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My Oscars Red Carpet Bleacher Experience

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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.

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?

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