What to do when you see Russell Crowe, Kate Hudson, or dead people

By EW Staff
Updated March 06, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Russell Crowe: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna

by Adam Bluestein and I.W. Nicholson

It’s midnight on Oscar night and the best documentary award still hasn’t been handed out? Not to worry. EW offers these diversions to liven up your party this year.

AS THE CROWE FLIES Each time Russell Crowe appears, a female guest must break up with her boyfriend / husband. And later regret it.

ON THE ROCKS After each Ping Pong shot of recently estranged couples (Baldwin / Basinger, Quaid / Ryan, Cruise / Kidman), down your choice of icy mixed cocktail.

MEMORIAL MONTAGE MARTINIS During the traditional ”In Memoriam” montage, down a martini every time you see someone you didn’t realize had died.

SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE FEVER Take turns presenting Debbie Allen -ish interpretations of the nominees. Bonus points for use of tap shoes, Riverdancing, or kung fu.

THANKING STEVEN Recalling when Steven Spielberg earned an unprecedented number of onstage acknowledgments in 1999, gulp down a shot whenever Steven Soderbergh is thanked (by Benicio Del Toro, Julia Roberts, etc.). If Soderbergh himself wins, drain the entire bottle.

CAST AWAY SOCIAL CLUB Don’t be alone Oscar night! Fashion friends out of household objects. Name them. Exchange quips. Think of the money you’re saving on chips.

GOLDIE’S LOCK If Kate Hudson wins, how many tears will Hawn shed? Best guess wins a year’s supply of waterproof mascara.

Read All About Oscar 2001 for EW.com’s comprehensive Academy Awards coverage.

Or see photos from the nominated movies at People.com