Having picked up the actual Oscar statuette quite a few times, it is time to announce that, you too, can do the same.
The Oscar statuettes will take a tour starting Feb. 4 in New York. The cross country tour ends, of course, in Hollywood, on Feb. 24, the day of the Oscars. Now, Oscar is, according to some, the most recognized trophy in the world. It is also highly protected. Getting to hold one is something that not everyone gets a chance to do.
And winning one is a different story. Holding one that is from an actual winner is really a prize. I was honored to have done that over the years as I walked the red carpet. These Oscars will not be from an actual winner. It will be one of those, which are manufactured in Chicago, that very well could have been destined for a winner. Instead it was put aside for this purpose.
The trip is planned but that doesn't mean a detour is not in order. According to the planners, they note: "We’ve got some idea of where we’re going – see the schedule on the side of this page – but a lot of this adventure is going to be decided on the fly based on where you tell us to go." You are encouraged to follow the trip.
Follow @OscarRoadTrip on Twitter and tweet using #OscarRoadTrip to let them know where you’d like to see them bring Oscar. "We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country," said Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy.
Feb. 4 - New York
Feb. 6 - Philadelphia
Feb. 7 - Washington, D.C.
Feb. 8 - Baltimore
Feb. 11 - Chicago
Feb. 13 - St. Louis
Feb. 14- Kansas City
Feb. 17- Houston
Feb. 18- Dallas
Feb .21 - Phoenix
Feb. 24 - Hollywood
"The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette."