Summit salutes the stars |

Summit salutes the stars

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Festival of Film presents an evening of “movie stars and martinis” to celebrate the 77th Academy Awards Sunday.Festival coordinators roll out the red carpet at 6 p.m. Sunday for locals who want to celebrate the stars by casting their own ballot for award winners, watching the televised event, drinking martinis and beer (donated from Stella Artois) and enjoying appetizers. Fresh flowers and spotlights add to the festive black-tie event.The tradition of watching the Academy Awards in high fashion at the Summit started in the early 1990s when a group of people involved in the Breckenridge Festival of Film dressed as their favorite stars and gathered in the lobby of the River Mountain Lodge to watch the award ceremony.By the last 1990s, the event grew and moved to Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, where it filled two conference rooms. Last year, the festival didn’t host a party due to transitions in directors, but this year it’s back – in a more intimate rendition.Festival coordinators decided to scale down the size of the Academy Award party in order to focus on the Hollywood and Wine fundraiser, which takes place in May and includes a silent auction. Peggy Windle, event coordinator, said they could only do one big silent auction a year, so they decided to make it in May. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s party will suffer.”This year, we’re going to step it up a bit,” said Dawna Foxx, executive director of the festival. “It’s a more dress up affair. It will be interesting to see what the women will wear.”Robin and Patty Theobald host the event in their Breckenridge home, which can accommodate about 75 people.Guests can purchase ballots for $5 each and guess the Academy Award winners. The person who has the most correct answers will win a certificate for lodging for two in Aspen.The Breckenridge Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It aims to become one of the premiere film festivals in the nation by bringing in more movie industry representatives, which ultimately draws more filmmakers. In fact, it’s working on obtaining Paramount Productions as a sponsor of the festival, Windle said.Since 2002, the festival has more than doubled its premiere offerings. In 2003, it jumped from six to 10, and last year it offered 13 premieres.”And in the past, we’ve been pretty good about getting premieres that win – or are nominated for – Oscars,” former executive director Suzanne Burke said last year. Last September, the festival offered “Shark Tale,” “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Being Julia,” which are all nominees for an Academy Award.This year’s film festival runs September 8-11. For more information, call (970) 453-6200 or visit 77th annual Academy Awards nominationsLeading actorDon Cheadle – “Hotel Rwanda”Johnny Depp – “Finding Neverland”Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Aviator”Clint Eastwood – “Million Dollar Baby”Jamie Foxx – “Ray”Supporting actorAlan Alda – “The Aviator”Thomas Haden Church – “Sideways”Jamie Foxx – “Collateral”Morgan Freeman – “Million Dollar Baby”Clive Owen – “Closer”

Leading actressAnnette Bening – “Being Julia”Catalina Sandino Moreno – “Maria Full of Grace”Imelda Staunton – “Vera Drake”Hilary Swank – “Million Dollar Baby”Kate Winslet – “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”Supporting actressCate Blanchett – “The Aviator”Laura Linney – “Kinsey”Virginia Madsen – “Sideways”Sophie Okonedo – “Hotel Rwanda”Natalie Portman – “Closer”Animated features”The Incredibles””Shark Tale””Shrek 2”

“The Aviator””House of Flying Daggers””The Passion of Christ””The Phantom of the Opera””A Very Long Engagement”Costume design”The Aviator””Finding Neverland””Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events””Ray””Troy”Directing”The Aviator””Million Dollar Baby””Ray””Sideways””Vera Drake”Original Score”Finding Neverland””Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban””Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events””The Passion of Christ””The Village”

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban””I, Robot””Spider-Man 2″Adapted screenplay”Before Sunset””Finding Neverland””Million Dollar Baby””The Motorcycle Diaries””Sideways”Original screenplay”The Aviator””Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind””The Incredibles””Vera Drake”Best picture”The Aviator””Finding Neverland””Million Dollar Baby””Ray””Sideways”- From

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