Oscar Night On The Red Carpet OTRC

If you missed the live broadcast of Oscar Night On The Red Carpet “OTRC”, or “On The Red Carpet” fashion breakdown, I am sure you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch a rebroadcast or perhaps a distilled sound bite of the best dressed and the not so best dressed.  Oprah presented at the Oscars and has special coverage on her own show.  Jimmy Kimmel delivers his own brand of humor to the Oscars after the fact. This was the first year I watched most of it.  I must admit there is a lot to like about the show this year.  The red carpet was a highly polished and only moderately annoying at times glitz-fest with a bevy of hosts, interviewers and “exclusive access” with maps showing the various important red carpet spots and what we are told is the first time ever inside the famous “green room” where presenters and nominees get to mingle during the show.  It is mostly about the fashion but to be honest, this year the interviews were varied and along with the designer and jewelry accoutrement,  the Q&A with the stars was more personal and I liked that.

That being said, and all things being equal, the boo-boos were minimal and the successes quite enjoyable.  I missed the fashion no-no’s and the harsh criticism which I recommend.  I am glad the shaky-cam in the crowd did not last long.  Usually good ideas like that get by some producers and go on far too long before the real world chaos makes a shambles of the best made plans.  I for one noticed some audio issues that started on the red carpet and at times during the actual award show.  I am not sure if it was a big problem but worth noting for the note takers.  It was also refreshing that redundancy was kept to a minimum, unlike years past, where films and filmmakers, actresses and actors were showcased ad infinitum while someone, presumably talented but no less disappointing host rambled on about the color of so-and-so’s dress or the bejeweled necks of some other as they passed by.  I think it helped to have so many hosts to cut back and forth from, and ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was notably the best host of the evening.

Of particular merit was the segment of interview’s with the mother’s of various filmmakers and performers.  It was interesting to make the connection with say Mark Wahlberg’s mom or cinematographer Matthew Libatique.  The inside personal stories keep the big stars human, they give us a connection to them because we all have moms and we want to do our best for them, because of them.  I was also drawn to several commercials and more importantly their brevity.  I expected to be nauseated by the same commercial over and over, which was not the case, and actually enjoyed some of the more inventive ones – like the Best Buy commercial with “Ozzy” Osbourne and Justin Bieber, the talking dog for Petco, and a random moment advertising Charlie Sheen and an upcoming interview on 20/20 where he states, “I’m on a drug.  It’s called Charlie Sheen.”

All in all OTRC was a successful and enjoyable preface to the awards show, an opportunity to view the chaos and atmosphere of the throngs of fans and others without leaving your house.  I’m not sure if there were different producers from last year or the year before that or if the same producers stepped it up a notch – no matter, this was a well produced show that was about the fashion, as it has been, but also a stylistic preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards show to follow.

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Rory Dean is a multi-medium artist, writer and new media strategist with a background as a creative consultant and technology liaison in the San Francisco Bay Area. His broad experiences and specialties include print-to-web publicity, promotions and design marketing using traditional and social media networks. As a motion pictures and television professional, his short films, productions and commercials have screened to domestic and international audiences. His connections to a diverse client base include artists, entertainers, corporations, non-profits and everyday people.. Dean is co-owner and founder of Dissave Pictures, a boutique production company focusing on audio, video, photography and multi-media designs. Dean's personal and professional background includes dreaming and avid notebook journaling, creative and copy writing, promotions and marketing, audio/video production, photography, videography, editing, web design and new media. He’s also a fan of collaboration and knows when to turn the reigns over, offer feedback, lead the team and step aside. His portfolio includes print, online, film, video, photography, graphic design and promotions. He’ll show you. He has a book and everything. "When not juggling various online worlds, I do a pretty good mime – but that’s another story."
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7 Responses to Oscar Night On The Red Carpet OTRC

  1. Em says:

    I think my grandma would wear the dress that Michelle Williams did. Other than that, it’s a good best dressed list.

    • rorydean says:

      Ha, I actually didn’t get a good look at it. I suppose she was going for something vintage – I think someone had a Versace dress (the blue one?) but mostly a lot of very expensive clothes and jewels to match. I was really happy with the Red Carpet show – though some were displeased there wasn’t more dirt. cheers->

  2. Rory.I bet you know what the best part was for me of all of it.And the Oscars was actually enjoyable except that I do not see you up there yet.And I say :YET”, for I know it will happen in the future.. But anyway…I enjoyed it when the man and woman who got best picture for a documentary, won. And be fore he made a thank you speech he pointed that since his film that out of the 37 odd BIG WIGS in the banking corps who brought us all down, with greed and corruption.NOT one has yet been held accountable or done jail time for any of their evil.I loved that the best!
    I love your review Rory.
    Best wishes:James

    • rorydean says:

      Thanks Jim. I guess if I were to think about what it was that really affected you it would be that moment. I actually commented to Melissa about it, that it was an important message and best of all a brief one. Awards are a funny place to be political, it’s relevant but also uncomfortable because the award represents the level of accomplishment you and your work achieved. Sadly most documentaries don’t draw the audience they should but lets face it, we all need uplifting stories that remind us what it is like to be triumph over hardship, to persevere and to ultimately achieve your dreams. Thanks for your kind words. Best0>

  3. rajpal says:

    The red carpet is all about the fashion and the expensive jewlery. I don’t see any value in it personally speaking but I guess it gives peoples soemthing to write about. I agree with what you wrote about the interviews. I guess they were interesting seeing the people behind the movies and not just the actors being actors. Where are the reviews of the shows?thx

    • rorydean says:

      Hey, thanks for dropping by. I agree, the OTRC is definitely geared toward fashion but this year it seemed like a better produced segment, more interviews, and the use of technology to “keep things moving” was superior than previous years. See my other comments about the show. Best->

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