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Morgahna Godwin www.thisismorgs.com

If you had asked me six months ago where I would be, I would not have been able to give you a straight answer. I would have definitely not told you I’d be in Los Angeles watching the red carpet for the Oscars!

This is how I somehow got to see the red carpet for the Oscars: I had planned to meet with someone at the Oscars for a work opportunity, but things didn’t go to plan (as is often the case). Luckily, I had made a friend who had access to a building that overlooked the red carpet. Sounds like a pretty good alternative right? Walk up, meet your friend and watch the red carpet arrivals. Not so much. Little did I know, security around the Oscars is on par with a secret service lockdown. First of all, the whole block around the Oscars is closed. Streets within a two block radius are lined with security checkpoints. And there are helicopters circling every 30 seconds. And don’t forget the snipers on the roofs.

moment that a picture couldn’t possibly have done justice to. Imagine this: Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sandra Bullock all in the same frame just chatting like old friends. It was just a little bit exciting.

So I did as any New Zealander would do, I stood peacefully for a moment and muttered to myself, “challenge accepted”. I then embarked on mission impossible to get through three blocks of security checkpoints, two police checkpoints, and one ‘officials only’ gated area. I thought getting in to a fashion show was hard, this is on a different level. The first few checkpoints were relatively straight forward, but when I got to the ‘officials only’ gate I had to use some genuine story telling. The security guard had to call down another from a different area to check me over and to question me. After I was questioned I was ushered to the building I was meant to go to. Phew, I thought. Not so much. The awkward conversation outside was followed by a story about a guy who had done the same thing as me, but had lied and they chased him down the street. In my head I tried to keep a straight face. Confidence is key. Luckily, the friend I was meeting up with popped out of the building to get me. I was saved and just in time for the red carpet. In terms of fashion, it was a little bit of a spectacle, but that’s to be expected. I loved a lot of the dresses, particularly Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford ensemble. It was subtly sculptural and had a very sharp look. Total red carpet killer. Unfortunately my camera became overwhelmed with the amount of celebrities it saw and it decided to die just as Gwyneth hit the red carpet. But not before George Clooney, the cast of the Help, and the stunning girls from Bridesmaids. However, there was one stellar

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The Oscars were a total eye opener into the production around a live awards show. It felt really strange to be sitting about 40 meters away from the Kodak theatre watching it on a TV when it was happening so close. But, in saying that, I couldn’t have felt further away. I was literally outside the venue but I felt just as far away as I would have been if I was in New Zealand. I was so happy to see Meryl win. It was beyond exciting and I may have shed a tear or two during her acceptance speech. Also I screamed and clapped like a complete lunatic when Bret Mackenzie won his Oscar. HECK YES KIWIS! You don’t know how soothing it was to hear a New Zealand accent (even if it was on TV). Anyway, if there is anything I have learnt from witnessing the Oscars it is that fame is a business, a very big business. Hollywood is a facade, but a facade most of us would happily be a part of. And celebrities are just people who happen to have really extraordinary lives.

debate issue 3 2012  
debate issue 3 2012  

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