East Texans Watch The Oscars

The red carpet wasn't just in Hollywood Sunday night. At Rick's On The Square in Tyler, Oscar watchers smiled for the cameras at an annual Oscar party hosted by Roy Nell and his friend Demi Swann. Nell says the party started small and grows every year.

Guests, like Roger Shipley say that's because it's a chance to be a small part of Tinseltown.  "It's a chance to dress up and make-believe, and I don't know, be a part of Hollywood. We all watch TV and movies, and it's big hoopla, and the women love it," said Shipley.

The party's hosts are hoping one year, the event will grow into a charity function.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.  lwilcox@kltv.com