5 stars

As a raving movie fanatic and longtime admirer of awards ceremony, watching the Oscars was definitely the highlight of my weekend.

There is just something so great about seeing a roomful of talented actors, directors and screenwriters. I absolutely adore the elegance, entertainment and competition of the Oscars.

And what better place to watch the Oscars 2013 than the architecturally magnificent Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Each year the Modern Art Museum, DFW.com and the Lone Star Film Society partner to provide Fort Worth residents the chance to watch the Oscars on the big screen at their annual Oscar Viewing Party.

Attendees are invited to come dressed semi-formal or as their favorite nominees giving people the chance to really feel like a part of the Oscars.

This year it was amazing. I drove down to the Cultural District not knowing what to expect and just a tad bit nervous as this was my first time attending. But as soon as I got there I knew I was going to have a great time.

I stepped out of my car and walked up to the building. A red carpet was laid in front of me to direct me and fellow partygoers inside. Call me silly and childish, but this red carpet had me feeling like a star. Once inside, attendees could pose in front of the backdrop poster next to life-sized Oscars for a photo op.

Multiple TV’s were playing to accommodate a large audience. Moises Ticono, gallery attendant, said it was very cool seeing everybody all dressed up and walking the red carpet. His favorite costume of the night was Abraham Lincoln.

In addition to Abe, people were also dressed as Thénardier and Madame Thénardier from Les Misérables, Calvin Candie from Django Unchained, Patrick from Silver Linings Playbook and my personal favorite, the Delicious Intermission Hot Dog (Yes, I know this wasn’t a nominee but it was still the best costume in my opinion).

Everyone in attendance seemed to have a good time and enjoyed watching Seth Macfarlane host the 2013 Oscars.

I had a great time too seeing my favorite actors and actresses on stage presenting and winning awards. I’ll be honest, I was rooting for Jennifer Lawrence to win best actress the whole time, but it was also really great getting other people’s opinion and discussing with them the art of acting. It was very cool meeting new people who are as passionate about movies as I am.

Light snacks, drinks and desserts were served all night and the staff from the Lone Star Film Society had a booth to inform attendees of their upcoming events. I know I’ll be going. LSFS events are always fun and you’ll never know who you meet next. (At their annual Film Festival in 2012, I had a chance to meet American actor/director, Billy Bob Thornton. So you know it will be worth it)

The best part of the whole night was that it was entirely free. That little fact alone wins this college girl’s vote for top 3 activities to do on the weekend. Thank you Museum of Modern Art, DFW.com and the Lone Star Film Society for hosting such a wonderful night. I had a fantastic time and look forward to attending next year.