My Oscars Red Carpet Bleacher Experience

Misadventures-with-Andi-Road-Trip-ReportThanks to everyone who followed me for my Oscars coverage. It was a long week with long days, but ultimately it was a lot of fun. Like my GRAMMYs experiences, I learned quite a lot about what goes into the show.

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I had credentials that allowed me access to the red carpet area all week, but come Saturday night at 8, I was the same as any other fan wanting to see more. Sunday morning I woke with a feeling of excitement. I had seen the preparations all week inside and outside the theatre and I was ready for the big show!

We were lucky enough to have a later call time which meant two things: (a) I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make a 6:00 a.m. call and (b) we were going to have decent seats. We had better than decent! Once we checked in and were escorted to the bleacher experience area, we picked up our new credentials for the day. After that we were show our seats.

There are basically five sections of the bleachers. A small set at the end (nearest the theatre entrance, a larger grand stand area, and then two more smaller sections. My group and I were in the second-to-last smaller set not too far from where the stars first entered. Our area was less crowded and had a good angle as we were directly across from ET, E!, CNN and other major outlets.

This was the grand stand area:

Red carpet grandstand

And this was our area. There are a few bodies missing, but we had a lot of room to maneuver our cameras and phones. We had a group of Dolby staff and influencers that Dolby invited. Can you tell we are all technophiles??! Also, we were catching up on the free People magazines that handed out!

Red Carpet Bleachers

Of course on the other side they had Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez to keep them company!

Rico Rodriguez in the red carpet bleachers

The appearance of cancer-survivor and ex-Good Morning America staff member, Robin Roberts elicited loud applause.

Robin Roberts

After watching the media make their final preparations and photos of their own gowns, the red carpet was ready for arrivals.

Charlize Theron, stunning in white, waving to the fans as they shouted her name.

Charlize Theron on the red carpet
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Bridesmaid’s Melissa McCarthy. The people behind us were from Chicago so she gave them a Chicago thumbs-up right after this shot.

Melissa McCarthy on the red carpet
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

This was MY view some of the time (being under 5 feet tall definitely has its disadvantages).

Andi's Eye View

So I had lots of photos like this:

Kristen Chenoweth

But luckily, as is noted in a lot of these photos, my trusty community manager, Thom Brekke (who is 6’2″!) was able to capture them for me. (I was also doing a lot of Instagramming with my iPhone which made it difficult to use my camera).

Here is Kristen Chenoweth captured, but going the wrong direction!

Kristen Chenoweth

Les Miserables Amanda Seyfried with Dustin Hoffman and (Best Actress winner) Jennifer Lawrence being interviewed by Nancy O’Dell in the back.

Amanda Seyfried on the red carpet
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway thanks the fans and Jennifer Hudson looks on.

Anne Hathaway on the red carpet
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Jennifer Hudson waves as Joseph Gordon-Levitt walks by (Jennifer Lawrence is just above him as well).

Jennifer Hudson waves
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

But then Joseph stops to speak with Jennifer, what do you think they spoke about?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks with Jennifer Hudson
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Adele with a big smile for the fans, she is so beautiful!

Adele with a big smile
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Best Actor nominee, Bradley Cooper also waves.

Bradley Cooper
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

And we got a thumbs up from Hugh Jackman.

Hugh Jackman
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Chris Pine making his way through the crowd.

Chris Pine
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Channing Tatum doing the same although I can’t quite look at him in the same light since Magic Mike.

Channing Tatum

Mr. Robert DeNiro.

Robert DeNiro
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones

America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon.

Reese Witherspoon

My favorite moment of the evening. Best Actor winner Daniel Day Lewis completely skipped the media and decided to walk along the “fan-side” of the red carpet.

Daniel Day Lewis
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

And he offered big smiles and thank-you’s.

Daniel Day Lewis
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

I missed seeing his wife, Alexandra Lamy, but saw Jean Dujardin (last year’s Best Actor).

Jean Dujardin
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Ben Affleck trying to catch up with his wife.

Ben Affleck
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Jane Fonda REALLY stood out in this dress!

Jane Fonda

Look at the arms on Sandra Bullock!

Sandra Bullock
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Kristen Stewart enters on crutches…

Kristen Stewart
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Best Original Screenplay winner, Quentin Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Chris Tucker always has a good time!

Chris Tucker
Photo credit: Thom Brekke

Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence

Gabriel Gael Garcia (on the left) gives my boss a big smile after she yells, “Viva El Mexico!”

Gabriel Gael Garcia

The last hour of the red carpet was a complete frenzy and such an adrenalin rush, at the end of it all I was completely exhausted and completely elated!

Andi's in the red carpet bleachers

Shortly after we were escorted inside the El Capitan theatre where we were treated to dinner, popcorn and drinks as we watched the Broadcast live on the big screen.

It was an amazing day, albeit long, and the entire week is one that I will never forget.

How about you? Did you watch the red carpet pre-show? Did you watch the Oscars? Likes? Dislikes?

36 Comments

  1. Maddie K
    February 28, 2013

    I did not watch the Oscars. Not a fan and I don’t get all gushy if I run into an actor (famous) either. See them all the time in NYC and I lived in a town that was frequently used for filming movies, commercials and such. Glad you had a good time. Was this your first time at the Oscars?

