Lord of the Rings Fans Hold Their Own Oscar Party, With Elves, Hobbits and Middle Earth Drinking Songs
If you're going to go to an Oscar party, make sure it's one involving J.R.R. Tolkien fans. On Sunday afternoon, the One Expected Party took over American Legion Post 43 for a Hobbit-centric event that lasted late into the night. We were only a couple blocks away from the Dolby Theater, but the vibe here couldn't have been more different. Amongst the usual men in tuxes and women in evening gowns, there were hobbits and elves and an assortment of other characters you thought you could only find in Middle Earth.
Liz Ohanesian Chris Carwithen and Matt Musgrove brought Tolkien-style songs to the stage and the live stream of the One Expected Party
The One Expected Party is put together by Lord of the Rings fan site, TheOneRing.net, aka TORn. They throw Oscar parties any year that one of the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies has been in the running. Their first event took place at Hollywood Athletic Club when The Fellowship of the Ring was nominated. About 400 people attended the event, including director Peter Jackson. In 2004, the year that The Return of the King picked up a whopping eleven Oscars, the LOTR team headed down to TORn's party.
"We didn't go to Vanity Fair or any of the other things," recalls Billy Boyd, who played the hobbit Pippin in the LOTR trilogy. "We meant to come here to say hello. We ended up spending the whole night."
Liz Ohanesian Beecake before their performance at the One Expected Party.
This year, Boyd was here with his band, Beecake, ready to play to a roomful of LOTR fans sometime after the Academy Awards telecast.
It cost fans $250 per ticket to get inside the event, and it took about $250,000 to make the party happen. According to Chris Pirrotta, one of the owners of the One Ring, the group probably picked up some debt. He didn't seem fazed by that, though. "We'll pay it off by next year and we'll have another party," he says.