Hey kids, ready for the Oscars yet? Though the Academy Awards are a good six months away (Feb. 26, 2012), Hollywood is already gearing up for the big event. Studios are jostling around, preparing their best films for late-year Oscar-qualification runs, and PR departments are getting ready to run overtime to promote stars, directors and films for next year's campaign. Where does that leave you, the fan? Well, if you're lucky, in the bleachers on Hollywood Boulevard.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is conducting a random drawing to fill the bleachers along the red carpet with 700 lucky fans who fill out and send back an online application at www.oscars.org/bleachers.
The applications will be available Monday and must be completed and submitted by midnight ET/9PM PT on Sunday, Sept. 18. In previous years, more than 20,000 fans applied online, making your odds of getting a slot much better than winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
Ready, set, go! Check out the official AMPAS announcement below.
Beverly Hills, CA – Movie fans can soon vie for seats at the most glamorous spot on Hollywood Boulevard, Oscar's Red Carpet.
Beginning on Monday, September 12, at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, and continuing for only one week, fans from around world may apply online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 84th Academy Awards® red carpet.
There are only 700 seats available along the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Those who are selected will watch and cheer Oscar nominees, presenters and other ceremony guests as they arrive at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Following the red carpet arrivals, everyone seated in the bleachers will be invited to watch the Academy Awards telecast at a nearby location.
The application form will be available at www.oscars.org/bleachers. The application process will close on Sunday, September 18, at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT.
To be eligible for the random drawing, an individual must complete the application form in its entirety. Applications may only be submitted online; they may not be returned via any other method.
Applicants may register for themselves and one guest. Duplicate registrations will not be accepted.
Those whose names are selected in the random drawing will be notified in late September. They will then be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Eligible attendees will receive a confirmation letter in early January with information pertinent to the event.
Only those individuals who have been pre-approved by the Academy will have access to the bleachers. Those who wait overnight to attempt admittance will not be granted entry.
The Academy will not be responsible for securing travel and/or hotel accommodations for bleacher fans.
In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the limited number of red carpet seats.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.