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George Clooney and I at the Oscars®

by Katja Presnal maaliskuu 9, 2010

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

9:45 AM
We woke up early on the morning to head to the Oscar® red carpet bleachers, and took a cab to few blocks away from the Kodak Theatre. The Hollywood Boulevard and the few close blocks surrounding the Kodak Theatre were closed. The city was quiet before the storm, and excitement was felt in the smiles of my fellow bloggers and the obvious other tourists walking the famous star-filled Hollywood Boulevard.

10:30 AM
After the security check and getting our bleacher passes, we are shown our seats. Everyone has an assigned seat, and we are so afraid to even think of sitting anywhere else, we don’t want to do anything making The Academy mad. All of us Kodak-invited bloggers are in different bleacher sections, and my seat is right next to the Rock and Roll Mama Lindsay. We are getting so excited and snapping pictures already of the red carpet, and the golden man standing next to it.

12:00 PM
The sun is shining and we are still keeping in good spirits, after just waiting and waiting… But we are in slight sugar high after eating the complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnuts and turkey sandwiches. The red carpet is getting the finishing touches and the last vacuum, and we are just waiting and giddy for the upcoming afternoon.

12:41 PM
Waiting and waiting. And I am getting slightly bored so I keep snapping silly photos, like of my shoes. And hand.

1:15 PM
It starts raining and we are frantically trying to take cover.

It stops raining.

2:30 PM
Finally people start arriving, we get our Kodak cameras snapping photos like there is no tomorrow. I’m trying to remember everyone’s name (”I know she is in that movie with that guy, you know, who was in that other movie with..”) and trying to focus my camera. It’s sort of surreal, and at times we are in euphoria seeing the stars we have been admiring for years. And some make us mad. Like Zac Efron – he doesn’t stop even for one photo for my kids.

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney
Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

3:13 PM
Matt Damon arrives and I realize that I am no good at being a paparazzi. I don’t know if I should just soak this moment in, or try to take photos. People are going crazy at the bleachers next to us. George Clooney just arrived. O-M-G. George Clooney. Even hottie Mattie becomes second next to Clooney’s charisma. Clooney is giving autographs at the bleacher next to us, and I can not focus that damn camera. I am trying to take a picture of a living legend, but I don’t think I even know if the camera is on (it wasn’t).

Then the climax happens and George Clooney comes to our bleacher section and right in the front of me and looks at me.
I know that he is coming to give autographs for the people at our bleacher section too. But my brain has a temporary malfunction, and I can not think of giving anything for him to sign. So I reach out to him.. and give my.. hand? I don’t know what I was thinking, and the brainfart that I am having also makes me unable to say anything. (it was probably best that I just smiled, at that point the words would not have impressed anyone)

George has seen this all before. So he just softly touches my hand, the top of my hand, and squeezes gently. It takes at least 10 seconds, which is in the red carpet world an eternity.


George Clooney just touched my hand.

Once I come down from clooneyphoria, all I can think is ”I have to tweet this”.

Obviously, the rest of the night was irrelevant, I got The Award Winning Experience of the lifetime.

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Disclosure: I’ve been a George Clooney fan for a long time, and never missed a Kodak moment like this before. But I still love Kodak and am forever thankful for them inviting me to the Kodak Red Carpet Bleachers.

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[…] have one once-in-a-lifetime photoless story for you – it’s when I was at the Academy Awards red carpet taking photos of the celebrities walking to attend the Oscars. Suddenly George Clooney, yes, THE […]

Tara maaliskuu 12, 2010 at 19:49

I am beyond jealous, especially about GC! wow wow wow

The Well-Versed Mom maaliskuu 11, 2010 at 11:53

Wow. Just — wow. How cool for you. I’m sooooooo very envious.

As I watched the red carpet show with my 10-year-old and ogled George Clooney from my couch, she said, ”Who’s that? He’s hideous!”

I think she’s probably found a good new home by now.

Naomi maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 22:22


Donna Presnal maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 17:09

I loved your commentary! So real! We feel like we are there with you!
What a trip!!

niri maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 15:32

Clooney touched your hand??? I would have fainted girl!

SO happy to live these amazing moments through you Katja!

sarah (GenMom) maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 14:27

How totally fun! I am so glad you were there to bring it to all of us!!

Angie maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 13:40

Love this! George Clooney touched your hand! You are my role model!

Amy Lupold Bair maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 12:18

Okay, so I’m sure you already noticed this, but just in case you haven’t….

Quentin Tarantino was totally looking right at you and smiling. And waving. How cool are you?

What an amazing experience and how perfect to happen to such fabulous ladies. Congrats!

kristy (wormdrink) maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 09:27

I had soooo much fun watching the commotion on TV and following you & RockandRollMama Lindsay Maines on Twitter…what a fabulous world we live in!

SelfishMom maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 09:04

Oh, Clooney. Seriously, I think I would have been more tongue-tied than you.

Erica Mueller maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 08:58

Huge Clooney fan here! Would have died to know I was in the same town with him, let alone see him him person. Have him smile at me? Faint!


So glad you had a fabulous time.

Fran Magbual maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 03:47

Sounds like you had an amazing time! I doubt I would have been as composed as you seemed to be after having George Clooney actually touch your hand!!! And why is it the young actors like Zac Efron that think they’re above rubbing elbows (or tops of hands) with regular people? He should take lessons from Mr. Clooney’s grace. There’s a reason why he’s where he is in the industry.

Stina maaliskuu 10, 2010 at 00:53

WOW!!! I SO wanna be you!!! :)) Very exciting! No, mä olisin stressannut itseni vatsahaavaiseksi, joten ehkä kuitenkin parasta että se olit sinä kun sinne pääsit, enkä minä :)).


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