It’s that time of year again, when rich Hollywood celebrities celebrate themselves. The designer dresses are hung. The suits are pressed. But are you ready for the Oscars? If not, here’s your chance for a little pre-game. Film writer and critic Noah Gittell, who’s had bylines in the Atlantic, Esquire, and the fine publication you’re currently reading, will lead attendees on a journey through the history of the Academy Awards. The talk will cover the most memorable Oscar ceremonies, like that time Ordinary People K.O.’d Raging Bull, or the infamous 1974 awards show where a hairy streaker scurried across the stage. Gittell will also discuss what this year’s nominations tell us about the modern film industry and offer up a few predictions. Wear your finest red-carpet attire—the best-dressed attendees will be rewarded. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $35–$45. (202) 633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.