Some people spend all year looking forward to the Superbowl. I look forward to The Oscars.

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Like the rest of my awards-show-lovin' peeps, I have a thing for glamorous dresses and hairdos, handsome men in tuxedos, and the grandiose aura of the entire affair. It's like the United States-ian version of royalty; massively wealthy, fancy people walking up a special carpet through a crowd of adoring fans. Except in our version, some of them get an award at the end, instead of sitting at a throne and watching the jester play his merry flute (that's what they do in England, right?)

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Anyway, now that I live in Hollywood, the Kodak Theatre Hollywood & Highland Center, where The Oscars are currently held, is just under two miles away from my apartment. I swing by there from time to time, to check out movie premieres and to try to creep on Ryan Gosling, so it was only natural for me to head over and check out the setup festivities (what I really wanted to see is if all the work going into the setup was worth it, since it totally messed up my commute this past week). Turns out it was a pretty fun process to watch.


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The entire stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the theater was blocked off for a couple of blocks in each direction, and there were curtains and walls set up along most of the sidewalk right next to the theater, but once I crossed the street, I was able to get a decent view of the action (the obvious hindrance was the giant chain link fence).


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I even caught a glimpse of Tim Gunn (from Project Runway, for those of you as fashionably un-savvy as me) and Nina Garcia being interviewed (or maybe practicing, since they're hosting The Oscars Red Carpet show this year).


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After walking along the street for awhile, I wandered into the Hollywood and Highland Center (which is actually a giant outdoor shopping plaza attached to the theater) and found some vantage points on the second and third floors that had a better view of the red carpet.


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Downtown LA in the distance
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A shot the other direction - can you spot the Hollywood sign?
What with it being Hollywood and all, there were lots of tourists around (which was nice for me, because I blended right in with my camera), and I was able to follow the flow of people from one spot to the next, letting them show me where the best areas were to take pictures. One cool spot was just at the top of the stairs outside of the actual theater, where the stars will be strutting their stuff tonight. The red carpet was already laid out, but covered with a protective plastic sheet that crunched under my feet as I walked.


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Just for some perspective: the doors to the theater are at the top of the photo
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A shot from the bottom of the stairs
The excitement in the air was palpable, with energy coming from both the tourists and the people scurrying around to get everything ready, their laminated Academy Awards name tags swinging on the lanyards hanging around their necks. Hollywood is always a great place to people watch, and yesterday was no exception. I know that many people try to avoid touristy areas, but I actually love touristy stuff (with the exception of the truly hokey and corny). There's just something about people from all over the world coming together in one place and getting excited about the same thing, whether it be the Walk of Fame or Mount Rushmore. Everyone's there for the same reason, and it creates a sense of connectedness to what makes us all human. We like spectacles. We enjoy being a part, no matter how small, of something bigger than us. And I'm a sucker for all of that.

That's about it! Since we don't own a television, I'm going to a sports bar with a massive screen to watch the show go down tonight - it's the same bar that we went to to watch The Grammys (I know, only in LA would they show awards shows in a sports bar). It's weird to think that I'll only be a couple of miles away from where everything's actually happening. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love me some LA.

Happy Oscars Day, everyone!



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