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.
No matter how self-aware we think we are, we often don’t see things right in front of us. Our flaws. The way we treat others. The piece of spinach stuck between our teeth.
Where would the movies be without this trope – out inability to see what’s right there. How many romantic comedies do we – the audience – see that the protagonists are in love and they are blind to it? Answer: All of them.
My favorite “don’t see it” movie is a class hybrid of action thriller, brilliant director, and the two greatest cheesy lead actors of my lifetime – John Travolta and Nicolas Cage – Face/Off.