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Sandbar
04-24-2014, 02:55 PM
Longshot, I suppose, but has anyone here been a guest at a major awards ceremony (Emmy, Oscar, BAFTA)? I can do (and have done) a certain amount of research via You-Tube and written articles for my story purposes, but was hoping to find a source for a more personal flavor.

Thanks!

Cath
04-24-2014, 04:36 PM
I've PMd someone who *may* be able to help.

ULTRAGOTHA
04-25-2014, 12:06 AM
I think Neil Gaiman blogged about going to the Academy Awards when Coraline was up for one.

Kayley
04-26-2014, 02:12 AM
What info do you need? I attended the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 50th Anniversary Celebration. It's not quite the Academy Awards/Emmys, but it took place in the Dolby Theater and involved a lot of the same elements (celebrity guests like Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, awkward jokes, cutting between breaks, awards, etc.)

Sandbar
04-26-2014, 04:18 PM
Thank you everyone!

Kayley, I'm working on a scene that takes relatively early in the overall story: protag is nominated for an award for Best Supporting (or possibly lead, depending on how the story within a story ends up working), and there's an incident which takes place at the ceremony. YouTube actually has been a bit of help, but I'm hoping to get a bit of a feel for the ambience: how it feels to sit through the ceremony waiting for your moment, the progression of the evening (red carpet to...who seats you? Are you with others who might be nominated from your show-- I assume there's a specific seat assignment. What happens after you leave the stage? Any small standout details you didn't expect...?

I may use the Emmys or I may make up another set of awards entirely, but I'd like for it to ring true, either way...just on the offhand chance anyone who might know better might actually read it.

MaryMumsy
04-27-2014, 05:25 AM
I have not been to any of them, but have known people who were. Note that the Oscars and the Emmys are very different in their physical setting. The Oscars are in a theatre, with rows of seats. The nominees, especially the favorites, will be seated somewhere it is relatively easy for them to get out and up to the stage. The Oscars also uses "seat fillers". Those are non-celebrity people, dressed to the nines, whose job it is to "fill" the seat of a winner/winners. That is so that if the camera pans the crowd there are not gaping holes of empty seats. The Emmys are held in the large ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and seating is like a big fancy dinner party. Round tables and food and drink. All the people from one show are usually seated together, or in close proximity. AFAIK, they do not use seat fillers.

MM

Kayley
04-27-2014, 08:37 AM
Thank you everyone!

Kayley, I'm working on a scene that takes relatively early in the overall story: protag is nominated for an award for Best Supporting (or possibly lead, depending on how the story within a story ends up working), and there's an incident which takes place at the ceremony. YouTube actually has been a bit of help, but I'm hoping to get a bit of a feel for the ambience: how it feels to sit through the ceremony waiting for your moment, the progression of the evening (red carpet to...who seats you? Are you with others who might be nominated from your show-- I assume there's a specific seat assignment. What happens after you leave the stage? Any small standout details you didn't expect...?

I may use the Emmys or I may make up another set of awards entirely, but I'd like for it to ring true, either way...just on the offhand chance anyone who might know better might actually read it.

Yep, like Mary said, seat fillers are common. That's actually what I did at the Sports Illustrated event, so I can't necessarily give the perspective of a celebrity. Here are some details that might help, though:

- All of the celebs were seated in the front section of the audience, while the people in the back were seat fillers. Celebs get up and leave the event all the time between breaks (when the cameras are not on them), so that might factor into your scene. If they aren't up for an award, they might go mingle in the lobby while the show goes on because they care more about networking/hanging out than the ceremony itself. If they are up for an award, they will probably wait until the award is announced.

- Seat assignments for celebs were specific, depending on a number of factors. For example, if they're expected to receive an award, they're usually seated close to the stage to limit transit time. Like Mary said, it's more common to be seated with your cast members if the event has round tables because it's easier to accommodate groups with them.

- Where a celeb goes after accepting an award depends on the show. For the one I attended, they had a picture taken of them while on stage, then walked back to their seats. For bigger events, there is normally an area backstage where winners go to get their pictures taken.

- Celebs are escorted from the red carpet to their seat by staff hired specifically for the event.

mrsmig
04-27-2014, 08:40 AM
I've been to the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. I can tell you that the lighting for any televised award program makes things HOT. I was grateful I was sitting in the back where we at least got a breeze from outside.