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    1. Andi
      February 28, 2013

      @MD, yes it was.

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  2. Roxy
    February 28, 2013

    Wow! Lucky you getting this close to such famous super stars! I watched bits of it on breakfast television the next morning and even though I like to think I’d be super cool if I met a celebrity in reality I’d be totally star struck! Great article x

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  3. Paula V
    February 28, 2013

    Love all the photos…the never before seen (by me) behind the scenes shots!

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  4. Mel Caluag
    February 28, 2013

    You did a great job on this Oscar coverage. I think you beat out all the major coverage for this event and your pictures are just amazing! I can’t wait for your next event!

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    1. Andi
      February 28, 2013

      @Mel, wow what a compliment – thanks!

      Reply
  5. Dandi D
    February 28, 2013

    Great pictures! It sure looks like you had a fun time!

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  6. Chrystal D
    February 28, 2013

    Now THAT is a party! Seems like everyone had a good time!

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  7. Ari
    February 28, 2013

    What a cool view point! Although I probably would feel second-hand claustrophobia just sitting there! You’re photos are great though! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Mitzi Fisher
    February 28, 2013

    I would love to have this wonderful experience atleast one time. πŸ™‚ I know you had a blast and will always remember it!

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  9. Donna George
    February 28, 2013

    Oh MY GOODNESS! I am so green with envy. It looks amazing!

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Donna, thanks it was an amazing experience!

      Reply
  10. Magdalena Rangel-Berrum
    February 28, 2013

    I did not watch the Oscars presentation but just by looking at these pics, you did an excellent job.

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  11. Linda
    February 28, 2013

    That was fun to see. Wish I could have been there-I’m such a movie junkie. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Linda, my pleasure it was so much fun!

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  12. MD Kennedy
    March 1, 2013

    What an awesome “wrap” (ha! ha!) to an amazing week for you. How can you ever top it?

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @MD, at this point I am not really sure!

      Reply
  13. How cool!! It would be so surreal to see all of those movie stars in one place like that.

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Katie, it was. When I was processing the photos sometimes I had 5 or 6 celebs in one shot and it was hard to choose who to focus on!

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  14. Sam Dock
    March 1, 2013

    That looks like it would have been a really fun experience. I feel you on being short and having crappy pics of pther peoples cameras πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Sam, but we can get into and out of tight spaces πŸ˜‰

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  15. Maria Iemma
    March 1, 2013

    How much fun – I wish I could experience a red carpet from bleechers.

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Maria, anyone can you just have to submit your name to this website to be in the lottery: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/bleachers/index.html

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  16. Caitlan Meador
    March 1, 2013

    That is so cool! You got some really great pictures and what sounds like one unforgettable life experience! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      March 1, 2013

      @Caitlan, thanks it was fun!

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  17. ANN*H
    March 3, 2013

    I like watching the Oscars . I enjoy seeing what the ladies decide to wear for this event. I think watching these you also get to see them more how they normally would be . Lucky you that you got to be there. Free People magazine too – wow

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    1. Andi
      March 4, 2013

      @Ann, it was very interesting, but on the otherhand, it is a show about acting and not fashion πŸ™‚

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  18. Nichol Tone
    June 19, 2013

    This sounds exciting would of love to have attended

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  19. Tiffany
    July 18, 2013

    Wow! That looks like it was a lot of fun. The pictures are great, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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  20. Angel Heaven Lee
    August 5, 2013

    You’re so lucky! I’d love to have experiences like you one day! πŸ™‚

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  21. Laura Lanza
    November 25, 2013

    What an exciting trip! So jealous!

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  22. Brian
    December 6, 2013

    Looked like fun! I like Chris Tucker.

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  23. jOANNE L.
    February 23, 2014

    Hello, I am so sorry this is such an extremely late reply to your 2013 Oscar posting. I have 2 questions… Do the celebs sign (posters, pics, etc.) for the people at the Oscar bleachers? Also, for those who couldn’t get tickets to sit at the bleachers, is it worth it just to show up and see if we can get lucky in meeting a celeb by standing near the bleachers? I’ve never attended, and have always wanted to. I’m such a fangirl! πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 23, 2014

      @Joanne, no problem, happy to answer your questions! If you are not sitting in the bleachers you will not be able to get anywhere near any celebrity and even sitting in the bleachers, only a few of the celebrities stop to talk to fans. The area is fenced off and you need a special badge to get in. If the poster is small you could bring, but anything large would be restricted. To get into the red carpet area there used to be a raffle every year, but this year they changed how they do it.

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  24. Selina
    October 17, 2014

    OMG! so envious. How exactly do you get bleachers seats? I’m from Australia and I’m going to be in LA at that time and I’d love to go.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 18, 2014

      @Selina, there is an online application that you can access to if you register here: http://www1.oscars.org/insider/ also you can try to be an extra, here is a great blog post about that: http://www.chicagonow.com/the-blue-streak/2013/02/how-to-go-to-the-academy-awards-without-making-a-movie/

      Reply

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