Monday, March 15, 2010

Academy Awards Part II: Celebrities, Beautiful People, and Donuts

When we first arrived in the bleacher area they were handing out small boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts which was exciting because, holy crap FREE DONUTS. But here's the surprising, weird, unnatural thing: I didn't even eat mine. In fact, I have no idea what happened to them because somewhere in the excitement of being at the freaking Academy Awards and trying to juggle my iPhone, my video camera and my digital camera I lost a box of donuts. As I'm sitting here typing this I'm actually really, really missing those donuts.

But who can cry over sugary blobs of dough when there's George Clooney within zoom lens distance?

George is officially my new favorite celebrity. He was the only one who broke from the press line and came all the way over to the bleachers to say hello. In fact, message to Bradley Cooper, who I didn't see on the Red Carpet and certainly didn't come over to greet the fans -- YOU HAVE BEEN REPLACED.

Here's Matt Damon. Unfortunately when I saw him through my zoom lens I shouted out, "It's Leonardo DiCaprio!" I may not be invited back next year.

Here's Meryl Streep looking fantastic as always. I think I saw the most camera flashes going off when she stepped onto the Red Carpet. Meryl looks so happy and relaxed, because I don't think she was concerned with winning the Oscar since she's won around fifty times before. Also, directly behind her is George Clooney, and who wouldn't be happy with George Clooney behind them? That didn't come out right.

That's Ryan Reynolds. Otherwise known as My Niece's Future Husband.

Mo'nique was workin' the camera. Sorry to disappoint, but I wasn't able to zoom in on her hairy legs. Besides, I hear she shaved them. For some reason that makes me sad.

This is a bad shot of James Cameron and his wife Suzi Amis. Somebody should give her some of those donuts.

Call me old school but I was pretty excited to see Quincy Jones.

Here's E!s Giuliana Rancic. I was supposed to interview her a couple of weeks ago at an Oscar suite event at a hotel in Hollywood, but when I got there they said she had gotten sick and canceled. But hey, I got a free manicure and got to sit around drinking scotch with some famous people I didn't recognize so I forgave Giuliana pretty quickly.

At the end of the Red Carpet arrivals we all were escorted across the street to the El Capitan theater where we watched the awards on the big screen while we ate dinner. Rigel was able to meet me there for this event, although we were in a mild state of panic when we discovered they weren't serving any drinks. Not to sound desperate or anything, but after a long day I was looking to unwind with a nice glass of wine. But luckily they had an all-you-can eat dinner buffet which made me pretty ecstatic.

This photo of Mo'nique accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar was taken while I was balancing a plate of mini quiche, some eggrols, a Caesar salad and a tub of popcorn on my lap. I agree -- I deserve an award for that.

After the awards were over we headed over to the Roosevelt Hotel for a drink, and this Cosmo gets the award for Best Beverage In a Supporting Role:

But one of the best parts of the day came as Rigel and I were sitting and having a drink. In walked one of our best friends and his daughter -- he's a member of the Academy and had attended the awards. We sat and shared a plate of fries, a couple of rounds of drinks and some Academy Awards day stories before heading home. What a great day! Now, if only I could get someone to send me those donuts...

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You can see more photos here.

Other Oscar Posts:

Academy Awards, Part I: Get Ready, Get Set, Go

Quick, lend me a gown -- I'm going to the Academy Awards

I'd Like to Thank The Academy...But I'd Also Like To Thank These People

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  1. Let's drive to Krispy Kreme together and fix that donut craving together.

  2. I'm with you on the Krispy Kreme frustration, but since you've got a cool as hell job where you get to take your own photos of George
    Clooney, I'm sure you'll get over the donut thing. Would love to see more celebrity pics if you can post them.

  3. OK, so I went back and realized you had already posted more photos...silly me. Thanks!

  4. In your defense, Damon DOES look a little like Leo in this photo. And a Cosmo trumps Krispy Kreme any day of the week and twice on Oscar Sunday.

  5. I am so envious and impressed that you got to go to this. I would have been totally star struck.


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