Sandbar
04-27-2014, 04:06 PM
I've PMd someone who *may* be able to help.

Cath, she was brilliant! Thank you!

Sandbar
04-27-2014, 04:07 PM
I have not been to any of them, but have known people who were. Note that the Oscars and the Emmys are very different in their physical setting. The Oscars are in a theatre, with rows of seats. The nominees, especially the favorites, will be seated somewhere it is relatively easy for them to get out and up to the stage. The Oscars also uses "seat fillers". Those are non-celebrity people, dressed to the nines, whose job it is to "fill" the seat of a winner/winners. That is so that if the camera pans the crowd there are not gaping holes of empty seats. The Emmys are held in the large ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and seating is like a big fancy dinner party. Round tables and food and drink. All the people from one show are usually seated together, or in close proximity. AFAIK, they do not use seat fillers.

MM

Thank you! I'd wondered about the seat filler thing, actually-- good to know.

Sandbar
04-27-2014, 04:09 PM
Yep, like Mary said, seat fillers are common. That's actually what I did at the Sports Illustrated event, so I can't necessarily give the perspective of a celebrity. Here are some details that might help, though:

- All of the celebs were seated in the front section of the audience, while the people in the back were seat fillers. Celebs get up and leave the event all the time between breaks (when the cameras are not on them), so that might factor into your scene. If they aren't up for an award, they might go mingle in the lobby while the show goes on because they care more about networking/hanging out than the ceremony itself. If they are up for an award, they will probably wait until the award is announced.

- Seat assignments for celebs were specific, depending on a number of factors. For example, if they're expected to receive an award, they're usually seated close to the stage to limit transit time. Like Mary said, it's more common to be seated with your cast members if the event has round tables because it's easier to accommodate groups with them.

- Where a celeb goes after accepting an award depends on the show. For the one I attended, they had a picture taken of them while on stage, then walked back to their seats. For bigger events, there is normally an area backstage where winners go to get their pictures taken.

- Celebs are escorted from the red carpet to their seat by staff hired specifically for the event.

Thank you, Kayley! That's all very helpful!

Sandbar
04-27-2014, 04:10 PM
I've been to the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. I can tell you that the lighting for any televised award program makes things HOT. I was grateful I was sitting in the back where we at least got a breeze from outside.

That explains all those sleeveless, strapless dresses. Pity the poor men in tuxes, then...

Sandbar
04-27-2014, 06:48 PM
If I may, another question: Is what's broadcast the entire actual ceremony in the case of the bigger awards shows? How are smaller awards, like (using the Emmys as an example) "Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie, Non-prosthetic" given? Or do they happen during the commercial breaks?

Kashmirgirl1976
04-28-2014, 01:32 AM
What info do you need? I attended the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 50th Anniversary Celebration. It's not quite the Academy Awards/Emmys, but it took place in the Dolby Theater and involved a lot of the same elements (celebrity guests like Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, awkward jokes, cutting between breaks, awards, etc.)

Hey! I was there too!

mrsmig
04-28-2014, 01:56 AM
If I may, another question: Is what's broadcast the entire actual ceremony in the case of the bigger awards shows? How are smaller awards, like (using the Emmys as an example) "Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie, Non-prosthetic" given? Or do they happen during the commercial breaks?

For the Tony Awards, many of the technical (read: not interesting to the average television viewer) awards, while part of the evening's festivities, are presented before the televised portion of the Awards begins. That non-televised portion moves very briskly and is a lot more casual than the televised material.

katiemac
04-30-2014, 07:33 AM
If I may, another question: Is what's broadcast the entire actual ceremony in the case of the bigger awards shows? How are smaller awards, like (using the Emmys as an example) "Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie, Non-prosthetic" given? Or do they happen during the commercial breaks?

What you see on television is the entire show. Secondary awards that don't make the telecast are given out at another, smaller ceremony beforehand. This past year, for example, Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the Scientific and Technical Awards that took place about two weeks before the Oscars. They release the winners' names.

Usually some airtime is given during the big show to recognizing these award winners but that depends on what the Academy wants and what the producers of the show (different every year, although 2013-2015 will be the same) choose to do. I believe Kristen and Michael appeared in the show this year, gave a short speech and then played a quick montage of the evening.

The only thing you'll miss during commercial breaks are schmoozing and people running to the bathroom.

Sandbar
05-01-2014, 02:24 PM
Thank you! I do appreciate all the help.