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imageHollywood, California – Hollywood is known for its radical and out-of -this-world ideas, and this year’s Oscar ceremonies are not an exception.

When the stars alight from their rented limousines, they will be stepping on the red carpet. Except that the carpet will not be red.

The board of governors the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unanimously voted to approve a plan to  install a rainbow-colored carpet  that will line the arrival area just outside of the Dolby Theater, venue of the 2014 Oscar ceremonies. The decision is Hollywood’s way of celebrating last year’s banner year for marriage equality in the country. To date, 17 of the U.S. states have now legalized same-sex marriage through legislation, the ballot box or the courts.

This announcement sent dozens and dozens of Hollywood stars scrambling to shop for alternative gowns and colors that would not be lost amid the multi-colored walkway.

This year’s production team also sent notices to the stars that as part of the goal to cut down the overall time for the ceremonies by at least two hours, no one will be allowed more than a minute to move through the entire 50-yard walkway. Ladies have been advised to strut along while the men have been asked to jog across the rainbow carpet.image

The queen of fashion police, Joan Rivers, and her daughter were reportedly fuming at this new development, along with the fashion commentators from the major television and cable networks. “It will not only significantly cut our advertising revenue but also the fun that goes with criticizing the gowns, handbags, shoes, jewelry and hair-do’s of the actors, actresses and other celebrities,” they complained.

The national lgbt advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign, praised the decision as expected.


oscarniteHollywood, California – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the 2014 Oscar Awards Night has been moved to a new venue.  And it is not in Hollywood, but in the Philippines.  In an email alert to members of the Hollywood Press Association, the Academy said that because of the importance of the red carpet ceremonies which precede the handing out of the Oscar statuettes to the best of the best in the film industry, it needed to find a venue that can host the all-important “who are you wearing?” pre-festivities. And host it well. The Academy also wanted an international group of fashion police since it’s tired of the aging Joan Rivers and the “E!” anchors and reporters.

Members of the Academy board made the decision after viewing the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Noynoy Aquino at the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly building) last Monday.  The almost two-hour speech (the equivalent of the U.S. State of the Union Address), was preceded by the usual fashion parade of politicians, their spouses and other invited celebrities and guests.  This year’s SONA red carpet was extremely sensational as attendees donned the best creations of the country’s top designers, jewelers and shoemakers.  Designs ranged from flowing ternos (the national dress) and hand-painted barong tagalogs (the national male formal attire) to rainbow-colored, ethnic-inspired gowns and floor-length dangling earrings.fashionista

The morning after front page coverage of all the major dailies highlighted the fashion extravaganza while relegating the text of  Aquino’s speech to their B-2 sections.

“The Philippines sure knows how to stage an elaborate red carpet,” the Academy noted, adding that the change in venue from Hollywood to Quezon City, will ensure a billion or more worldwide viewers of the televised Oscar ceremonies.