Awards season is upon us and I am thrilled about that. The Golden Globes is the show that kicks off award season but the one I really look forward to is the Oscars. This year the Oscars will be held on February 26th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. I do my best to try and make sure that I am able to experience as much of the Oscars as I can. There are several ways that fans can enjoy Oscar season in the Los Angeles area. Even if you are not in the Los Angeles area during the Oscars but will be visiting later in the year you can tour the Dolby Theatre and see where the show takes place.
In 2013 I was blessed to get to sit in the bleachers lining the red carpet at the Oscars. After the red carpet ended I got to watch the show at the El Capitan Theatre directly across the street from where the show was being held. This is an incredible way to experience the Oscars in person. While it is too late to try and win the bleacher seats for this year it is not too late to learn how you can do it next year. For information on how you too can potentially sit in the bleachers lining the red carpet at the Oscars please read this blog post: How I Went to the 2013 Oscars Red Carpet.
Last year I signed up to get a ticket to the Live with Kelly & Michael After Oscar Show which took place at 6am the morning after the Oscars. The show is taped live from the Dolby theatre with all the Oscar decorations still in place. The tickets for this show are free through a website called 1iota which gives out tickets for various shows. For fans of the Oscars, this show is worth going to because the experience of being in the theatre just hours after the Oscars is special. Plus, you never know what celebrities might show up.
While this does require staying up all night it is not an opportunity that you can have any other day of the year. To read about my experience attending the show last year click here: Kelly and Michael Live After Oscar Show
If you are in the Los Angeles area leading up to the show you can go to Hollywood and Highland the week before while they are setting up. If you are lucky you might be able to get a piece of the red carpet while they are putting it down. A few years ago my friend came to town to go to the Oscars red carpet with me. She flew in a few days before the show and I wanted her to see Hollywood so we went to Hollywood & Highland. They were setting up the bleachers and the red carpet when we passed by.
We were asked if we wanted a piece of the red carpet. Of course, we said yes and I now have that framed with my red carpet credentials. You can walk around and take pictures of all of the Oscar statues that they will be setting up. The portion of the red carpet that you can walk on will be covered up but still for big fans it is really cool to say you’ve walked on it. While in the Hollywood & Highland area you can visit the Roosevelt Hotel which was the location for the very first Oscars.
Good Morning America hosts a red carpet event on 2/24 that fans can go to. You can request tickets here.
Attend Events Hosted by the Academy During Oscars Week
Feb. 21 Screen all nominated Shorts both Live Action & Animated. Includes q&a’s with the nominees
Feb. 22 Watch clips from the nominated documentaries and listen to a panel of the nominees
Feb. 23 Watch clips from all nominated Animated Features
Feb. 25 Watch clips from all nominated Foreign Language Film with a q&a with the directors following
For more information please visit The Oscars website. I would link to it for you but the Academy has very strict rules about linking to their site.
How to Watch Best Picture Nominees for the Oscars
Do you have a Regal Cinemas in your area? For $35 you can see all nine best picture nominees from Feb 17-Feb 26. You don’t have to see them all at once. Be sure to spread the movies out over several days. If you are planning to see most of if not all of the movies this is a great deal.
Do you have an AMC theatre in your area? AMC theatres have a Best Picture Showcase that offers fans the opportunity to see all of the best picture nominees. Tickets for the 2017 Best Picture Showcase go on sale after Oscar nominations are announced. In 2015 fans had the options of seeing four of the eight best picture nominees on two consecutive Saturdays before the Oscars. Or fans could purchase tickets to see all eight movies in one day. For more information please click here: https://www.amctheatres.com/events/best-picture-showcase