Oscar Night America

Save the Date for the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani

This year marks the 100th year of film production in Hawai’i, and the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani will celebrate with its annual event, to be held from October 10-20, 2013. It will feature hundreds of the latest feature length and short films, documentaries, special events, seminars and more.

We’d also like to mention that HIFF will be holding a gala fundraiser for the 2014 Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. Details for this event are still to be determined. It…

Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest

Since the 85th Annual Academy Awards are approaching on Sunday, February 24th, HIFF is holding a contest to pick the winners of the various nominated categories. A $100 HIFF Gift Card will go to the winner of the contest, to be announced on Tuesday, January 26th. This contest is free and open to the public, 18 and older.
Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest
Find out more information about the Oscar Experience: Honolulu gala fundraiser that HIFF is holding on February 24th at the Modern…

Pick the winners of the Academy Awards and win a dinner for two at Halekulani!

The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday. As part of the excitement leading up to HIFF’s Oscar Night America gala on February 26th, we’re holding a “Pick the Winners” contest that’s open to everyone, 18 and older. The prize is a dinner for two at the Halekulani Hotel’s Orchids restaurant (up to a $200 value). Entries for the contest start today and conclude the day before the Academy Awards are hosted.

Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest today!

The Golden Globes are finished, now we’re gearing up for Oscar Night America!

I hope you were watching the Golden Globes this past weekend, since Hawaii walked away with the prize for the Best Motion Picture – Drama category for THE DESCENDANTS, with George Clooney also winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category. We showed many of the top nominated films here at HIFF last fall, and we’re eagerly awaiting the release of the nominations for the Academy Awards, which will happen on January 24th.

Also of note is that THE ARTIST (EuroCinema Hawaii) won the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category, and also Best Original Score and Best Actor for Comedy/Musical by Jean Dujardin. Not many people had heard about this film when it played at HIFF, but with the exposure from the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards we’re sure you’ll get another chance to see it in Hawaii.

Some other HIFF shown nominated films and actors/actresses which have a good shot at an Oscar nomination are: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (Tilda Swinton) and THE KID WITH A BIKE (Belgium), also from our EuroCinema Hawaii selection.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this year’s Oscar Party.

This year’s Oscar Night America party to benefit the Hawaii International Film Festival was a definite success. We had close to 300 people attend at the newly remodeled Royal Hawaiian Hotel. over 100 silent auction items that ranged from an engraved 2009 Oscars bottle of champagne, a briefcase by Louis Vuitton, hotel stays, restaurant and salon gift certificates, prints by Hawai’i artist Peggy Chun, to props from Leatherheads and House.

We were also mentioned by Roger Ebert in his recent…

81st Academy Awards Nominees Announced

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this past Tuesday by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. We have included a list of the nominees below, and you can see who won by attending our Oscar Night America party at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Sunday, February 22.
Performance by an actor in a leading role

Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)

Oscar Night America 2009 Press Release


HONOLULU – The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, known as a luxurious holiday haven for the rich and famous, is rolling out the red carpet for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night. Guests are invited to experience the thrill of the 81st Academy Awards® on Sunday February 22, 2009, at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s (HIFF) very own Oscar Night®…

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