SyrFest hosts Oscar Party at the Palace

On the importance of film, she said it's an opportunity to have an experience that perhaps you never would. And, unlike a book where you imagine it in your head, with film you feel as if you are there.

"Movies put you right in the middle," she said.

As opposed to youTube, she said she likes the experience of film or video, but doesn't want to be intrusive into someone's personal life.

And with husband, Owen Shapiro, "It's a good working relationship, he is a visionary and it is fun for me to help him to actualize."

She was thrilled when Harrington and Pratt asked if they could run with the Oscars party, "Everyone loves the Oscars, people have said for years we need a big dress up event."

Film Forum represented

One of the big winners of the evening was Norman O. Keim one of the authors of Our Movie Houses: A History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York, as his book recently garnered the Theatre Historical Society of America's Outstanding Book of the Year Award.

This founder and director of the Syracuse University Film Studies Center said he has always been into Oscar events. Although in reality he is not hip on contemporary movies, instead he is more of a historical buff. He created the Film Forum on campus Nancy Keefe Rhodes said, which was a weekly presentation of art films from 1967 to 1980.

"The mayor just bought a book," he said of his book that was 20 years in the making.

A favorite movie? Too many to pick just one, but also he noted that in the silent genre, Joan of Arc.

The wee red carpet

This was a party that featured a red carpet photo opportunity, which might have had some guests a little nervous, but there was no need, as the red carpet was instead a small red carpet set off in a corner of the theater's lobby where guests could go privately have a professional picture captured, perhaps holding a statue.

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