Sunday, February 24, 2008

Inside the guts of our show

Linda and the red carpet

Blowing Oscar, then cleaning up!

The best sushi experience EVER!!!

Last night I had the most amazing dinner in LA.  The guys JD & I met in Park City during Sundance while watching the playoffs took me to a little hole in the wall sushi bar.  Authentic japanese sushi bar - no funky rolls, no menu, no white people...awesome!!!!

Basically, I walk in and write my name and the # in my party on a dry erase board.   They seat you at the bar and don't offer you a menu.  We ordered sake,  and there is no list, they just bring you a large glass of cold sake.  I told the sushi chef what I liked and had him make me a huge plate of sashimi.

Two people ordered 8 glasses total of sake, we ate sushi and sashimi til we were stuffed and the final bill was $75.32.  Seriously, I eat $75 worth at lunch.  All the fish was cheap and amazing and the sake was cheap and amazing.  

If you're even in LA, go to Noshi Sushi on the corner of Beverly and Hobart!

Friday, February 22, 2008

In and around the Red Carpet

Here's really what you don't see...tons of broadcasters from all over the world are on the red carpet, on the overhang, and cameras are all over the roofs as well.

Tomorrow, you'll see more lights, more stuff, but with the bad weather they will probably wait til the last minutes to unveil the statues, put out the flowers and roll out the real red carpet.

Home away from Home

Fan areas, Oscar under wraps and rooftops

In the Kodak Theater complex

From The Signal Premiere to the Oscars

Whew...I'm dog tired yo.

I left The Signal premiere party at around 2am to run home, do laundry, pack and hop in a cab at 5:40 to catch my plane to LA.

And of course, this is the first year that we end up staying late due to technical after not sleeping last's 10:36pm Atlanta time and I'm about to fall out.

For those of you who don't know, I work on the Academy Awards every year. That sounds more glamorous than it is really. I sit in a trailer in a parking lot behind the Kodak Theater.

I work for TNT Latin America on a one hour live from the Red Carpet Pre-Show. Kinda like ABC's pre-show basically, but mine is international only. I've done this for around 9 years I think and it's a blast to see behind the scenes of the Awards.

Back in the day, you know, the day before Sept. 11th, we could sit in the theater and watch rehearsals. That was awesome, to see hung over celebs trying to read the prompter and not pass out was always worth checking out.

But of course terrorists hate Hollywood's freedoms, so no more access for me. Damn them.