Behind The Scenes – 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013

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Whether or not Bette Davis named the Oscar after her husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson or Margaret Herrick, an Academy Executive Secretary first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette’s reminding her of her “Uncle Oscar” really doesn’t matter. After all these years one thing is for sure…we LOVE the Oscars! This style spy was on a mission to bring you some of the behind the scenes highlights from the 85th Annual Academy Awards (and not the pipe bursting in the ladies room flooding the lobby either). I wanted to take a closer look at the chaos behind the party to see what went into making the Academy Awards Show a reality. The nitty-gritty stuff you don’t get to see. The technicians, editors, videographers, hosts and wizards working their magic for weeks to ensure the Oscars go off without a hitch. Whether it’s Wolfgang Pucks team arriving days before or engineers completing complicated high wire acts, it’s the ground floor people who make it possible for the stars to shine!

Once I secured credentials there was no turning back. It was time to stop driving with the emergency brake on and put the pedal to the metal and that’s exactly what I did. Dodging photographers and press on the famed red carpet leading to the Dolby Theater, each member of the media scrambled to capture the excitement. (BTW, what’s a nice girl like me doing on the red carpet without a drink in her hand? Those security guys are no joke, when they say no food or drink they mean it. My prop bottle of Moet Chandon from my camera bag never got opened). So how did a local novice Laguna Beach blogger end up here you ask? Quite simply, I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Just look at the line-up, CNN, The New York Times, The Today Show, Local stations and The Food Stalker! I earned my place with the big dawgs. God Bless America baby!

As we all know, the Oscar’s red carpet is seen by over a billion people and let’s face it, that stroll is no cakewalk. Photographs and videos appear in magazines and on the Web and are sent to mobile phones immediately. One bad move and you’re toast!  Plus you’ll get the wrath of Joan Rivers worst dressed list! Taking the right risks can mean the difference between icon status or plus-one territory. I loved the simplicity of this years gowns in soft whites, champagne and neutral tones combined with stunning hairstyles. It was truly a night for Hollywood style glamour and this fearless Food Stalker was thankful her designer shoes had served her well.

One of the highlights of my year was meeting Wolfgang Puck and interviewing him for the Oscars. Continuing the legacy, each year he wows guests, by serving them a cornucopia of Oscar related foods. Did you know there would be 1500 bottles of liquid happiness (champagne), 1300 farmed oysters and over 600 Maine Lobsters served at the blowout shindig called The Governor’s Ball? By the way, thanks Wolfie for remembering me with a wink, wine and a hug to celebrate my Anniversary at Spago.

It’s pretty clear that from my first taste of champagne at the age of ten (sorry Mom, I took my first sip at a Christmas dinner as you stirred the rice pudding in the oven) to my near-spiritual rendezvous with oysters years later, I’ve always loved a life of wine, fashion, bubbly and yes, more importantly…chocolate. If only I could have taken a few of those buff chocolate Oscar’s home with me…


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  1. Debra Oakland

    February 27, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Wow, you did an amazing job capturing the essence of the Oscars…sharing the behind the scenes rarely seen. Not only did you look Oscar worthy, so does your film and photos. I say Cheers to the amazing Food Stalker – Sandie Ward!! Champagne’s on me…Muah

  2. thefoodstalker

    February 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Deb, you are my number one cheerleader girl! Most kind of you to take a few moments to write such a kind note. We may not see one another often, but you are always close at heart! Now about that drink….

  3. The Blender Girl

    February 28, 2013 at 3:38 am

    How fun! No doubt about you food stalker! You always find a way :) Love it! xx

  4. thefoodstalker

    February 28, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Ms. Tess Masters aka The Blender Girl…you have always been a BIG inspiration to me from the very start….I admire your talent, creativity & drive! Things are juts heating up baby…xooxox

    • The Blender Girl

      February 28, 2013 at 4:27 am

      You are so sweet. Yes, I can’t wait to see what you do next :)

With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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