In all the years I lived in Los Angeles, I never attended the Academy Awards. I knew people who were “seat warmers” and I thought that would be really awesome, but I never had the nerve to do it. I just knew that I’d end up accidentally sitting on someone important.
And now I’m kicking myself for never trying to camp out to get an up close and personal gander at the red carpet walkers. I’m pretty sure that would have been A BLAST. When I was much younger and wouldn’t have had to wear orthopedic inserts though.
Each year, our acting company put on a big glitzy Oscar watching bash for Christians in the entertainment industry. It was well attended, and we all got dressed up in our favorite party frocks. Shrimp was served. You just knew that it was going to be a fancy event if the shrimp and cocktail sauce was served.
In hindsight, I believe it was because all of us starving actors were less likely to pilfer shrimp into our pockets for the lean days ahead.
Just sayin’. Not that I would have ever ruined a perfectly good handbag by trying such a despicable act…
I enjoyed sitting around with good friends, dining on hors d’oeuvres, and discussing what everyone onscreen was wearing, and OH MY GOODNESS, I HAD NO IDEA THAT ACTOR HAD DIED during the death montage. (Which always brings me to tears.)
Since leaving LA, I have missed those gatherings on Oscar night. And pretty much, since then, if I even watch the Oscars, I’m watching alone. Sob. Sob.
Sunday night was different. Fiddledaddy hooked EyeTV up to my computer. What that means, is that I was able to watch the Oscars, Tweet with my peeps, and even compose this blog post. ALL ON THE SAME SCREEN.
All that technical know-how freaked me out a little. And I won’t even pretend that I understand how it works. I just know that there is a little box above my computer with a blue light that looks like an evil eye (hence the name EyeTV) staring at me. But I don’t care and just won’t look upwards. Ignore/Avoid = Coping Skill.
I almost felt like I was back in Los Angeles, sitting around with a bunch of starving actor types, eating shrimp. Except that I was wearing my pajamas. And I’m pretty sure that known of my Tweeps are starving. And I traded in the shrimp for vanilla cookies that I really don’t like all that much, but @redclaydiaries HAD to go and mention cookies and so I spent an entire commercial rummaging through the pantry for any type of cookie I could find.
Other than that, it was just like being there.
I thought that Sandra Bullock gave the best acceptance speech ever. That was my favorite moment of the entire show.
“Here’s to the mamas who take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from.” ~Sandra Bullock
Amen sister. And I love that a woman finally won for Best Director.
Did you watch? Any surprises?