HOLLYWOOD — The red carpet is in some ways a microcosm of the Oscar food chain.
The first nominees arrive two and a half hours before the show is to begin. These are the people who worked on live-action shorts and documentary features and foreign-language films and animated shorts and documentary shorts.
The last nominees show up as cameras are being shut down, notebooks and microphones are being stashed and everyone is scrambling to get in place for the show.
In between came the parade of nominees and other celebrities: some dashing, some taking their time. Mind you, I'm talking from the perspective of the print journalists who were stationed past the sharp right-hand turn after the carpet walkers have entered near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and passed through the long gantlet along Hollywood. When they see us, they can also see the entrance of the theater/mall complex.
But many stopped anyway, in large part because the most popular entertainment print journalist on the planet, Baz Bamigboye of London's Daily Mail, has the ability to call out to superstars and have
Seriously, if you ever get this gig, stand next to Baz.
Fellow supporting actress nominee
Best song nominee
Dennis Kucinich popped by. As did
Jessica Chastain, best actress nominee for “
This year she said Oscar Monday would be a day of rest — but first, an awards show beckoned.