The Oscars |

The Oscars

Aspen Filmfest development director Carol Peachey with Barbara Frank, the general manager.

Aspen Filmfest hosted an unforgettable Oscar party last Sunday, Feb. 27. While the 77th annual Academy Awards ceremony was underway at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, an Oscar party was under way at the new Belly Up club in Aspen. Founded by brothers Michael and Steve Goldberg, the new club is an immense contribution to the music scene in Aspen.A $15 admission charge included appetizers, entry in a ballot contest (results to be announced later this week), and movie trivia during commercial breaks. It also covered the admission to Boulder -based band, Djaté, directly after the show – part of the club’s Reggae Sunday Series.”Aspen Filmfest has been wanting to have an Oscar party for years to celebrate our love of film and now with the great addition of Belly Up we found the perfect venue,” said Barbara Frank, general manager of Aspen Filmfest.The Academy Awards were broadcast on Belly Up’s High Definition projection screen and 4 plasma monitors. Taking turns with Chris Rock who hosted the Academy Awards this year, Oscar party MC Jamie Lynn Miller of KSPN played movie trivia with the crowd during commercial breaks. “I’m so honored to be here watching the show with you all tonight,” she exclaimed. “Especially since I don’t have a TV at home.”As the crowd at the Kodak Theatre rose to their feet in applause when Morgan Freeman won the award for best supporting actor, the Belly Up audience got revved up, too.

“This is such a great idea for a party, ” said Patrick Janelle. “I’m so happy I decided to escape the usual Oscar madness of Hollywood tonight and find respite here in Aspen.””Three of the best picture nominations tonight were shown during our Academy Screenings,” Frank said.Through Filmfest, Aspenites had a chance to meet Documentary Feature Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock when he presented his film, “Super Size Me.” Documentary Feature Oscar winner Zana Briski who produced “Born Into Brothels” also came to town through Filmfest. (More than half of the Oscars awarded this year went to movies that were shown by Aspen Filmfest.)”And three of the nominated short films had their debut at Aspen Shortsfest,” Frank added.”If it weren’t for Shortsfest, we would never see these great films,” said cinephile Zander Higbie. The upcoming festival will take place April 6-10 at theaters around town.For more information on Aspen Filmfest, log on to; for upcoming shows at Belly Up, check out contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail

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