Archive for February 2013

The Surreal Scenes Lining LA’s Streets

Driving home from work one day, I noticed a buzz of people.  At the stop sign, I took a closer look at what was happening.  It was a full scale photo shoot, complete with professional lighting, assistants, hair & makeup artists, the whole nine.  I love that, even doing something as mundane as driving home from work, in this town, there are always artistic ventures happening, around nearly every corner.

MySurreaLife close up Oscars

MySurreal Photos of the Oscars Venue

Wow!  An empty theater where, just hours earlier, the world’s most famous faces sat to be a part of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. So surreal!  There are two photos of the gorgeous stage set up, with all the tiny Oscar figures in an arc over the stage and in a honeycomb structure behind the arc.  I loved when they were playing with the lighting. I think I snapped a shot at just the right time.  The arc was purple, the Oscars’ gold tint shining through and the honeycomb a sea green/blue.

My team and I were seated in the wings for the Live with Kelly & Michael show this year.  We watched essentially from the side of the stage.  Awesome vantage point rarely seen.

The photo I took of Kelly & Michael on stage was taken during a commercial break.  Carson Kressley & Maria Menounos were reading the cue cards for the next segment and Kelly Ripa was telling a funny story about how much she hates posing for still photos.  She said when she was posing on the red carpet that the photographers asked her to look over her shoulder for a back shot of her and she said when she turned to do that pose, she felt more like she probably looked like the hobbit Gollum from Lord of the Rings.  She was a funny lady telling that story.

The other photos are of the Hollywood & Highland center, a locale I visit often on shopping excursions.  It struck me how different it looked with a lot of pipe & red draping.  Everything is so transformed for these events.  It constantly amazes me.  And finally, the photo of the beautiful white roses.  I couldn’t resist.  They were so pretty.  And of course, I stopped to smell them.


MySurreaLife at the Oscars venue

It was 4:15am when I started writing this post. I was sitting in the Dolby Theater where, just hours earlier, some of the most famous faces in the world sat to take part in the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. We were awaiting the rehearsals of the dance troupe The Jabawokeez to be over so we could start getting people seated in the audience. It is really amazing how much work and time goes into the seemingly simple production of one single episode of an audience tv show.

2000+ people were sat in the theater in great time. It was just after 5am when people started being ushered into the majestic theater. The show, live on the East coast, started promptly at 6am here in CA & it went super smooth. Kelly & Michael are great hosts. I don’t watch morning talk shows ever. I can imagine how funny this duo must be on a daily basis. as always, i’m excited to see how the show looks on screen vs how it looked live. Thank goodness for dvr because as soon as I get home, my tired self will be hitting the bed & catching zzz’s I havent had in the past 20 hours.

I’ll post some photos of the beautiful Oscars stage when I get to an area that my phone isn’t mad at my cell carrier. I’m not able to upload media for some reason right now *sad / tired face*

MySurreaLife Experiencing the Independent Spirit Awards First Hand

Waiting at talent arrivals, taking in the scene, LOVING the sun, the breeze & the beautiful ocean view, I took some photos of Jack Black and Paula Patton as they came through security, at two seperate times.  Looking through some online photos from yesterday’s red carpet arrivals, I must say I felt everyone looked much better in person than what I’m seeing “on film” aka online. Laura Dern was about as striking as I’ve ever seen anyone that thin and the photos I’ve seen of her online sadly don’t seem to do her justice.

Yesterday was about as beautiful of a day as a Southern California day can be. Very cliche LA too…celebrities, sun & sand.  Some photos I took yesterday are at the bottom of the post.  I felt it might be pertinent to include the information about nominees and winners from the show as well…

The Independent Spirit Awards gala, hosted by Andy Samberg, was held as a luncheon in a tent on Santa Monica beach on Saturday, Feb 23. The awards were broadcast on IFC at 10 pm EST.

