Close-up of the Oscar statuette

TFA’s Night at the Oscars: More Than Just a Viewing Party


Get ready to roll out the red carpet!

The television and fine arts (TFA) program will bring Hollywood to Buffalo State College with the 13th annual Night at the Oscars celebration on Sunday, February 9, at 8:00 p.m.

The event, which will be held in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall, will bring students and the community together to tune in to the 92nd annual Academy Awards. Refreshments, live music, and a photo area will also be included. Inspired by the turn of the new decade and one of the most glamorous eras in film and fashion, this year’s theme will be loosely based on the Roaring ’20s.

This year's event was produced by the TV and Film Criticism class (TFA 301), with students Zoe Crapsi and Taj White serving as co-chairs under the guidance of TFA associate professor Jeffrey Hirschberg.

Unique within the SUNY system, Buffalo State’s B.A. degree in television and film arts combines coursework from the Communication, English, and Theater departments as well as several TFA courses designed specifically for the major. The program’s interdisciplinary nature ensures that students receive a broad-based curriculum, preparing them for a variety of careers in television, film, and digital media, including screenwriters, producers, directors, agents, managers, and network and studio executives. The program stresses hands-on training through internships and professional networking.

TFA director Aaron Daniel Annas said the Oscars Night event will also serve as an opportunity for students to be recognized for their talents.

“Not only do we enjoy the event as a community, but we also celebrate our talented television and film arts students with our own version of the Oscars called the Pioneer Awards,” he said.

During commercial breaks, Pioneer Awards for best director, cinematographer, editor, screenplay, picture, actress, and actor will be given to students, and each recipient will have an opportunity to give an acceptance speech. A live band will also play during breaks to keep guests entertained.

Attendees will also have a chance to be among the night’s winners, as a best-dressed award will be handed out to whoever best represents the ceremony’s formal to semi-formal dress code.

The 13th annual Night at the Oscars will be open to the public, and admission will be free for all guests this year.