"You could have oysters, roast beef, turkey, venison, biscuits. In fact, that's the kind of food they had at [Lincoln's] second inaugural ball," she says.

Or, she suggests, hosts could take their cue from "Life of Pi," the story of a boy stranded on a boat with a wild tiger as his companion, and have an all-seafood menu, "maybe with a big tiger as the centerpiece of your menu."

A "Silver Linings Playbook" theme might involve stadium food and having "everybody come in their Ravens T-shirts." Or maybe, in honor of "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," hosts will go Middle Eastern, serving hummus, tabbouleh and baba ghanouj. The New Orleans-set "Beasts of the Southern Wild," she suggests, could be evoked with "gumbo, okra, anything Cajun."

Webber, meanwhile, secure in the knowledge that his Oscar — which, he emphasizes, is not actually his, but the movie's — will make his party distinctive enough, isn't worrying too much about the food.

"This'll be a place to come together and have fun," he says, "just go around and eat all-you-can-eat food and drink all-you-can-drink alcohol." The evening, he promises, will be like "a very relaxed cocktail party."

A little like what will be happening on Hollywood Boulevard a couple of thousand miles away.

"Not everybody will have the opportunity to go to the Oscars," Webber notes, "but it doesn't hurt to feel like you're at the Oscars."

Baltimore Sun reporter Colleen Jaskot contributed to this article.


If you go

The Oscars Baltimore celebration featuring Errol Webber: 7 p.m. at The Crescent, 951 Fell St., Fells Point. Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door). meetup.com/charm-city-dslr-filmmakers.

Annapolis Film Festival party: 7 p.m. to midnight at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. Tickets are $125. annapolisfilmfestival.net.

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