Morro Bay Oscar party raises $600 for MBHS Drama Dept.

 Movie fans gathered Feb. 9 for a viewing party for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards and raised money to support Morro Bay High School’s Performing Arts Department.

Hosted by Sabin Gray, owner of the Hooray for Hollywood movie collectibles and memorabilia shop in Dutchman’s Landing, the fundraiser was held at the Savory Palette (formerly Morro Bay Wine Sellers) located in Marina Square.

Attendees dressed in formal wear and walked a red carpet posing for photos like the real stars in Hollywood. Students from Morro Bay High — Brayden Appell, Lina Guardado, Cooper Irving and Katherine Konjoyan — played music during commercial breaks and pulled raffle tickets for an array of prizes donated by local businesses.

Donors were AZHIAZIAM, Bay Cruisers, the Bay Theater, By the Bay Gallery, California Images, Carousel Taffy, the Coffee Pot, Goin’ Coastal, Wavelengths, FitnessWorks, Flavor Factory, Fiona Blue Gallery, Dolphin Shirt Co., the Hofbrau, Grant Everett, J.P. Maddex, Junque Love, Los Osos Fitness, Lost Isle Adventures, Morro Bay Hat Co., Paula Radke Glass, Poppies, Rio Beauty Salon, Rowe Clayworks, Seven Sisters Gallery, Rock Kayak Co., Smoobage, Suite 1 Gallery, Sun & Buns Bakery, The Hungry Fisherman, Indie Collective, Thai Bounty, The Shirt Shop, Threads, and Hooray for Hollywood.After expenses, Gray said they raised over $600, which drama teacher Ashley Davis was on hand to accept and to thank everyone. The students will be staging the musical, “Freaky Friday” in April.

Attendees clapped and celebrated for the winners, especially when Renée Zellweger was honored as Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of the late-Judy Garland in the film “Judy.”

The attendees applauded Brad Pitt winning for Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” and Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress for “Marriage Story.”

And Elton John’s win for Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the John bio-pic, “Rocketman” also drew applause.

And attendees were as surprised as the rest of the world when the South Korean film, “Parasite,” won Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay in what had to be one of the biggest Oscars upsets ever.

And in the big contest of the night, an Oscars ballot, Rachel Konjoyan and Shary Goulart tied and ended up splitting the grand prize. Gray, who is a huge Hollywood movie fan and memorabilia collector, was very happy with the end results and plans to hold an Oscars Viewing Party again next year.