I know, the Oscars? Already? Well, if you're a big movie fan and have always wished for your very own space on the red carpet, you need to be thinking about where you want to be on Oscar night right now.
Yesterday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Oscar folks, have announced that they will be conducting a random drawing for seats in the bleacher sections that line the 500-foot-long red carpeted walkway that leads into the Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards® ceremony. There are only 700 seats available and applications for the drawing are open to Oscar fans all over the world.
Here's the deal... the application process will begin next Monday, Sept. 14th at noon ET and continue for one week, closing on Sunday, Sept. 20th at midnight, ET. To register an application, fans must log into the Academy's website by clicking or entering this link into your browser, www.oscars.org/bleachers. There you'll find an application form that must be filled out in its entirety and submitted online. You can register up to four persons on a single form but only one form may be registered per person or per group.
If you're lucky enough to be selected in the drawing, you'll be notified in early October and required to submit additional security information before your attendance can be approved by the Academy. After final approvals, winners will receive confirmation letters in early December with additional event information. Sorry, travel and hotels isn't included. Neither, we assume are cameras, autograph books or any additional message units for all of the texts and tweets you'll be busy sending all of your friends.
Should you get the invitation, you can be grateful that there won't be anyone sitting next to you who got around the online process by simply showing up in the middle of the night. The Academy has warned that anyone waiting overnight will not be granted entry. After watching the movie stars and celebrities make their entrance, everyone seated in the bleachers will be invited to watch the Oscar telecast "from a nearby location", so you won't miss out on any part of the big show.
According to the Academy, in past years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the special seating. So, should you find yourself selected and approved, it would seem bragging rights are certainly attached.
This will be the 82nd Academy Awards presentation. The event will be held on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center®, Hollywood CA. For those not able, willing or interested in grabbing bleacher seats at the theater, the show is being televised by ABC in more than 200 countries worldwide. If you decide to go through the online process and get selected, we'd love to hear from you so we can follow your adventure right through Oscar night. Good luck.
The information above was provided by AMPAS' publicity department and may be subject to change. Moviedozer Dailies and SparxLab Projects assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided. Further information is available at the Academy's site link in the article.