Unlike in the past when I've been there to cover the event as "media", being there to cover it as a blogger and sitting with people who LOVE movies and are excited to be there was mind boggling fun! I was dreading it like a jaded, obnoxious person. Shame on me. Yes, there were some cray cray people there, just like anywhere else, but mostly there were lovely people, who love movies and are the reason that any of us in this business are employed.
Some of my favorite people were a group of grannies called the Bleacher Creatures. They have been attending the Academy Awards for the past Forty years. FORTY YEARS! There are forty years of these ladies coming together with the same group of people no matter where they live in the country and celebrating movies. They camped out forty years ago and have now been grandfathered into the bleacher audience. They saw every movie nominated this year with their families and girlfriends and probably single handedly contributed to the gross box office. So we're welcome.
I will say that one of my favorite parts of the night was seeing all of the beautiful dresses. I know. What a girl...but its true! You can't help but admire how pretty everyone looks and how excited everyone is in the stands. Unlike when you're covering an event with the media, everyone isn't gossiping about what horrible show someone auditioned for or how they didn't get the part in whatever film. I feel like those of us in the business who see how the sausage actually gets made, like to only talk about those things. No one in the bleachers was talking about what agent is an asshole or what publicist they got into a fight with that week. No one is already predicting how awful the awards show is gonna be or how they can't wait for this to be over so they can get to whatever exclusive party only a select group of people know about. To them, everything was glamorous and fun and I couldn't help but be infected with that excited energy! I forgot about all the fact that the Artist would probably take home every single award of the night and just focused on the excitement, the glamour, the dresses and the movies.
And speaking of dresses, all of these dresses, brought out the SEXY. The boys were looking crazy FINE tonight and I mean 'crazy twilight mom' crazy. Jonah Hill has lost like a gazillion pounds and was looking dapper in his black on black suit. My favorite hottie boys on the carpet included Mario Lopez who was wearing much less make up than Extra usually puts on him, Demian Bichir, who forgot to tell us he was sexy in person, my good friend Mr. Matthew Lillard who indulged the crowd in half a strip tease by taking off his suit jacket in a teasy dance, Jason Segel, who paid special attention to his fans, Tom Cruise who had been looking a little botoxy..and now seems to have let his face settle, and George Clooney who should give lessons on how to be charming to every guy in - the world. Seriously, he should just tape some lessons and it should be required watching for every human with a penis.
My favorite ladies that seriously made me question my preferences included the adorable Emma Stone, the who knew she was so gorgeous, Kristin Wiig, Maria Menonous, Michelle Williams (whose style I usually don't get), Octavia Spencer and Angelina Jolie. Honorable mentions also go to Viola Davis whose boobs may have poked me as she walked by and Sandra Bullock who honestly has no right to look to beautiful anymore. You've won an Oscar, everyone loves you, let someone else have a moment lady. You're perfect.
Everyone has probably already reported on everything that was to say about the red carpet. You can catch a recap of my Live Blog of the Academy Awards for MTV tr3s on Blogamole. You'll read all about Sasha Baron Cohen, Melissa McCarthy, Antonio Banderas, Clooney, Demian Bichir, etc. I also put up several pics on my FB page. Enjoy! Hasta tomorrow!