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February 26, 2014

On the red carpet

Movie buffs get chance to see stars


They arrive at 8:30 a.m. Sunday outside the Dolby Theatre to hear all of the rules and learn the logistics. The red carpet event starts around 1 p.m. and lasts about four hours. Then they will go across the street to the El Capitan to watch the ceremony.

Smalley said the onlookers are allowed to bring cameras. Also, officials told them to wear comfortable clothes and not dress up.

However, just in case, Smalley and Myers don’t want to be caught on camera in casual clothing, so they’ll be wearing nice sundresses.

“I’m not going to be in jeans and a T-shirt in Hollywood,” Myers said.

Smalley suggested people watch the red carpet event Sunday afternoon on E! entertainment channel, adding, “Maybe you can see us in the background gawking.”

The only downside is that California is expecting torrential rains this week. The red carpet area will be covered for the day, Smalley said, so they won’t get soaking wet. Still, she’s disappointed that she won’t have sunny weather on her first trip to California. Myers has been to California before.

Myers said their first task when they land is to buy cheap umbrellas.

While preparing for the trip, the two have been in contact with other contest winners through a special Facebook page.

They will stay at a hotel within walking distance of the theater, which Smalley booked in December.

Being part of the Oscars in person is exciting for the movie buffs, who make a nice evening out of watching the ceremonies.

“We love to watch the Oscars together,” Smalley said. “It’s special to us.”

“I’m a huge movie nut. We both are,” Myers said.

Besides loving movies, both women are involved in local theater, including Danville Light Opera and Red Mask. Smalley has been involved for years, while Myers has just started acting.

FYI Television coverage of the Academy Awards begins at 6 p.m. (Central time) Sunday on ABC. E! Channel will cover the pre-Oscar events, starting at 12:30 p.m.

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