Red Carpet Treatment II

March 2, 2007

Reuters Senior EIC, Entertainment Pictures Sam Mircovich recounts his experiences running Reuters coverage of the Oscar Awards, illustrated by some of his favourite images from the event…

Actor Forrest Whitaker arrives for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons in West Hollywood February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

It’s over. The red carpet is rolled up, the stands have disappeared and the long night of anticipation and parties has ended. The 79th Annual Academy Awards will go down in the annals as the year an American Idol reject outshone a superstar and one of the most talented directors of our times was finally recognized by his peers.
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Martin Scorsese (L) hugs Stephen Spielberg in front of George Lucas after winning the Oscar for best director for ‘The Departed’ at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

From my own perspective, months of planning dissolved into a slow-motion dream as I focused on selecting the best of the thousands of images streaming from our four photographers covering the red carpet arrivals.

The red carpet is first and foremost a fashion show and can be completely overwhelming for a newcomer. Nominees, other A-listers and the occasional oddity all compete for attention and it is essential to know exactly who you are looking for.
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Actress Jodie Foster arrives on the red carpet at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

On the inside the Academys decision to delay the actor awards until later in the show this year increased the deadline pressure on our photographers waiting for the winners backstage. When the first of them finally arrived two hours later the editing team leapt into high gear, then waited with baited breath with UK papers snapping at our heels for Dame Helen Mirren to show up only to find that when she did she was accompanied by three other winning actors which delayed solo pictures of her by a further 15 minutes. Fortunately, our pictures of her accepting her Oscar onstage were already moving.Beyonce.jpg
Director Stephen Spielberg (R) takes a picture of host Ellen DeGeneres (2nd L) and Clint Eastwood (C) as singer and actress Beyonce (L) looks on at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Dozens of stars, hundreds of pictures and three after-Oscars parties later I headed back to my hotel room, the last of the Reuters onsite team to leave. On the way I found a pair of abandoned designer sunglasses which next morning I left in my hotel for the maid, hoping to pass on to her a little of the glamour of the event.

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