Archive for February 2015

Roll Out the Red Carpet, Not Your Wallet, Oscar Party Ideas

Academy Awards night is a great opportunity to enjoy some Hollywood glitz, glamor and celebrity excitement right in your own home. Whether a full fashion formal sparkling event, or just snuggling on the sofa with a ballot and a sparkling drink, Oscar night can be enjoyed without breaking the bank or straining your budget.  The videos here give tips on hosting, easy recipes, quick cocktail ideas, games, and even swag bag favor ideas, to make your red carpet party at home fabulous.

Oscar Party Worthy of Awards – Early Show contributor Katie Lee shows how to host an Oscar party with simple tips, recipes, and planning ideas perfect for any budget.

Bash on a Budget – How to set the tone and create super successful parties that won’t hurt your budget…Do what the celebrities do! Tips from ThePartyGoddess.com’s, Marley Majcher.

Party Hors d’oeuvres – These appetizers are perfect for an Oscars Party! Affordable, impressive ideas from Celebrations.com contributing expert AndreaCorreale.

Oscar Party DIY Sparkle – Everything you need to create an affordable, fun, red carpet sparkly party from lifestyle blogger Mr. Kate.

Red Carpet Fashion Look-A-Likes, Oscars ’09 – You can get the red carpet glam looks. Nextpert.com trend and style reporter, Katlean De Monchy, shows how and gives resources for the celebrity looks-for-less fashion trends.

How to Tie a Bow Tie – Craig Stokes, host of Style Minute, shows you how to tie a bow tie. We reviewed several instructional videos on this topic, and Craig’s is without a doubt the best!

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And the Oscar Goes To…

And the Oscar goes to…

As we were searching through the SpendLessTV.com collection of videos, we were surprised at how many clips we’re hosting that are associated with Academy Award nominees and winners… plus, given SpendLessTV.com is a site devoted to money-saving…  you may notice another theme running throughout this collection… we know you’ll enjoy these:

The 1936 film, Pennies From Heaven received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Song, for both the music and lyrics respectively. Here is Bing Crosby in a scene from the film, singing the nominated song.

The movie, Three Coins in a Fountain won three Academy Awards in 1955, one of which was Best Music, Original Song. Here is a clip from that 1955 Academy Awards television show, where Bob Hope introduces Jerry Lewis, who then introduces Dean Martin who sings the titled song.

The Beatles received an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song Score for the 1971 movie, Let It Be. Here’s a video from way back: The Beatles “performing” their version of  “Money,” 1963.

The Best Actor in a Leading Role, Joel Grey, and Best Actress in a Leading Role, Liza Minnelli, perform “Money,” the musical scene from the movie Cabaret, which was nominated in 10 categories and received a total of 8 Academy Awards in 1973.

Donna Summer, won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Song “Last Dance,” which she performed in the movie, Thank God It’s Friday. Here is her appearence  on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, performing  “She Works Hard For The Money.”

John Cleese was nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for the film A Fish Called Wanda. (look closely, he’s there – really!) Here he is with Money Python in 1972, with “The Money Song.”

Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song for “Streets of Philadelphia,” which is the title song for the movie. In this video from a 2012 concert Bruce and the E Street Band performs “Easy Money.”

Cuba Gooding Jr. received the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the 1997 film, Jerry McGuire. Here he is in the movie’s unforgettable famous scene: Show Me The Money!

Robin Williams was awarded the 1997 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the movie, Good Will Hunting.  In this clip he’s doing a joke about Canadian Money (don’t blink, you’ll miss it).

Phil Collins won his Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song “You’ll Be In My Heart” for Disney’s Tarzan in 1999. Here he is in a live performance with Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton in Money For Nothin (I Want My MTV).

Ellen Degeneres hasn’t won an Oscar, but she did win an Emmy for hosting the 2007 79th Annual Academy Awards. When she hosted in 2014 she surprised a pizza delivery man when she brought him onto the stage to hand out pizza to the audience. Here she shares the balance of the tip with him on The Ellen Show.

Steve Martin hasn’t won an Academy Award, but he did receive three Emmy nominations for hosting the 82nd 2010 Annual Academy Awards. Here he is in this Saturday Night Live classic piece: Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford.

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