A friend of mine was once a seat-saver during the Oscar award ceremony. That meant that he sat in the seat of a celebrity if a celebrity had to go to the toilet or got up for some reason. Basically, my friend seat-hopped. The purpose of the hopping is so when the cameras pan the audience, people are actually sitting in seats. Empty seats might meant the event is a yawn, I guess. Now, I have no idea if that means celebrities just can’t stay seated or how many seat-savers there are but my friend had a blast and it was a way to see celebrities during the Oscars.
With the Oscars tomorrow, seat-saving is out of the question, but you still can get some celebrity sightings if that’s your thing. Basically, go to where celebrities go after the ceremony. Not the parties, but the restaurant haunts. After all that getting in and out of seats, they’re bound to be hungry, right? Here are some restaurants where celebrities might be. Some are owned by them.
Ago Restaurant, 8478 Melrose Ave West Hollywood. 323/655-6333. (owned by Robert DeNiro)
Koi – 730 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 310/659-9449
Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons – 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, 310/273-2222.
Pink’s Hot Dogs-709 N. La Brea Blvd. 323/931-4223.
Chi- 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323/848-3884. (inside the Hyatt and co-owned by Justin Timberlake)
Dolce – 8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323/852-7174. (owned by celebrities including Dule Hill of West Wing and Ashton Kutcher.)
The Continental, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323/782-9717. (started by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck)