Caila and I had so much fun at the Oprah’s Oscar Show!
We made really good time getting up to the Hollywood Bowl to park. We were at Starbuck’s at 5 a.m. right by the Laguna Hills Mall and at 6:06 a.m. we were parked at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m so glad we got there early! We walked over to the check-in line and it was so nice and organized. Everyone was very friendly and could tell that all were excited to see the show. You could hear people speculating about who would be guests.
We were on the third bus that drove over to the Kodak Theater and once there we were directed into the lobby area of the theater to wait until they were ready for us in the auditorium. We waited for a while in the lobby but that was a show all in itself! Watching all the different kinds of people and outfits that were there was quite interesting. There was the girl that came in and had long, dark hair, her blouse hanging off one shoulder and wearing an oversized Fedora type hat, standing against the stair rail. She kept dipping her head kind of down and looking up real slow from under her Fedora……I think she was trying to be “discovered” or something or else she had a bad neck!
The UCLA Dance team showed up and taught everyone waiting in the lobby a version of the Jai Ho dance. Caila was much better at it than I was. Hahahahaha! I seriously wonder sometimes where Melissa got her talent to do cheer dances!
Then we were allowed to go into the auditorium. It was gorgeous! Television did not do it justice. It was brilliance and sparkle all in shades of teal and silver. Beautiful. Your stomach got all tingly just seeing it and anticipating the excitement to come. Caila and I found great seats about 2/3 the way up on the floor section. I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house though.
The audience coordinators were great. Being on the aisle we could hear what people would say as they came in and could see how the coordinators handled some of the more difficult people. I was very impressed as they always had a smile no matter how snippy some of the people could be. (Everyone thinks they should be front row and center!)
For our entertainment while seating continued they introduced David Foster and he had Cherice come on stage and sing a couple of songs, one of which they said was still in the works and would be on her new album. Wow, what a voice for such a little thing! Amazing. I remember seeing her on the Oprah show and my eyes watered even again!
After that the main audience coordinator (I am so bad with remembering names!) spoke with and entertained the audience. She had 3 ladies and 1 “dude” come up on stage to show the Jai Ho dance that we all had learned. Oh my gosh, it was great! The “dude” was absolutely great and hilarious all at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had been a cheerleader at one time!
Then it was time for Oprah to come out. She looked so pretty. Her outfit was kind of a dark, navy/steel blue with a sparkling top. It was very cool to see how many people it takes to make sure that everything is just so-so, between the props on stage to making sure that Oprah is perfectly camera ready.
Hugh Jackman… Wow, he seemed so nice. Not a party hearty guy, but just someone that appreciated where and what he was getting to do. The audience (ladies especially) were whooping and hollering quite a bit.
Kate Winslet….I could listen to her talk all day, I love her accent and it made me think of Sense and Sensibilities.
Sean Penn…What I remember most about him was his hair! BIG hair…it must’ve given him another 4 or 5 inches of height! And the fact that he really looked like he wasn’t feeling all that great and all the whooping and hollering probably wasn’t doing him any favors. But he seemed like a nice guy.
Penelope Cruz…She is so cute! Such a tiny little thing! She held her Oscar all cuddled up against her the whole time like a teddy bear.
Danny Boyle…Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto…Danny Boyle of course was like a proud poppa. I loved Dev Patel! He had so much energy and was so excited! He jumped up and down and had the biggest grin on his face the whole time. Frieda Pinto was beautiful and it was fun listening to her talk about the show and her co-star.
The Jai Ho singers, dancers and musicians…When they came out it was hard to stay seated! That’s a great song that had everyone pumped up.
Then it was over. It went so quick. Everything was coordinated to precision. To think of how tired the Oprah crew must be after probably being up all night to edit the film clips from the Oscars to show during the segments of the Oprah Show. Wow. Everyone worked hard but what a nice show they produced! Good job to them!