By: Melissa Toupin
It's one of the biggest Oscar viewing parties in our area. Oscar Experience Providence rolled out the red carpet at the Vets in Providence Sunday night. Guests were greeted by the ‘paparazzi' and even had a chance to have their make-up touched up by the professionals.
"It was fun!" said Katrina Sumilang whose Johnston bakery, Kami Cakes, provided the festive cake for the evening. "It was a little bit overwhelming seeing all these flashes. I was like are they taking pictures of me? Where's it going to go? But I don't know. I like being the center of attention sometimes."
The glamorous party is sponsored by the Rhode Island International Film Festival. ABC6's own Doreen Scanlon and Mark Curtis hosted the event, providing live pre-viewing party coverage for the 85th Academy awards.
"It's not just the red carpet here in Providence we're celebrating tonight. It's Rhode Island being represented on the red carpet in Hollywood," said Curtis.
An amazing six films with roots to Rhode Island were among the Oscar nominees. Three live action short films made their debut at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. They are ‘Asad', ‘Buzkashi Boys' and ‘Henry'. A writer for the animated feature ‘Wreck-It Ralph' is a native Rhode Islander, and star-packed ‘Moonrise Kingdom', which was nominated for original screenplay, was filmed entirely in the Ocean State.
This year none of the films tied to Rhode Island took home the Oscar, but they did help put the state on the map. The RIIFF says the attention will help film momentum keep growing locally.
"This year we're actually about 20% ahead of entries from where we were last year," said George Mitchell the Executive Director of the RIIFF. "And the stuff I've seen so far will knock your socks off."
Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Seth MacFarlane, hosted this years Oscars