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Couple back to earth after soaring with the stars at Oscars

Post by Nicky80 on Thu Feb 26 2015, 06:26

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Couple back to earth after soaring with the stars at Oscars

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It was back to reality for Leanne Smith on Wednesday morning after a whirlwind week of hobnobbing with the rich and famous.

Smith, the office manager at Frontenac Secondary School, had won a trip to last weekend’s Academy Awards and was back behind her desk filling in her co-workers with her stories of mingling with the stars and checking out Hollywood’s glitz and glamour.

“It was pretty amazing,” she said.

The trip came courtesy of the Live! With Kelly and Michael show, a morning talk show featuring Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Smith had entered a contest in which you had to submit a question that could be asked of the stars on the Oscars red carpet. The prizes were trips to the Oscars themselves.

Smith’s question was: “At what age did you know you would one day be walking the red carpet at the Oscars?” It was picked as as finalist and a random draw awarded her one of the trips.

“It was out of this world,” Smith said. “It was an experience I will never forget, for sure. I will never watch the Oscars on TV again the same, knowing now what goes into it, the preparation that goes on.”

She and husband Dan started checking out those preparations a couple of days before the actual event. They watched work crews with white or gold paint cans touching up anything that needed it, people polishing everything that didn’t already shine and television reporters claiming their spots.

“It was really neat to see that whole process,” Smith said.

They also watched as the red carpet itself was rolled out, cut to shape, flattened and then stapled into place.

“A couple of people asked if they could have a piece of the red carpet because there were a lot of ends shoved to the side from cutting.”

But the rules didn’t allow it, Smith said.

The night before the Oscars, the two had their first star sighting: George Clooney.

“My husband and I were having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and he was with a group of his friends, or whoever they were,” Smith said.

Smith’s husband called out his name and got the star’s attention.

“He looked at us and smiled and he came over and chatted a little bit.”

Clooney asked where they were from and what brought them to Los Angeles.

“He thought it was pretty neat why we were there,” Smith said.

They asked if they could have a photo taken with him and Clooney agreed.

The next day, they were escorted to the bleachers, where they would sit to watch the stars walk the red carpet to get into the Oscars.

They had to go through multiple security checkpoints, the single bag they were allowed to bring was searched, and they were advised to make sure the ID that hung around their neck was always turned away from any cameras.

“They didn’t want it going onto social media because people could duplicate it and try to get in,” Smith said.

They were in the third row on the bleachers, a good vantage point to see who was arriving.

“We were about 20 feet away from the stars coming in.”

Some lesser celebrities starting arriving about 2 p.m., but the big stars weren’t due until about 4 p.m.

The ones they got to see included Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Murphy, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Unfortunately, none of them came over to the bleachers, staying in the centre of the carpet for the most part and only venturing to the opposite side to talk with reporters.

But the fans had other ideas.

“A couple of people in our stands were yelling at the stars, so it was really great because they were turning to look at us because of all the commotion,” Smith said. “So we got a lot of really good pictures of stars waving at us.”

The weather also played a role in the event.

“It was raining so hard they were pushing the stars through really quickly, so they weren’t lingering in front of us for too long.”

The bleachers and the red carpet were under coverings, but water did leak through some places, getting the people underneath wet.

Once all the celebrities were inside, the contest winners were ushered to a nearby theatre to watch the show on a screen.

The Smiths were back at their hotel by about 9 p.m., Los Angeles time.

“We had a couple of hours sleep and then had to get up to get to the Kelly and Michael show the next day.”

A guest appearance on the talk show was also part of the prize.

Being at the show was fun, but things were a bit disorganized, Smith said.

“Some people had been waiting in line since 2:30 in the morning to get in to see them.”

Fortunately, the contest winners were able to bypass the line.

“It was really neat to see what they do, what commercials are on, stuff like that,” Smith said.

Smith and the other winners never did get to join Kelly and Michael on stage.

“That was originally supposed to be the plan, but I think it was just too disorganized,” Smiths said.

Kelly, Michael and their crew had been up all night long and were “wiped,” she said.

“But I got my picture taken with Kelly Ripa, which was really cool.”

The show was shot in the same theatre where the Oscars had just been held the previous night.

“On TV it looks huge, that theatre, but inside it’s not as big as it looks,” she said. “You are sitting in your seat wondering who sat there the night before.”

The rest of their time in California was spent doing the usual tourist stuff. They went on the Warner Bros. studio tour to see how movies are made, they climbed the Hollywood hill and checked out the Santa Monica beach and pier.

