If the Super Bowl can spawn takeoffs like the Puppy Bowl and the Lingerie Bowl, why doesn’t the Oscars have a dedicated parody equivalent? (And no, the Razzies, with their flip-side “honorifics,” doesn’t really count.) Well, they do, actually — in the form of the Toscars, an annual event/contest in which short films spoofing some of the year’s most critically lauded motion pictures are showcased. Sponsored by Brits in LA — one of the largest British ex-pats groups in the world, with close to 5,000 members living and working in the City of Angels — the Toscars consists of entries which must be produced in only three weeks, starting the day the Academy Award nominations are announced. It then has a black-tie awards ceremony, which this year will be held February 19 at the Egyptian Theatre, where judges Eric Roberts, Janina Gavankar and Rex Lee will bestow tongue-in-cheek prizes, including “Best Whactor,” “Best Whactress” and more.
And this year, even as Academy Award nominees complete their spray tans… err, final laps of preparation before the February 24 event, the Toscars will have at least one person with an immediate connection to both ceremonies. Actress Tehmina Sunny (above), who had a small role in Best Picture Oscar nominee Argo, is headlining its parody, Stargo. For a chat with her, head on over to ShockYa by clicking here.