Below is a list of the nominees, with the winners marked with an asterisk:


Beasts of the Southern Wild — Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn

Bernie — Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams

Keep the Lights On — Producers: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs

Moonrise Kingdom — Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin

*WINNER: Silver Linings Playbook — Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon


Wes Anderson — Moonrise Kingdom 

*WINNER: David O. Russell — Silver Linings Playbook

Julia Loktev — The Loneliest Planet

Ira Sachs — Keep the Lights On

Benh Zeitlin — Beasts of the Southern Wild


Wes Anderson — Moonrise Kingdom  

*WINNER: David O. Russell — Silver Linings Playbook

Ira Sachs — Keep the Lights On

Zoe Kazan — Ruby Sparks

Martin McDonagh — Seven Psychopaths


Fill the Void — Director: Rama Burshtein; Producer: Assaf Amir

Gimme the Loot — Director: Adam Leon; Producers: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington

Safety Not Guaranteed — Director: Colin Trevorrow; Producer: Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow,MarcTurtletaub

Sound of My Voice — Director: Zal Batmanglij; Producers: Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin

*WINNER: The Perks of Being a Wallfower — Director: Stephen Chbosky; Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith


*WINNER:  Derek Connolly — Safety Not Guaranteed

Rama Burshstein — Fill the Void

Christopher Ford — Robot & Frank

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack — Celeste and Jesse Forever

Jonathan Lisecki — Gayby


Breakfast with Curtis — Writer/Director/Producer: Laura Colella

*WINNER:  Middle of Nowhere — Writer/Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay; Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes

Mosquita y Mari — Writer/Director:  Aurora Guerrero; Producer: Chad Burris

Starlet — Writer/Director: Sean Baker; Producers: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach,FrancescaSilvestri

The Color Wheel — Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Ross Perry; Writer: Carlen Altman Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith


Linda Cardinelli — Return

Emayatzy Corinealdi — Middle of Nowhere

*WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhane Wallis — Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mary Elizabeth Winstead — Smashed


Jack Black — Bernie

Bradley Cooper — Silver Linings Playbook

*WINNER: John Hawkes — The Sessions

Matthew McConaughey — Killer Joe

Wendell Pierce — Four

Thure Lindhardt — Keep the Lights On


Rosemarie DeWitt — Your Sister’s Sister

Ann Dowd — Compliance  

*WINNER: Helen Hunt — The Sessions

Brit Marling — Sound of My Voice

Lorraine Toussaint — Middle of Nowhere


*WINNER: Matthew McConaughey — Magic Mike

David Oyelowo — Middle of Nowhere

Michael Pena — End of Watch

Sam Rockwell — Seven Psychopaths

Bruce Willis — Moonrise Kingdom


Yoni Brook — Valley of Saints

Lol Crawley — Here  

*WINNER: Ben Richardson — Beasts of the Southern Wild

Roman Vasyanov — End of Watch

Robert Yeoman — Moonrise Kingdom


How to Survive a Plague — Director: David France; Producers: David France, Howard Gertler

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present — Director: Matthew Akers; Producers: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre

The Central Park Five — Directors/Producers: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

*WINNER: The Invisible War — Director: Kirby Dick; Producers: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering

The Waiting Room — Director/Producer: Peter Nicks; Producers: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch


*WINNER: Amour — Director: Michael Haneke

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia — Director:  Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Rust and Bone — Director: Jacques Audiard

Sister — Director: Ursula Meier

War Witch — Director: Kim Nguyen


Nobody Walks –– Producer: Alicia Van Couvering

Prince Avalanche — Producer: Derrick Tseng

*WINNER: Stones in the Sun — Producer: Mynette Louie


Pincus –– Director: David Fenster

 *WINNER: Gimme the Loot — Director: Adam Leon

Electrick Children — Director: Rebecca Thomas


Leviathan –– Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

 *WINNER:  The Waiting Room — Director: Peter Nicks

Only the Young — Directors: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims


*WINNER:   Starlet — Director: Sean Baker; Casting Director: Julia Kim; Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone