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February 26, 2014

On the red carpet

Movie buffs get chance to see stars

Watching the Academy Awards is an annual affair for movie lovers Suzy Smalley and Mimi Myers. They fix an elegant meal, enjoy champagne or special drinks, and sit back to watch the ceremony on the television screen. Sometimes, they even dress up in formal wear.

This year, their routine will change a bit — when they go to Los Angeles to see those stars in person.

“We’re so excited we can barely stand it,” Myers said.

Last fall, Myers entered the ABC Ultimate Oscar Red Carpet Fan Experience Sweepstakes, and learned toward the end of the year that her name was one of 50 chosen.

She, Smalley and winners of other contests will be seated in bleachers outside the theater Sunday afternoon and watch celebrities walk down the red carpet. When that event ends, they will be taken to a theater across the street so they can watch the awards program on a big screen and eat a catered dinner.

Although they won’t actually be in the same room as the actors, they’ll be a few feet away during the red carpet event.

“We get a direct-line view of the celebrities,” Smalley said, adding that sometimes the celebrities will stop and chat with people in the front two rows.

She said there will be 10 rows of bleachers, and she expects 100-300 people or more in the stands. The two women don’t know where they will be seated.

They hope to catch a glimpse of all their favorites: Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt McConaughey, Bette Midler and Pink.

Myers is disappointed that George Clooney is not expected to show up, and Smalley had hoped to see Barbra Streisand.

The two women leave Friday for L.A. and return Monday. They have a free day Saturday, when a former college friend of Smalley’s will show them the sights.

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