Hollywood comes to Lismore

Oscar fans Nadine Chandler and Melissa Gulbin setting the scene before their Oscar party tonight.
Oscar fans Nadine Chandler and Melissa Gulbin setting the scene before their Oscar party tonight. Jay Cronan

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MELISSA Gulbin and a handful of her friends will dust off those sparkly tight-fitting frocks hidden in the dark depths of their wardrobes and fish out the rouge lipstick for a night of Oscars indulgence tonight.

After a lengthy break from hosting Academy Awards parties in her former home city of Sydney, Ms Gulbin has opted to revive the custom in her Lismore lounge room.

"I used to watch the Oscars with friends and it just got bigger and bigger and there was trivia and dressing up involved," the mother of two said.

"It is a good excuse to dress up and the only excuse I have to wear a ridiculously fitting ball gown."

And that ball gown, a strapless, black velvet number with feathers, is more than appropriate considering it was picked up in Los Angeles - even if was from an op shop.

Alongside some celebrity trivia and home-made curry puffs - which are "more Bollywood than Hollywood" - it will be time for the main activity - mockery.

"I think it's very funny as they (winners) act a lot like they just cured cancer," she said.

"I am hoping for some tears and I am hoping for Billy Crystal (comedian and host of the Oscars ceremony) to be very politically incorrect.

"It's just for a bit of fun.

"The winners and losers are secondary to the dressing up and having fun.

"I hope there is some bad song and dance numbers with Billy Crystal."

As for the Oscars fashion, its all about the cringe-worthy outfits.

"I get very excited over the bad ones," Ms Gulbin said.

"I congratulate that.

"There needs to be more bad taste."

The biggest challenge posed to the party is the fact the actual Oscars event happens in Hollywood well before it is screened on Australian television.

Ms Gulbin expects social media sites will be flooded with winners and losers, spoiling the surprise for the delayed broadcast audience.

"It is hard to come to the party and not say who has won.

"That is the biggest challenge to not know who won," she said.

Meryl Streep is a hot contender for best actress for her role in the Iron Lady and Brad Pitt and George Clooney will go head to head for Best Actor for their roles in Moneyball and The Descendants, respectively.

Party attendees will donate $10 at Ms Gulbin's soiree tonight with all money going to helping her sister in Melbourne, who fell off her bike recently and sustained a brain injury.

The Oscars Academy Awards will broadcast on digital channel Go! at 7.30pm.

To see live red carpet coverage, visit NZ Herald

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