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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Oscars 2013

The Academy Awards Oscars 2013

Tim and I travelled this past weekend to attend The 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood. It was really fun to rub shoulders with Hollywood royalty, and to watch Seth MacFarlane rock the mic at the ceremony. It was a sleep deprived whirlwind, and it was a blast!

The first thing we did when we got into town was walk from our hotel (Highland Gardens on Franklin. Stay there if you go!) down to the Red Carpet at Hollywood and Highland. There, we watched as the glitterati arrived at the show. My favorite part of the afternoon was seeing a real “Russian guy in track suit.” I always thought that was just a silly stereotype that all Russian guys wore track suits, but it’s true! I laughed all the way to the bank, then we went to the cafĂ© next to the bank, where I laughed some more.

We were not able to get into the Oscar awards ceremony, unfortunately. The tickets are given by invitation only, and even though we had traveled so far to attend, we were still denied entry. Oh well, we got to watch it from only a few dozen yards away! And to think, I was only a short chaotic sprint through security guards away from Charlize Theron’s boobs!

Seth MacFarlane was so funny, and so charismatic. Surprisingly, some people did not appreciate Seth’s jokes, but I’m here to say, he killed it! I’m still laughing at his joke about Daniel Day Lewis “becoming” Lincoln during the whole shoot. “Did you go around the lot trying to free Don Cheadle whenever you saw him?” Lol slavery ha ha!

My favorite part of the Oscars was when Jennifer Lawrence fell down on her way up to accept her Oscar for Best Actress. She looked just like Cinderella after the ball! Before you get all up in my business about it, I must tell you that I am not laughing that she fell. It was my favorite part because she was so adorable afterward. The audience gave her a standing ovation, and she thought they were standing only because she fell, and not because she is such an incredible actress.

Oh, did you know that they didn’t want to call it the Academy Awards this year? The producers billed it only as The Oscars this time. And here I kept tweeting with #academyawards like a fool, when I should have been tweeting with #oscars all this time! (@xjordanaire and @timdrake by the way)

The most amazing part of the show was how eerily close Tim’s picks were to the actual awards. He picked Argo for Best Picture, DDL for Best Actor, and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress too. He only missed 4 the whole night, which is really impressive when you consider all of the technical awards! He entered a contest with his ballot filled, and we are still waiting to see if he wins.

After The Oscars concluded, we had to go right to sleep. We only had a couple of hours to grab some shut-eye because at 1:30am, we had to be at the Hollywood Bowl to get in line for Live with Kelly and Michael. It was late, and there were about a jillion people, but we survived. The hardest part of the whole experience was the wait. We waited in line for 90 minutes, and then we were moved onto a bus, where we waited for another 2 hours. Finally, we got into the Dolby Theatre! We then waited in line again for another 2 hours. This wait had better be worth it!

The wait inside the Dolby Theatre wasn't all that bad though. There was this blonde chick standing in front of us, and though I never really got the nerve to talk to her, I did tell Tim funny jokes, just loud enough for her to hear. Needless to say, we marry in the spring!

The line was a test of the human commitment to the social contract. It’s a testament to our love of Kelly Ripa that this line of 800 people stayed in order and didn't bum-rush the doors.

The show was awesome, mostly because Christoph Waltz, the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor, was there! That man is one of the greats of our time, and it was an honor to see him in person. It is surprising to see how quiet and reserved he is. A couple of years ago, I had the phrase “Au Revoir, Shoshanna!” stuck in my head for weeks, which he uttered at the beginning of Inglorious Basterds. Haunting. His performance in Django Unchained was amazing as well, and his award was well deserved.

Again, after the show, we rushed home to get four more hours of sleep. Like I said, the trip was a sleep deprived whirlwind!

When we got up, we headed straight over to the Warner Brother’s lot to be in the audience at a taping of Conan (TBS weeknights at 11p). That was a lot of fun, mostly because the wait was like ¼ as long as Live.

We saw Zooey Deschanel, Ben McKenzie, and the famous Japandroids (Yeah, I hadn’t heard of them either). Be sure to watch their interviews on Hulu or something!

On the last day of our trip, we spent a few hours on the Paramount lot. We were there as guests of Gina Francis, head of the Projection Department at Paramount. We were able to brainstorm and got a lot of information on how to make our tv show (Retail, in development) incredible. Our energy and excitement is reinvigorated, and we are itching to pitch our finished pilot script!

I am sitting with Tim at the airport, writing this report while intermittently checking out the girl across the aisle. Man, I love Los Angeles. We will be back soon, I promise!

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