In the 2007 Academy Awards competition, "two awards were given for best director" said Scott Bryce. "Who were they and for what film?"

Any film buff who knew the answer is the Coen brothers for "No Country for Old Men" should have been at Oscar's Deli for the fourth annual n'Oscars party Sunday, sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative.

The afternoon gathering -- a prelude to Hollywood's big event later that night -- to promote general interest in movies, part of its mission to build a downtown movie theater not far from the deli on Main Street site. The party was hosted by Bryce, a local actor, producer and writer, and Susan Granger, the film critic for the Westport News and other media outlets.

Both hosts have Hollywood heritage in the background, and they shared a range of movieland trivia and fascinating stories about films. Prizes, donated by local merchants and community groups, were awarded in a range of movie-related trivia categories.

"There's a lot of politics involved," Granger said of the sometimes-baffling picks for the award winners in the actual Oscar competition. "That's why Scott's talking about who will win and who should win."

Along with enjoying free popcorn and the deli's menu, the full-house crowd was entertained with a series of interesting and off-beat anecdotes, such as one about the studio executives's wife who thought "The Silence of the Lambs" was an animal movie, or the good words Bryce had to share about this year's Best Actress nominee Julianne Moore, with whom he worked on the television soap opera, "As the World Turns."

"I like the idea of having a theater across the street," Oscar's owner Lee Papageorge said about the possibility of opening a movie house downtown. "It'll attract people and it'll entertain people. It'll be good."

For more about the Westport Cinema Initiative, visit www.westportcinema.org.