Our good friend, Annie, happens to work for The Academy in their marketing department, and she got us, along with some others from our Bible study, a gig working the red carpet! Basically we will be working all day of the awards. We have to get to the Kodak Theatre at 6AM and help sign in all the fans that will be sitting in the bleachers. From then on, we basically just stand around the bleachers and make sure no one goes where they aren't supposed to be and answer questions like "Where is the bathroom?" Pretty easy huh? During all this we get to watch everybody arrive to the awards and walk the red carpet. Once everyone is inside the theatre we all go across the street and watch the award ceremony in the El Capitan Theatre. So basically we are getting paid to stand and watch a bunch of famous people look pretty and hang out with our friends all day. Oh yeah, and we get three free meals. What!? I would do this for free (but don't tell them that). I remember thinking how depressing it was that the awards are literally taking place down the street and we would be watching them from the same place we did last year: our couch.
Also, The Academy does free screenings for its staff and members of all the nominated movies. Each person is allowed up to three guests, so last weekend we got to see Avatar at The Academy. It was CRAZY walking into a building with so much history. When I was watching the movie I would get butterflies each time I noticed the big Oscar statues flanking each side of the screen. It made me hope that Matt would be a little part of that history one day! We will see.
I thought the editor's letter in the Los Angeles Times Magazine this month describes what LA is like around Oscar time. This event has consumed the city, and I love it! You can read that article here. (I like what she said about Hollywood Blvd. being part of some Angelinos morning commute because while it isn't for us, our grocery store is right next door to the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held. Pretty crazy when you come from Alabama)
P.S. Matt and I are watching all 10 Best Picture nominees. 7 down, 3 to go. Expect a post soon about our thoughts and predictions.
***I am starting to link up google maps to certain locations so you guys can see where they are located in relation to us to give you an idea what surrounds us in the city. Let us know what you think!
The final season of LOST, our favorite TV show, premiered last week, and we had a bunch of friends over for a cookout and watch party. If you don't watch LOST, our level of nerdiness probably will be astonishing. If you do watch LOST, then you understand.
Our friend Jim created his own Dharma Initiative beer. We wore LOST t-shirts. When the episode was over, there's no telling how many hours of discussion we put in. If you don't watch this show, then you're missing out on some great TV.