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I took the subway to the Oscars. It was just the beginning of a wild ride

Oscar statues
Among the Oscars scenes you don’t see on TV.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Academy Awards are typically covered by veteran entertainment journalists steeped in the strategy of “award season.”

But this year, The Times also sent Julia Wick, a reporter from the paper’s Metro section who writes the Essential California newsletter.

She emerged from the subway, passed the lines of valets and headed to the rain-soaked red carpet before claiming her nose-bleed seat.

Over the next few hours, she experienced a different side of the Oscars — the swag-filled restrooms, the surprisingly meager bar tipping, the aggressive food runs, the stealth vacuuming and the way even Hollywood’s biggest night can’t quite compete with Nextdoor.

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And of course the excitement of the Academy Awards making history.

Here is Julia’s journey as she told it on Twitter:

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