Long Island will be aglitter with Oscar gold this weekend for cinephiles whose idea of the social network is to hang out with other movie lovers at Oscar-viewing parties or at theaters showing this year's nominees. If Oscar is your main man, check out these events where the golden guy will get his close-up.
Rein at the Garden City Hotel
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Sunday, 45 Seventh St., Garden City
INFO 516-747-3000, gardencityhotel.com
Rein's annual bash again features cocktails designed around the films (127 Hours is a vodka cocktail infused with chili peppers), but this year chef Steven De Bruyn is getting in on the fun with an Oscar-themed menu: split pea soup with "127 Hours"-cured pork belly confit; "The Social Network," which is a tapas plate to share with friends; and "Winter's Bone"-in short ribs served over "True Grits" with braised mustard greens.
For dessert, visitors can watch the awards and try to guess the most winners for a shot at brunch for two.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Sunday, 2259 Merrick Rd., Merrick
INFO 516-812-7883, thevinewinebar.com
Fresh off The Vine is its first Oscar party, complete with a free glass of champagne for anyone who orders food or drink.
"Our customers started asking us what we were doing for the Oscars," owner Lynn Mione says. "It had never dawned on me to do anything for the Oscars, but then I thought if my customers want it, we should do it."
Adding to the fun will be prizes for those who pick the most winners or who fare best at Oscar bingo. "Each space is a different category," Mione says. "One space will have 'Crying,' so the first time, we see someone cry, they can mark the space. Or the first time someone makes a political statement, they can mark that space."
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Main Street on the Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
INFO 631-725-0818, baystreet.org
ADMISSION $10 suggested donation
Bay Street rolls out the red carpet - on screen, that is - for its viewing party which opens with ABC's "Oscar's Red Carpet Live" special at 7 p.m. The Oscarcast follows, along with a 50-50 raffle, movie snacks from popcorn to Goobers and special champagne cocktails.
Live-action shorts fest
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St.
INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org
Short films are big at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, where this year's live-action shorts will be screened: "The Confession" about a 9-year-old boy's first confession; "The Crush," wherein two 8-year-old boys duel over their teacher; "God of Love" about a lounge-singing darts champ; "Na Wewe," which deals with racism in Central Africa; and "Wish 143," the story of a 15-year-old boy's dying wish to spend an hour with a naked woman.
ALSO TRY Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.., Huntington, screens the live-action and animated short-film nominees starting today. $10; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
AMC'S BEST PICTURE SHOWCASE
ADMISSION $50 for a 24-hour marathon pass or $35 one-day pass
It won't take 127 hours to see all 10 best picture nominees - 24 hours will do in AMC's marathon starting Saturday. If you don't have that much stamina, buy a one-day pass for five screenings.
MARATHON LINEUP "Toy Story 3" (10 a.m. Saturday); "127 Hours" (noon); "The Kids Are All Right" (2 p.m.); "True Grit" (4:15 p.m.); "The Fighter" (7:15 p.m.); "Winter's Bone" (9:45 p.m.); "Black Swan" (11:45 p.m.); "Inception" (2 a.m. Sunday); "The Social Network" (4:45 a.m.); "The King's Speech" (7:05 a.m.)
ONE-DAY LINEUP "Winter's Bone" (11 a.m. Saturday); "Black Swan" (1 p.m.); "Inception" (3:10 p.m.); "The Social Network" (6:45 p.m.); "The King's Speech" (9 p.m.)
The Oscar Ballot Contest
Every time you say "Check, please" through Sunday at Rowdy Hall, you'll find a little something added to your bill. No, not a charge for a second cup of coffee, but an Oscar ballot, which you can fill out and present to the host, manager, server or bartender. Guess the most winners for a prize almost as golden as an Oscar - dinner for two at Rowdy Hall and a pair of movie vouchers.