Every Oscar fan dreams of some day attending the big ceremony that we dedicate so much time covering. The closest I have ever come to accomplishing this was watching them set up the red carpet two days before the 2006 Oscar ceremony. This year every Oscar fan will have a chance to vie for one of 700 available seats on the bleachers outside of the Kodak Theatre before the 83rd Academy Awards.
For one week fans will be able to register at the Oscars website to enter the drawing that will select a limited number of fans to be seated in the bleachers and go on afterward to a private area to watch the telecast. Here are the rules from the press release:
The application form will be available at www.oscars.org/bleachers. The online-only application process will close on Sunday, September 19, at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT.
To be eligible for the random drawing, an individual must complete the application form in its entirety. Applications may only be submitted online. Forms may not be returned via any other method.
Applicants may register for themselves and one guest. Duplicate registrations will not be accepted.
Those whose names are selected in the random drawing will be notified in late September. They will then be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Eligible attendees will receive a confirmation letter in early January with information pertinent to the event.
Only those individuals who have been pre-approved by the Academy will have access to the bleachers. Those who wait overnight to attempt admittance will not be granted entry.
According to the Academy as many as 20,000 fans have applied for this honor in previous years. The application form opens on Monday, September 13th at Noon ET and closes the following Sunday at midnight. Accommodations are not provided.
For those of you who don’t live in or around L.A. – would you be willing to put up the cash for travel and hotel for such a golden opportunity? Or would you rather view the ceremony from your own couch with a laptop, Tweeting away your thoughts?