Oscar Party Word Find

Are you ready to test your skills against this year’s word find? My tester reports this year is much easier, what a relief after being truly diabolical in last year’s word find!

Oscar Party Word Find 2014Here’s the Word Find 2014 Answer Key to check your results. As always there are bonus words – can you find all twelve?

For more on how I make this word find, check out my previous post here.

–Martta

 

Oscar Party Category Award Winner Game

Oh the Oscars are over?  Well guess what, I didn’t have a chance to get up all the posts about this year’s party so you’re in for more of the same!

Every year I like to create a new game for my guests to play (See some renditions from years past here: Name that Famous Dress, Name that Famous Quote, Name that Oscar Winning Best Picture, Name that Oscar Quote, Name that Famous Quote, etc.) and this year’s game was the easiest one yet!  I did a lottery style category award prize blow out.  Don’t get used to this one friends :) Oscar Category Award Winner Game

To create the game, I first brainstormed prize ideas for each category – Here’s what I came up with:

  • Original & Adapted Screenplays: Moleskine notebooks
  • Visual Effects: Sparkly red mini bottle of nail polish
  • Sound Mixing: Bellini drink mixer
  • Sound Editing: Earrings found on clearance at Target
  • Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, Original Score, and Original Song: All these called out to me as $5 Amazon gift cards
  • Production Design: I figure this one is all about setting the scene so I got an inexpensive small metal owl at Hobby Lobby and spray painted him gold – instant tchotchke for a scene.  Plus, who DOESN’T want a gold owl?
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Sparkly gold mini bottle of nail polish
  • Film Editing: A little pack of goodies to make edits on your life like a Tide pen, individual package of Wet Ones and correction tape
  • Documentary Short: Another notebook to “document” the things in your life
  • Documentary Feature: A notebook that was labeled “The long list”
  • Directing: A golden candle holder and candle….I figure the director is the guiding light of the film?  OK some of these were a stretch…..
  • Costume Design: Recycled from my house: a mardi gras style face mask that I got for a wedding a few years ago that, while beautiful, has just been collecting dust.
  • Animated Feature: coloring book and crayons
  • Best Acting Categories: Mini bottles of champagne
  • Best Picture: A sparkly gold evening bag (it was my splurge!)

Obviously you could go in a million different directions – the idea is to get a small gift for each award.  I tried to stick to about $5 for each gift and the recycling from the house was a win-win.

Then I printed the names of each nominee and tucked into some mini envelopes that I picked up at Envelopes.com.  The envelopes come in every color including a bright red and gold metallic, but I went with basic white.  I printed the category tags  and stuck them to the envelopes. Oscar Category Award Winner Game

There were individual bags for each present – the prize wall looked like a bonanza when the show started!  Good thing my Mother was in town to help me get the cloth bags all sewn before the party…..of course paper gift bags would work just as well. Oscar Category Award Winner Game

When the party started I handed out a few envelopes to each guest – there were over 120 nominees so each person got a lot of chances for a win.

As each category winner was announced people tore into their envelopes to see if they had the winner.  As the night wore on, people started trading envelopes to collect as many as possible for a given category – one person had six shots at Best Picture, but didn’t walk away with the prize.  Oh well, a good time was had by all!

Definitely a fun game/lottery and nifty way to spoil your friends at your party.

–Martta

Oscar Party Word Find

Spoiler Alert!  If you’re coming to Oscar Party – don’t read this post!

Because it’s time for me to share this year’s diabolical word find for the 85th annual Academy Awards!  For past year’s word finds and to learn how I make the word find, check out the 2011 and 2012 Oscar Party word finds.

And now on to the show!  Here it is, the 2013 rendition of the Oscar Party word find:Oscar Party Word Find Answers 2013 Oscar Party Word Find 2013

And after you’ve tortured yourself for a bit – here’s the Oscar Party Word Find Answers 2013.  Don’t forget there are ten bonus words that aren’t on the answer sheet – did you get them all??

Mad props to my word find tester, KK, who found, not one but, TWO errors in the first draft of this word find – good thing she’s there to clean it up before you get to it folks :)

–Martta

Oscar Party Ballot

Squee!  It’s Academy Award nomination day!  Not that I actually care who got nominated, I’m just super excited for Oscar party!!  I love to play games at my party so I have everyone fill out a ballot (you can find ballots at oscar.go.com) And whoever guesses the most winners correctly walks away with a bottle of champagne.

Oscar Ballot 2013So start your homework and get that ballot filled out.  I can’t wait!

–Martta

Oscar Party Game: Name that Famous Character

Now that the word find is ready to go for Oscar Party, I’m working on the mystery game.  Every year I create a new game that challenges my party guest’s knowledge of Oscar trivia.

Last year’s mystery game was Name that Famous Oscar Character.  I picked 20 best actor and best actress winners and put up pictures from the film for which they won. 

I then gave each party goer an answer sheet with each of the character names and blanks for the actor, movie, and year they won.  How well can you do?

Here’s the answer key when you finish up: Name that Famous Character Answer Key.

So what will this year’s game be?  I can’t tell you!  Then it won’t be a mystery!

–Martta

Oscar Party Word Find

With award season in full swing, my thoughts are turning to Oscar Party.  One of my favorite parts of Oscar Party is the games.  Nominations were announced last week and the diabolical word find has been created.  You know, it’s the game where I like to torture my semi-intoxicated friends with a crazy difficult word find?  ‘Cause that’s the kind of friend I am…..

Well this year, it’s tougher than ever.  I had to expand the puzzle to fit in all the nominees – seriously, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a long ass movie title.  I even cut out the ‘and’ and it was still 28 letters long.  My tester reports she was able to complete the search in 42 minutes.  If you’re up for the challenge, check out this year’s word find!

No cheating party go-ers!  You’ll have to wait until February 26th to test out the puzzle. But for those of you who are ready, take the plunge and report back how long it took you to complete…..try it after you’ve had a cosmo or glass of wine for true party accuracy :)

PS – Bonus Round!  There are 12 hidden words that are related to the Academy Awards and party.  Good luck finding all of ‘em!

–Martta