Los Angeles - March 3, 2014
Monday night may be all about the Kings and Habs, but on Sunday, Los Angeles was teeming with big players of a different variety. Landing in the City of Angels just in time to see the tail end of the red carpet festivities ahead of the 86th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Sunday night, we spent the evening traipsing around Tinseltown doing a little star gazing. With tight security surrounding the event, it was hard to breach the perimeter around the staging area, but we were able to get just close enough to get a feel for the opulence and extravagance one would expect for a bevy of A-listers on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Hoping to spot Brangelina, Matthew McConaughey or really any of the Oscar winners who were out on the town with gold statues in tow, we hit up a few venues to see and be seen (mostly see…). He may not roll with the same size entourage as U2 or Pharrell, but fellow crooner and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks still drew a crowd on his way in to perform at the W Hollywood Hotel for the fourth annual Salute to the Stars after party, which was recognized by Variety as one of the 10 best post-Oscar celebrations. While we didn’t spot quite as many marquee names as we would have liked, we did get some interesting inside information about how red carpet interviews are executed. First, public relations staffers – the unsung heroes of Hollywood – finagle sweet spots for their clients in primetime to ensure the highest number of flashbulbs and lenses pointed at their dolled-up celebrities as possible. Then, to ensure everyone recognizes people like Breann Johnson for her work in Red Wing, another staffer walks just ahead holding a sign identifying the upcoming star to help interviewers prepare and paparazzi know what name to yell out while they snap away. We’ve always found it easier to just give our stars jerseys with names and numbers on the back to make sure everyone knows who they are, but that’s probably not red carpet appropriate attire…
The Oscars may be a four-hour long show, but that still isn’t enough time to feature every category recognized by the Academy. This may be a little known fact, but canadiens.com actually captured the coveted “Award for Excellence” for the 2013-14 On the Road Blog. We were just honored to be nominated and hadn’t even prepared a speech for the occasion, but given the circumstances, we humbly accepted the award on behalf of the team before being played off by the house orchestra. Thank you to all of you who made this award possible – you know who you are.