Behind the Screen: Oscar Secrets

If you're anything like us, you've already seen the stars' outfits, and digested all the recaps there are to read from this year's 88th Academy Awards. One member of our BYT team, LOUIS CHESLAW, was lucky enough to be in attendance at the this year's ceremony, and discovered some things that the reports don't mention...

  • The Red Carpet has a fast lane: It's reserved exclusively for A-Listers who've chosen not to make themselves available for red carpet interviews, and permits the biggest names in the industry to speed past the crowds and reach the theatre unscathed by questions, or fans requesting selfies.
     
  • The presenters don't read actually read the nominee's names: Rather, the announcements are pre-recorded by the respective presenters to ensure that there are no errors in pronunciation (and to take some pressure off their shoulders!) 
     
  • Take too long in the bathroom and you're shut out of the theatre: ...but only for a few minutes. During the numerous breaks for commercials, guests will frequently hurry out for a drink, or to use the restrooms. However miss the two-minute time allowance and you'll have to watch on a screen in the bar outside the theatre. This, however, isn't such a bad thing - many of the night's biggest names choose to spend their evening having conversations in the downstairs bar. Turns out the place to be at the ceremony isn't inside the ceremony at all! 
     
  • There are surprisingly few rules: This list might have been far more extensive, however there are actually surprisingly few rules for attendees. The Academy clearly trusts its members to comport themselves appropriately, and thus places few limitations on its guests. For example, if for whatever reason you wanted to go and stand around the first few rows, and pretend to be nominated while eavesdropping on celebrities wishing Leonardo DiCaprio good luck, you're free to do so. Not that anyone here would ever do such a thing...