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George Eastman House celebrates Academy Awards® Sunday, March 7

Popular movie-theme fundraiser, organized by the Eastman Young Professionals, features live music, dancing, and ceremony on the big screen in the Dryden Theatre

Rochester, N.Y., February 16, 2010—George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film will celebrate the 82nd Academy Awards® on Sunday, March 7 with its 14th annual movie-themed Oscars® party — at the home of the father of motion picture film, George Eastman.

This popular party is charged with all the excitement of Hollywood’s big night, featuring live music, dancing, and the Academy Awards® ceremony on the big screen in the 500-seat Dryden Theatre, as well as on TV monitors throughout the museum.

You’ll feel like a star as you wave off the paparazzi walking down the red carpet. Inside the Eastman House you’ll be tempted by hors d’oeuvres and desserts while bidding on exciting silent auction items. Practice your acceptance speech as you pose for a portrait with an actual Oscar® statuette and make your way to the mansion to dance to the music of Nik and the Nice Guys. Additional live performances include a song-and-dance medley featuring popular movie music.

Food selections by Gatherings Catering will reflect themes from the nominated films, including New Orleans-style cookin’ in honor of The Princess and the Frog; French fare from Julie & Julia; meat-carving stations served up by a football player for The Blind Side; airline food, presented by costumed flight attendants and pilots, for Up in the Air; and an array of chocolates and sweets to celebrate the film Up.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the celebration continues through the Best Picture award. Dress is “dress to impress” (a representative from Adrian Jules will be on the red carpet discussing the party’s fashions). Advance tickets are $50 per person ($60 day of event) and include valet parking and your first drink of beer or wine on the house. Tickets are on sale now at www.eastmanhouse.org; by phone at (585) 271-3361 ext. 444; or in person at the Eastman House admissions desk.

Organized by the Eastman Young Professionals, this party is a benefit for the Eastman House and its preservation efforts. The party’s star sponsors are Frontier and COMIDA.

For more information please visit www.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.