This year I was on the viewing committee for the animated and live action shorts submitted to the Academy. I saw over two hundred short films, plus every film that had nominations in any category. After all that, I decided I owed it to myself to finally attend the Academy Award ceremonies. I invited my friend Neal, whom I've known since the eighth grade. It was around that time that I began faithfully watching the Oscars on television. It was a surreal experience from start to finish -- especially the latter!
Each level of the Dolby Theater has a spacious lobby (with an open bar). Every commercial break, lots of people dashed out here to meet with friends and have another drink. The breaks were quite brief and no one was allowed to return until the next one.
There was a divided red carpet with celebrities greeting the press on the left.
Looking back towards the entry point onto the red carpet. The celebrities are gathered on the right to speak to the multitudes of press.
Most everyone paused for a picture at some point. Here's mine.
The view from our seats. I was impressed how quickly the sets were changed (and they were beautiful in person). Everything seemed to be flawlessly organized. Until the very end!