Oscar Weekend 2009!Feb 23rd, 2009 | By Lindsay | Category: Celebrity Sightings
Oh, how I love the smell of Awards Season in the morning! And let me tell you – this was the Academy Awards Weekend to end all Academy Awards Weekends for me! I had the absolute time of my life!!!!!!!!!!! It was so incredible that I am still pinching myself today. Bright and early Saturday morning I dragged my boyfriend out to Hollywood and Highland Mall to stalk Oscar’s red carpet and we didn’t make it home until after 3am the following morning. AND I still cannot believe this but we saw 128 stars! YES you read that right – ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT MOVIE STARS! There were so many stars out and about that at times I didn’t know which way to look. My boyfriend said he thought my head was about to explode. LOL I almost feel like I should just throw in my stalking towel now as it just doesn’t get any better than this weekend – but don’t worry, I won’t!
Our first stop on Saturday morning was the Kodak Theatre where we got to check out the most famous carpet in the world. Although I have done this for three years in a row now, I don’t think I will ever get tired of it! For someone who grew up so far away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, to get to be that close to the Academy Awards red carpet is a dream come true. It’s almost surreal. And I LOVE every minute of it! I can’t wait for the day when I am walking down that red carpet for real. A few of the pics I took at the Kodak:
Although the Oscar set-up was beautiful, as always, for some reason this year they had the red carpet area blocked off and fans could not walk across it. Such a bummer! If you’ll notice in the above pics the carpet is completely tarped in plastic during the set-up, so that the hundreds of crew members traipsing across it don’t ruin it.
I was stoked to see a little champage stand set up alongside the red carpet, since champagne is my favorite drink – and it was my girl Marilyn Monroe’s, too. How cool to be able to grab a glass of champagne, while making your way down the red carpet! LOVE IT!
Mr. Oscar looking pretty drab outside the Kodak – notice the blemishes on his arms. LOL
What they don’t show you on TV! LOL The ugly road closures and chain link fences at the start of the red carpet.
The massive press bridge built over Hollywood Boulevard
What the red carpet looks like from Hollywood Boulevard.
After stalking the red carpet, I dragged my boyfried out to do some stalking of the blue carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica – and, yes, the carpet there really is blue! Much more relaxed than the Oscars, the Spirit Awards are held each year under a plastic tent that is set up in a public parking lot next to the beach in Santa Monica. We showed up just as the awards were ending this year and got to see a whole slew of celebs walking the short half-block from the show to the after-party. And, let me tell you, it was absolute pandemonium! There were about a million paparazzi and fans alike swarming the stars as they made their way to the Shutters Hotel where the afterparty was being held. You can see in the above pics the massive amount of paps that were on the scene. It was insane!!! While there we saw . . .
Mad Men star John Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. They were super nice and stopped to take pictures with every fan who asked!
Elisabeth Rohn from Law and Order – she seemed very sweet.
A very heavily made up Teri Hatcher – you can just barely see her in the above pic. She is standing behind the guy in the suit. As soon as she drove up, the paps went ABSOLUTELY NUTS and completely surrounded her, so I wasn’t able to get a very good pic.
The Office’s Rainn Wilson
Elisha Dushku (who you can just barely see in the above pics)
Ron Livingston (aka SATC’s Jack Berger) who looked to have just been in an accident of some sort. Ugh, it broke my heart to see him like that! Poor Berger!
Film critic Leonard Maltin
And this guy who the paps and fans went absolutely CRAZY for – like so crazy I thought it might be Brad Pitt pulling up! – but I have no idea who he is!!!! LOL Does anyone recognize him?
And, finally, this actor who I am sad to say I also didn’t recognize. Does anyone know who he is?
After stalking the Spirit Awards, I dragged my boyfriend from one end of L.A. to the other, hotel and bar hopping. There were Oscar parties galore going on literally every hundred feet or so and the celebs were out in full force! And I just about died over two celeb run-ins that I had. My personal fave was when my girl Jen Aniston came up and stood about two feet away from me for a good six minutes. Unfortunately we were inside a hotel at the time, and no hotels were allowing any sort of pictures to be taken last night. But even though I didn’t get to snap a pic of her, I was still in heaven. Jen looked A-MA-ZING! I’ve seen Jen in person on two other occasions and I have to say this was the best I’ve ever seen her. She seemed very healthy and happy. Forty years old suits her. She is just so freaking adorable I can’t stand it! And she has the best laugh ever – it’s this huge guffaw that fills the whole room. And she was doing a lot of laughing last night. Needless to say I was mesmerized!
A bit earlier in the evening I just happened to spot Ginnifer Goodwin who stars in my favorite movie as of late He’s Just Not That Into You. She was the only celeb I saw yesterday that I just HAD to go up to. In a situation like yesterday, where there are tons of celebs around and hotels aren’t allowing photographs, I am very content to just sit and observe their comings and goings. Sort of like being in a celebrity zoo. LOL But when Ginnifer Goodwin walked by, I just couldn’t help myself! So I walked up to her and told her how amazing she was in He’s Just Not That Into You and how I absolutely loved the movie. And she was SO SWEET! She thanked me for coming up to her, shook my hand, and introduced herself. I just about died. She is completely adorable in person, too! I mean, does it get any better than that??
