The Red Carpet beckons and surely you would look better sitting there than the dufuses pictured above. For one week, from noon PST September 19 until noon PST September 26 (yes, that means now), fans can enter a random online drawing to win one of 300 bleacher seats available to watch the red carpet arrivals at the 78th Academy Awards on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Those interested in securing seats — and if you were going to be in town that day, who wouldn’t? — must log on to oscars.org/bleachers this week and click on “Continue to Registration Page” for the online application form.
To be eligible, an individual must complete the form in its entirety. Applications may only be submitted online. Forms may “not be returned via U.S. mail, fax or private delivery service such as UPS or FedEx,” because none of those delivery methods would be, um, online. Got it?
Online bleacher application forms can register one person or groups up to four, but only one form will be accepted per person or group.
Applicants successful in the random drawing will be notified by Monday, October 3. Fans selected in this first phase of the process will be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval – and their first-born child. Eligible attendees will be notified of their approval by December 1. Once approved, participants will receive a confirmation letter with additional information pertinent to the event. No one will be admitted without the official Academy confirmation letter.
This year marks the fourth year that applications have been required for bleacher seats. Last year over 21,000 fans applied online for the limited seats available – hey, a 1.4% chance is WAY better than the lottery.