So I saw a lot of celebrities on the Red Carpet from the bleachers. It wasn’t always easy. Some were in a big ole hurry. And the carpet was jammed with people, so it easy to miss someone – especially a man in a regular tux. So when Aaron Tveit walked by on the carpet, I’m sad I missed him, but I can see how he was overlooked by everyone. (Just as his amazing performance in Les Misérables wasn’t given its due)
Of the 25 nominees for director and acting, we saw 21 of them. The only ones we never saw apparently did not walk the carpet: Denzel Washington, Emmanuelle Riva (no surprise), Michael Haneke, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. There is a side door off of Hollywood Blvd. for people to come and go without touching the press or the crowds.
At one point Chris Pine zipped by. A moment later Chris Evans followed. That was much too brief a moment.
There were a few celebrities spotted on the carpet that weren’t in any obvious way connected to the awards or past winners such as Sean Hayes and Ed O’Neill. We hoped for previously unannounced mega stars like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise, but no such surprises.
Of course, not everyone walks the carpet. And some people shouldn’t. Kristen Stewart – whose dress and hair and attitude looked awful even from the bleachers – was on crutches and struggling. She should have skipped the carpet.
Others we wished had walked the carpet: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand (no surprise), John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, and, for me especially, Joseph Gordon Levitt.
You have the happy, friendly celebrities like Melissa McCarty or Queen Latifah, or Hugh Jackman. You have the grumpy celebrities. Tommy Lee Jones and Robert De Niro both looked like they were in pain. Joaquin Phoenix was racing down the carpet until my group shouted his name and he actually turned, smiled, and waved.
Most of the celebrities looked amazing – even from our distance. Some did look different from the stands vs. seeing them on TV. I didn’t like Halle Berry or Selma Hayek from the bleachers. Jennifer Garner looked amazing from the front and not so great with the ruffles from behind. That was confirmed by later pictures. Anne Hathaway’s dress looked ill-fitting from the bleachers and that’s without seeing her nipple issue. Amanda Seyfried looked great from the bleachers, but I couldn’t see her eye make-up that far away.
There was a great deal of celeb worship from the stands. I feared for Channing Tatum’s life from the girl next to me. I understand people getting in a tizzy over an A-lister, but some of the reactions to the celeb reporters like Lara Spencer and Mario Lopez, no matter how good looking they area, was a bit much.
While I was pretty far away being in the back row at least I could stand up. I was focused on the stage in front of me where Chris Connelly interviewed people. I had no idea that to the left of my view stood Kristin Chenoweth anchoring the ABC coverage. There were just too many people on the carpet to see. You can imagine where she is based on the lights on the left side of the picture at the top of this post. If you click on the pic at the top of this page you’ll see some of the organized chaos. That’s Sally Field in the red dress.
It turns out that in every single shot of Kristin on ABC broadcast, you can clearly spot me and David in the back row. It’s helped by David’s red jacket and my orange sweatshirt. We had no idea we were that visible, but a few people told us later and my mom took a few screen shots. If you have the ABC coverage still on your TiVo, go back and check it out. Now that you know, you can’t miss it.
When a Celebrity raced past us, we missed the photo opportunity and that was that. Most of my nearly 250 pictures didn’t come out so well. But one A-Lister was brought by so quickly, I never even see the person at all. So I moved to the top of the stairs behind the bleachers and just caught that celebrity entering the Dolby Theater. Can you figure out who it is in the picture below? (click on the link to enlarge this or any photo). Post you answer in the comments.
I don’t know what any of these people look like in real life, but in fancy clothing, makeup, hair, and so on – they look really good.
Congratulations to Valerie Cohen who was the first person to correctly post on yesterday’s blog that she saw Helen Hunt, Jennifer Hudson, and Jacki Weaver in the mystery photo. She’ll get special prizes sent to her soon!
Below are a few more photos the mostly came out. If you ever go, bring a camera with a real telephoto lens. I used my iPhone 5 Camera and i thin the quality is impressive.
Pictured: Ben Affleck, Benh Zeitlin, Bryan Cranston, Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel (interviewing stars), Salma Hayek, Queen Latifah, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler, Eddie Redmayne, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Osbourne, Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Jeremy Renner, Hugh Jackman, and Mads Mikkelsen (whom you know from Casino Royale and the upcoming TV series Hannibal, but was there for A Royal Affair).