Back in Hollywood for all the excitement ahead of the Oscars!
The construction for the red carpet and tent outside the famed Kodak Theater is taking place, as onlookers and tourists walk by. It’s sometimes easy for me to forget how exciting it is to be in Hollywood for the first time, as I watch the sightseeing-vans go by. To a first-timer, it’s even a little unexpected that the awards take place in the center of a shopping complex – albeit a very pretty one, what with that iconic sign overlooking it.
Nonetheless, the Oscars have taken over Hollywood, once again, and once again, I get to be here to cover the build-up to the big day this Sunday.
Many of the presenters have already been announced – from two-time Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas to Halle Berry, whose win ten years ago was a step forward for the Academy. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Miss Piggy and Kermit take to the stage to hand out an award. Gotta love the Muppets!
As for the guests attending – well, Woody Allen may be up for top honours with for Midnight in Paris, but he has a history of not attending, so we won’t expect him to break that one, but the rest of the who’s who is expected. Last year there was much anticipation over whether Mr Brainwash or Banksy, who appeared in the Best Documentary-nominated Exit Through the Giftshop, would attend the ceremony. This year, word is, Sasha Baron Cohen wants to attend as his latest incarnation, The Dictator. Oh, the apprehension that would cause!
I’m looking forward to all the conversations that arise about filmmaking, the parties, the Indie Spirit awards and then heading out to Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party where Foster the People will perform.
You’re welcome to come along – I’ll be blogging and tweeting all the way!