But I’d have to say that THE most exciting part of the night for me was when I got recognized! Yes, I got recognized!!!!! While I was eating dinner last night a lady came up to me and asked if I was the “I Am Not A Stalker Girl”! I am not kidding!!!! Someone actually recognized me and I just about died! I think I was more excited about that than the fact that Nicole Kidman was eating just a few tables away. LOL I’m always amazed to hear that people actually read my blog, as most of my loved ones just barely tolerate my stalking addiction. So the fact that there are people that actually care what I have to say is AMAZING! It’s nice to know that there really are other people like me out there. My fan (and new best friend! LOL ) introduced me to her friends and one of them asked me how my dad was doing! I was like “Wow, you guys really do read my blog!” LOL They were the NICEST group of ladies, but unfortunately they live in another state – otherwise I think we’d all make a great stalking team! When I woke up this morning I really had to think for a minute to be sure that that part of my evening wasn’t just a dream. LOL
Anyway, without further ado, here is the list of stars I saw in and around Hollywood on Saturday:
- Nicole Kidman
- La Toya Jackson – my boyfriend and I kept going back and forth as to whether it was La Toya or Janet. LOL
- Mickey Rourke
- Robin Wright Penn
- Olivia Wilde
- Sarah Silverman
- Seth Rogan
- Dax Shepard
- Kristen Bell
- Topher Grace
- Dennis Leary
- Amy Adams
- Darren Le Gallo
- Jason Bateman
- Amanda Anka
- Josh Radnor
- Lindsay Price
- Forest Whitaker
- Zach Braff
- Kevin Connolly – said hi to me as he walked by
- Molly Sims
- Chace Crawford
- Deborah Messing – super pretty in person
- Amy Poehler
- Will Arnett
- Tina Fey – sooooo short and tiny
- Eric McCormack
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Kristin Davis – said “Hi” as she walked by and I was floored to see that she walked with a little bounce JUST LIKE Charlotte does on SATC!
- Aaron Eckhart
- Holly Robinson Peete
- Rodney Peete (NFL)
- Gwen Stefani – absolutely stunning in person!
- Christian Siriano (Project Runway winner)
- Elle Macpherson
- Nikki Hilton
- Christopher Walken
- Ben Stiller
- Christine Taylor
- Laura Dern
- Tobey Macguire
- Jennifer Meyer
- Kimora Lee Simmons
- Djimon Hounsou (Kimora Lee Simmon’s baby daddy)
- Victor Garber
- Kathy Hilton
- Jessica Alba – had the coolest red sequin shoes on! and she made my boyfriend practically drool!
- Kerry Washington
- Leo!!! – I can finally, finally cross Leo off my must-see celebrity list. SIGH!
- Breckin Meyer
- Rachel Bilson
- Adam Rodriquez
- Michael Chiklis
- Andy MacDowell
- Debra Winger
- Sally Field
- Ron Livingston (Jack Berger on SATC)
- Tim Allen
- James Marsden
- William Shatner
- Eddie Murphy
- Kate Bosworth
- Anne Hathaway
- Christine Ricci
- James Caan
- Robert De Niro
- Bill Maher – with his twelve year old looking girlfriend
- Wentworth Miller
- Michael Buble (sigh!) – such a cutie in person! I was practically swooning!
- Josh Hartnett
- Ellen Pompeo
- Ellen Pompeo’s husband Chris Ivery
- Jack Black
- Tanya Haden (Jack Black’s wife – she’s a model)
- Alyssa Milano
- Michelle Monaghan (from The Best Man and Eagle Eye)
- Chris Pine
- Ron Howard
- Josh Brolin
- Diane Lane
- Kathy Najimy
- Michael Moore – just as unattractive in person as he appears in his movies
- Chris Rock
- Jenna Fisher
- Heather Locklear
- Jennifer Aniston
- Josh Duhamel
- Bridget Moynahan
- Elton John
- Steven Spielberg – thanks to a red fedora he looked like a total douchebag! LOL
- Kate Capshaw
- Hugh Laurie
- Cameron Diaz
- Brian Grazer
- Stacy Keibler
- Geoff Stults
- Bradley Cooper
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Shirley MacLaine
- Ginnifer Goodwin
- Elisha Cuthbert
- Fred Savage – looked really old!
- Frances Fisher
- Richard Jenkins
- Melissa Leo
- Taraji P. Henson
- Claire Danes
- Hugh Dancy
- Josh Grobin
- Prince Frederick von Anhalt (Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ex)
- Steven Baldwin
- Dule Hill
- Kiersten Warren (At least I think it was her!)
- Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire star)
- Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire star)
- Kirk Kerkorkian
- Ralph Lauren
- Valentino Garavano
- Terri Hatcher
- Elisabeth Rohn (D.A. from Law and Order)
- Rosie Perez
- John Hamm
- Jennifer Westfeldt (star of Kissing Jessica Stein)
- Michael Bolton
- Leonard Maltin (movie critic)
- Elisha Dushku
- Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award winner for Milk screenplay)
- Rainn Wilson
There were just so many that I am sure I forgot some of them somewhere along the way! LOL All in all an absolutely AMAZING DAY! And I can’t wait to do it again next year!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: I stalked so many hotels and bars this Oscar Weekend, that there are far too many to list here. For a detailed list of places to go to see movie stars, check out this blog post. The Spirit Awards are held the Saturday before the Oscars each year on the beach in Santa Monica just South of Shutters Hotel.