Had a great time hosting the Empire Art Center’s very first Red Carpet Celebration last night. Thanks to everybody who got all dressed up, flossed their teeth and everything, to watch the Oscars on the Empire’s big screen with us.
We had wonderful food from Sanders and the Toasted Frog, wine from Happy Harry’s and desserts from the Canad Inns, and some people walked away with great prizes including gift certifications from Heelz, Avant and copies of Robert Osborne’s 80 Years of Oscar. The winner of our Oscar predictions contest, Lara Anderson, went home with a beautiful topaz and diamond necklace created especially for the event by River City Jewelers. How lucky is that?
The television broadcast had a slightly different look and feel to it this year. Even Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke and Jerry Lewis behaved themselves.
New host Hugh Jackman was a good as everyone expected he would be. He and I have a lot in common:
He starred in X-men. I saw X-men.
He’s been voted Sexiest Man Alive. I’m "alive."
He’s a charming, talented entertainer, as comfortable in front of the camera as he is on stage. OK, the similaries end there.
Anne Zimmer’s Red Carpet Celebration committee worked for months putting it all together. Thanks, everybody.