Already popular with residents, the Shack offered its crowded tables, chairs and Facebook page to help the Westport Cinema Initiative with their 1st Annual N’Oscars (Not Oscars) party.
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, even dressed up for the occasion and pulled out a tuxedo to join in the festivities. “We are trying to, at least in a smaller way, emulate the West Coast celebrations.”
The party was more about raising awareness about the lack of movie theaters in Westport and to celebrate the history of movies in Westport. WeBe108 Radio Host Storm N Norman and syndicated movie critic Susan Granger were on site throwing out Westport movie trivia and handing out prizes. “We’re going to see what people know,” Norman said.
Westport residents seemed to know their stuff. Longtime Representative Town Meeting member Stephen Rubin knew an answer and walked away with an Initiative water bottle and the promise of another prize. “I think that it’s wonderful,” he said when asked about the N’Oscars.
“I think it’s a great cause. When I lived in Westport we had five theaters and now there’s none,” said Newtown resident Bob Glaser, who moved from Westport in 1989. “The Oscars party was a great excuse to come to the Shake Shack”
Glaser came with his daughter Alexa, 9, after seeing the event posted on the Facebook page.
In fact, the restaurant created a brand new shake just for the event, Red Velvet Carpet Concrete, only available in Westport and only for N’Oscars day, said General Manager Dave Yearwood, adding the drink might come back as a special.
When asked the big question, "What film will win best picture," the overwhelming response was “The Artist”.
“It just takes so much guts to take a black-and-white, silent film and put it in front of today’s audiences," Rubin said.
Steinberg said he was rooting for “Hugo,” the second most popular Shake Shack pick for best picture. “Scorsese is the best.”
Westport resident Jim Iseman said "The Artist" would win, but if it were a fair world, "Moneyball" would win.