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oscars-collage_photoshop_web.jpgIn L.A., there's more to Academy Awards events than black tie soirées hosted by Vanity Fair or Elton John. Oscar-mania can be found in everything from potlucks hosted by comedians to drag parties, film screenings and more. We've rounded up eight fun events that will welcome your non-celebrity self (and not just those people above).

Wednesday, February 26 

Global Green Pre-Oscar Party 
For more than a decade, Global Green has hosted a bash before the Oscars that lets the non-famous rub shoulders with Hollywood's A-List (this year's hosting committee includes Orlando Bloom, Dylan McDermott and others). Though the VIP dinner party is sold out, there are still tickets for the main event, which features Moby and The Crystal Method. Tickets for that start at $125. 
Avalon, 1735 Vine, Hollywood; 9:30 pm (6:30 pm for VIPs). Tickets available HERE.

The Toscars 
Now in its seventh year, The Toscars pit teams against one another in creating 5-minute short films that each parody one of this year's "Best Picture" nominees. Tonight each film will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre and judged by a celebrity panel. This year's event is hosted by Glee's Alex Newell and tickets are $35. For $100, you can get a VIP pass good for the "pre-reception." 
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIPs). Tickets available HERE.

Friday, February 28 - Saturday, March 1

Oscar Nominated Shorts 
Want to check out all the shorts that are nominated for Academy Awards? The Egyptian Theatre has that covered. They'll be screening every live-action short nominee at 7:30pm followed by all of the animated shorts at 9:30. On Saturday, the movie palace will host "The Art of Production Design" panel, a discussion by this year's nominees for art direction and set decoration, followed by two showings of all of the documentary shorts nominees.
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; Showtimes vary. Tickets available HERE.   

Sunday, March 2 

The Doug Benson Movie Awards Party 2014
If you're a member of nonprofit movie theater the Cinefamily, then you have a chance to hit up comedian Doug Benson's Oscar Night bash. The Getting Doug With High comedian's party is a potluck and attendees are encouraged to bring dishes inspired by "Best Picture" nominees. But be forewarned: Benson hosts his Movie Interruption comedy series at the theater, so don't expect to watch the ceremony in quiet.  
The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles; 3 p.m. Members can register for the event HERE, but admission is first come, first served. 

One Dragon, One Party 
Fans of all things Middle Earth should head to the Cat & Fiddle where Tolkien fan site The One Ring is hosting an Oscar-viewing party. In years past, their events have been over-the-top, with feasts to satisfy a Hobbit appetite, celebrity sightings and loads of entertainment. This year's event is smaller in comparison, but should still be a blast for anyone who would trade a pair of Louboutins for a pair of hairy feet. Tickets range from $55 to $60.  
Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; 4 p.m. Tickets available HERE.  

Red Carpets & Cocktails  
"No Tuxes," "Lots of Cocktails" and "Gays Everywhere" are the selling points for Here Lounge's Oscar Party. The West Hollywood nightspot's bash, presented by Tom Whitman, Flip and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, is for the casually-dressed Award Show devotees. And after watching the Oscars, you can stick around for their after party, which features Josh Peace -- the resident DJ at Mustache Mondays -- behind the decks. Tickets start at $30 but cabana rentals are also available for a much steeper price.  
Here Lounge, 696 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; 3:30 p.m. Tickets available HERE.  
 
The Envelope Please 
At West Hollywood mainstay The Abbey, N.C.I.S. star Pauley Perrette is hosting AIDS Project L.A.'s 13th annual Oscar viewing party. And there's no slumming here: this one's a black tie event with a red carpet and a one-hour open bar (plus hosted Belvedere Red cocktails served throughout much of the evening). General admission is $100 and VIP tickets and cabana rentals are also available.  
The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 4 p.m. Tickets available HERE.     

Oscar Sunday Funday 
Is there a better way to start an Oscar party than with brunch? Sassy Inc. is doing that at Eleven Nightclub with a party featuring music, drag and a themed photo booth. And put on your 'Sunday Best' -- at 9 p.m., they'll be giving out the awards for best dressed.  
Eleven Nightclub, 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 2 p.m. RSVP on Facebook 

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