“We jam-packed a lot of stuff into the week we were there, but it was a lot of fun,” Smith said. “Now I’m back home and it’s back to reality.”


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Re: Couple back to earth after soaring with the stars at Oscars

Post by Katiedot on Thu Feb 26 2015, 06:37

Wait - George Clooney was at a Hard Rock cafe?!??

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Re: Couple back to earth after soaring with the stars at Oscars

Post by Sevens on Thu Feb 26 2015, 06:45

OMG George looks so sexy in that photo!
Let's hope he just looks as handsome in his new role in Money Monster...an eloquent sharp TV host

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Post by theminis on Thu Feb 26 2015, 06:47

George looks like he is turning back the clock, so handsome but isn't he always?

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Post by Sevens on Thu Feb 26 2015, 09:09

theminis wrote:George looks like he is turning back the clock, so handsome but isn't he always?
That photo just made my day. Sexiest George in a while.

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Re: Couple back to earth after soaring with the stars at Oscars

Post by it's me on Thu Feb 26 2015, 12:28

sorry
old pic HIMO

wasn't the 
Hard Rock Cafe thing with 
Sasha Baron Cohen?

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this was taken when he had a tux on

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu Feb 26 2015, 14:42

George looks awesome, sexy and handsome as ever but I am scratching my head.  He looks younger in this picture.  And he and Amal were athe night before Oscar party with Spielberg and others wearing a different suit and looking grayer.

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Post by it's me on Thu Feb 26 2015, 16:55

he surely seems jumping back and forth around his age
it happened many times IMO 

it depends on his health 
stress
cure or not cure about himself

but those pics are not same time
nor suit too

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Feb 26 2015, 21:56

it's me wrote:sorry
old pic HIMO

wasn't the 
Hard Rock Cafe thing with 
Sasha Baron Cohen?

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No that was in Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar if the articles are correct

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Feb 26 2015, 21:59

Donnamarie wrote:George looks awesome, sexy and handsome as ever but I am scratching my head.  He looks younger in this picture.  And he and Amal were athe night before Oscar party with Spielberg and others wearing a different suit and looking grayer.

I think and I only guess now, that on the day were several Oscar Partys in LA. Maybe George attended the Party with Spielberg and before or after he went to the hard Rock Cafe and changed for the Event as he didn't Need to Dress smart for the Hard Rock Cafe. Maybe he did "Party hoping" Laughing Laughing

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Post by amaretti on Thu Feb 26 2015, 23:31

George could make an appearance at many parties in one night . Very Happy

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Post by Katiedot on Fri Feb 27 2015, 05:06

We've been saying for years that his hair changes colour (ie: looks darker and less grey) from occasion to occasion. While I wouldn't rule out hair dye (although I don't think he uses it except when required for a role) I think it has a lot more to do with the lighting in the picture and how much gel/was/pomade he's used.

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Post by Donnamarie on Fri Feb 27 2015, 14:15

Katidot I will always be one of the first to say that George's hair color changes with the light. In brighter light his hair looks grayer.   I really don't think George colors his hair.  And on the face of it there is no question to raise about when this picture was taken.  I usually don't obsess about such things.  But as soon as I saw this picture thought he looked younger and he is wearing a tux.  You can see his bow tie is undone and laying against his white shirt.  sure he could be party hopping but what's with the tux? I'm confused and can't explain it.  So I'll just let it go.

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Post by Doug Ross on Fri Feb 27 2015, 14:42

It seems and old photo to me.. Maybe 2007

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Post by annemarie on Fri Feb 27 2015, 15:35

It does look like an old picture George looks older now.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri Feb 27 2015, 21:01

This doesn't make sense. I guess he could be at several different places in one night, but why would he wear a tux to a club and a casual suit to a more formal event? And how did he turn back the clock, because he definitely looks a good ten years younger in this picture than he has for a while? It's a puzzlement.   scratch scratch

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Post by PigPen on Sun Mar 01 2015, 18:23

It's a puzzlement. So was his getting married!

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun Mar 01 2015, 21:34

PP - That was way beyond a puzzlement. It was a dead-on. full blown WTF???!!!! Very Happy

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Post by iamnoone on Mon Mar 02 2015, 00:05

George looks better than he has in years in that picture, thank you for posting it.

don't care what it is he looks great.  One of these days I'll catch up with bills enough to catch up with his movies Razz

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Post by it's me on Mon Mar 02 2015, 00:30

around GNGL time
IMO

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