By Martha B

For the IN Thursday Evening Film Group, the month in which Oscars are awarded is one of our favorite times of the year! Usually held in February, this year we have had to wait “on pins and needles” until April to enjoy one of our favorite group traditions.

For quite some time, our film group has been meeting by Zoom, using the “Screen Sharing” option to watch together some of the movies that we expected would be nominated. Anticipation has been rising as we have sometimes felt like children at holiday time whose parents make them wait to open their presents! Now, with the Oscar choices announced and only a few weeks until the Big Event, the countdown begins!

Academy Awards will take place this year on Sunday, April 25. Soon each of our group members will receive a ballot containing all 20 Oscar categories (Best Actress, Best Picture, etc.) in spreadsheet form. She will mark her ballot with her name and return it the end of week before the Oscar event. The women who give the most correct choices over all categories win a prize.

Aren’t you jealous and wouldn’t you like to join us in this event? We are planning to have a separate category in our contest for 20 International Neighbors members who are not in our group but who would compete against each other.

Are you interested? If so, this is what would you have to do:

  1. Be one of the first 20 women to request a ballot by sending an email to with the subject line “Send Me an Oscar Ballot”
  2. Follow the instructions and return the ballot no later than April 23.
  3. Should you win a prize awarded by International Neighbors, you only need  to accept the honor graciously and shed a few tears of gratitude.  No gowns and no speeches necessary.

What is the prize? Three women will each receive a copy of the book “Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drinks Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love”. Here is the description of the book from the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) website: “Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus spotlights thirty crowd-pleasing films from the 1930s through the ’80s, paired with signatures drinks and dishes that appear in, or are inspired by, each film’s setting and stars. Filled with entertaining tips and background on each film, dish, and cocktail, the book offers a unique culinary tour of movie history, including menus inspired by The Thin Man, The Philadelphia Story, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, American Graffiti, Moonstruck, and many more.”

The real prize will be how much more you will enjoy watching the Oscars virtually with your IN family!