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Oscar Weekend 2009!

Feb 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Celebrity Sightings

Academy Awards Red Carpet Entrance

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! :)

Oscar Statue Kodak Theatre

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:

Kodak Theatre Entrance Oscar Day

Red Carpet Stairs Leading to the Entrance

Red Carpet Stairs from the Balcony

Workers setting up the Oscar's Red Carpet

Oprah's Press Box on the red carpet

Red Carpet almost done

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.

champagne on the Red Carpet

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! :)

Oscar Statuette at the Kodak Theatre

Mr. Oscar looking pretty drab outside the Kodak – notice the blemishes on his arms. LOL

Limo Dropoff area start of red carpet

What they don’t show you on TV! LOL The ugly road closures and chain link fences at the start of the red carpet.

Press Box on the Red Carpet

The massive press bridge built over Hollywood Boulevard

Red Carpet Interview Area

Tented Red Carpet Protected from Rain

Hollwood Blvd shut down for the Oscars

What the red carpet looks like from Hollywood Boulevard.

Spirit Awards Shutters Parking Lot

paparazzi swarming actors as they arrive at shutters

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 . . .

Rosie Perez Arriving at the Spirit Awards

Rosie Perez

John Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt

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

Elisabeth Rohn from Law and Order – she seemed very sweet. :)

Teri Hatcher

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. :(

Rainn Wilson Signing Autographs

Rainn Wilson

The Office’s Rainn Wilson

Elisha Dushku

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Elisha Dushku (who you can just barely see in the above pics)

Ron Livingston (aka SATC's Jack Berger)

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!

Leonard Maltin

Film critic Leonard Maltin

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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?

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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:

  1. Nicole Kidman
  2. La Toya Jackson – my boyfriend and I kept going back and forth as to whether it was La Toya or Janet. LOL
  3. Mickey Rourke
  4. Robin Wright Penn
  5. Olivia Wilde
  6. Sarah Silverman
  7. Seth Rogan
  8. Dax Shepard
  9. Kristen Bell
  10. Topher Grace
  11. Dennis Leary
  12. Amy Adams
  13. Darren Le Gallo
  14. Jason Bateman
  15. Amanda Anka
  16. Josh Radnor
  17. Lindsay Price
  18. Forest Whitaker
  19. Zach Braff
  20. Kevin Connolly – said hi to me as he walked by :)
  21. Molly Sims
  22. Chace Crawford
  23. Deborah Messing – super pretty in person
  24. Amy Poehler
  25. Will Arnett
  26. Tina Fey – sooooo short and tiny
  27. Eric McCormack
  28. Neil Patrick Harris
  29. 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!
  30. Aaron Eckhart
  31. Holly Robinson Peete
  32. Rodney Peete (NFL)
  33. Gwen Stefani – absolutely stunning in person!
  34. Christian Siriano (Project Runway winner)
  35. Elle Macpherson
  36. Nikki Hilton
  37. Christopher Walken
  38. Ben Stiller
  39. Christine Taylor
  40. Laura Dern
  41. Tobey Macguire
  42. Jennifer Meyer
  43. Kimora Lee Simmons
  44. Djimon Hounsou (Kimora Lee Simmon’s baby daddy)
  45. Victor Garber
  46. Kathy Hilton
  47. Jessica Alba – had the coolest red sequin shoes on! and she made my boyfriend practically drool!
  48. Kerry Washington
  49. Leo!!! – I can finally, finally cross Leo off my must-see celebrity list. SIGH! :)
  50. Breckin Meyer
  51. Rachel Bilson
  52. Adam Rodriquez
  53. Michael Chiklis
  54. Andy MacDowell
  55. Debra Winger
  56. Sally Field
  57. Ron Livingston (Jack Berger on SATC)
  58. Tim Allen
  59. James Marsden
  60. William Shatner
  61. Eddie Murphy
  62. Kate Bosworth
  63. Anne Hathaway
  64. Christine Ricci
  65. James Caan
  66. Robert De Niro
  67. Bill Maher – with his twelve year old looking girlfriend
  68. Wentworth Miller
  69. Michael Buble (sigh!) – such a cutie in person! I was practically swooning! :)
  70. Josh Hartnett
  71. Ellen Pompeo
  72. Ellen Pompeo’s husband Chris Ivery
  73. Jack Black
  74. Tanya Haden (Jack Black’s wife – she’s a model)
  75. Alyssa Milano
  76. Michelle Monaghan (from The Best Man and Eagle Eye)
  77. Chris Pine
  78. Ron Howard
  79. Josh Brolin
  80. Diane Lane
  81. Kathy Najimy
  82. Michael Moore – just as unattractive in person as he appears in his movies
  83. Chris Rock
  84. Jenna Fisher
  85. Heather Locklear
  86. Jennifer Aniston
  87. Josh Duhamel
  88. Bridget Moynahan
  89. Elton John
  90. Steven Spielberg – thanks to a red fedora he looked like a total douchebag! LOL
  91. Kate Capshaw
  92. Hugh Laurie
  93. Cameron Diaz
  94. Brian Grazer
  95. Stacy Keibler
  96. Geoff Stults
  97. Bradley Cooper
  98. Whoopi Goldberg
  99. Shirley MacLaine
  100. Ginnifer Goodwin
  101. Elisha Cuthbert
  102. Fred Savage – looked really old!
  103. Frances Fisher
  104. Richard Jenkins
  105. Melissa Leo
  106. Taraji P. Henson
  107. Claire Danes
  108. Hugh Dancy
  109. Josh Grobin
  110. Prince Frederick von Anhalt (Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ex)
  111. Steven Baldwin
  112. Dule Hill
  113. Kiersten Warren (At least I think it was her!)
  114. Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire star)
  115. Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire star)
  116. Kirk Kerkorkian
  117. Ralph Lauren
  118. Valentino Garavano
  119. Terri Hatcher
  120. Elisabeth Rohn (D.A. from Law and Order)
  121. Rosie Perez
  122. John Hamm
  123. Jennifer Westfeldt (star of Kissing Jessica Stein)
  124. Michael Bolton
  125. Leonard Maltin (movie critic)
  126. Elisha Dushku
  127. Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award winner for Milk screenplay)
  128. 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.

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  1. Tells us more about Wentwoth miller please! Did he have a date with him?

  2. Alex says:

    The guy signing the autographs is Haaz Sleiman

  3. Mimi Slater says:

    Great job Lins, You out did yourself!
    Happy stalking!
    Mimi

  4. WentFan says:

    Hi!
    We were delighted to read you had a sighting of our beloved Wentworth!

    He is so rarely attending events that we would love all the info you can give us.

    Thank you in advance.
    The International Wentworth Miller Board (http://www.excommunicated.biz/).

  5. hellooo says:

    You saw Wentworth Miller? I just love him. Where did you see him?


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