I HAVE just seen Jennifer Lawrence in the flesh. Let’s be honest here — she essentially sprinted past me in high heels while I shouted out her name at a desperately high pitch, but it was still in the flesh.
The Oscars red carpet isn’t a competition between Best Actor and Best Actress; it’s a competition between journalists with the sharpest elbows and the loudest voice.
The carpet is about 150 metres long. It starts with those amazing shots of the stars you will eventually see in the magazines (and in the handy news.com.au gallery below).
That’s where the glamour begins and ends. The celebrities then have to run the gauntlet until they reach the entrance to the Dolby Theatre.
There are three lanes — one lane for ordinary folk who are not nominated but managed to nab a free ticket, an express lane for mega celebrities who don’t need to spend the time talking to us common folk, and then there is the lane for the stars who want to chat to journalists.
Charlize Theron. I think she really wanted to stop, as you can see here from the cracking pace she is setting to get the hell past us.
Of course, plenty of stars have a chat as they make their way into the ceremony. I caught up with Sly Stallone, Rooney Mara, George Miller and the Australian nominees from Mad Max. I also caught up with the hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen and his Australian wife, Isla Fisher.
There are an infinitesimal amount of people who are lucky enough to attend the Oscars and I still can’t believe that I was on the red carpet with the biggest stars in Hollywood.
My behind the scenes highlights include:
Discovering the Oscar statue is modelled on Mario Lopez from E News.
That nuts are rationed in Hollywood because no one eats here.
It is someone’s job to polish the poles at the Oscars. Enough said.
My best dressed goes to Cate Blanchett for her under the sea Armani pale green gown.
My best dressed man is Jared Leto. He rocks a man brooch (mrooch) like no one’s business.