area

Friday, February 26, 2010

You've seen all the films and made your picks, now where are you going to watch the awards? If your couch isn't the answer, there are several public viewing parties in the area. Our nominees:

The biggest event is the Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night DC, a black-tie gala and viewing party benefiting the American Red Cross at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Tickets begin at $100, which covers an open bar; $175 VIP tickets include a premium bar, valet parking and, in the spirit of the Oscars, a swag bag.

7 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 703-584-8459.

The Washington Film Institute hosts its viewing party at the Goethe-Institut. Dress as your favorite Hollywood icon and walk the red carpet before heading inside, where the Oscars will be shown on two big screens. Advance tickets ($25) are required and include an open beer-and-wine bar.

7 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200.

For something a bit more low-key, try the DC Film Society's "And the Winner Is ... " party ($20) at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, which includes a silent auction for signed scripts and movie posters, and an in-house predict-the-winners contest.

6:30 p.m. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-486-2345.

The Armchair Oscars Party at Nellie's is sure to include plenty of second-guessing and banter. No cover charge.

7 p.m. Nellie's Sports bar, 900 U St. NW. 202-332-6355.

-- Alex Baldinger

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