2013 Oscar parties

Updated 3/6/2013

Christopher Straub
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Why stay home when you can watch the Oscars in style? With these fancy options for watching this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, you have no excuse not to get gussied up and hit the town.

Twin Cities Official Oscar Experience

The area’s longest-running Oscar party, Aegis Foundation’s 20th annual soiree, is hosted by Daniel Green of Shop NBC and “Project Runway” fan favorite Christopher Straub, with whom you can get your photo snapped on the red carpet. Festivities include live and silent auctions and swag bags, and a VIP three-course dinner is available. Proceeds benefit Smile Network and the Sanneh Foundation. (5:30 p.m. Sun. $65-$175. Union Restaurant & Marquee Lounge, 731 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 1-888-252-3447 or www.aegisfoundationinc.org.)

Minneapolis Movie Bears

The Movie Bears, a social group geared toward the GLBT community, is back for a fourth year of its free Oscar party at the Chatterbox in St. Paul. It includes an Oscar trivia contest, giveaways and a silent auction with proceeds going to the 2013 Minnesota AIDS Walk. (5 p.m. Sun. Free. Chatterbox Pub, 800 S. Cleveland Av., St. Paul. www.minneapolismoviebears.com.)

Brit’s Pub

Another free party option is happening at Brit’s Pub, where they’ll show the ceremony on a big screen in their clubhouse lounge, along with drink and food specials, movie trivia with John Cosgrove, a guess-the-winners competition and free popcorn. (5 p.m. Sun. Free. 21 & older. Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-332-3908 or www.britspub.com.) Jahna Peloquin