My Oscar night out
FORMER Ipswich Advertiser journalist Brenton Garen mingled with Hollywood superstars during the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
He was in the middle of the TV action at Los Angeles’ biggest Oscar viewing gala, the Night of 100 Stars at The Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday Ipswich time.
The 23-year-old has worked at The Beverly Hills Courier since May last year, and the newspaper is now expanding into broadcast through an online partnership with Fox News.
The Night of 100 Stars Oscar gala attracts more than 100 of Hollywood’s stars.
Notable stars on the red carpet included Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), Billy Bob Thornton, Buzz Aldrin, David James Elliott (JAG), Dennis Haysbert (24), Doris Roberts (Everyone Loves Raymond), Ernest Borgnine, Jason Ritter (The Event), Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg), LL Cool J, Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Meatloaf, Mimi Rogers, Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Seinfeld), Stephen Collins (No Ordinary Family) and Tanya Roberts (Charlie’s Angels).
“The Night of 100 Stars is an Oscar viewing party in its 21st year where celebrities come to watch the Academy Awards ceremony on dozens of screens,” Mr Garen said.
“It was an amazing evening that was a mix of interviewing old Hollywood stars as well as the new, younger actors that are bursting onto the scene.
“I enjoyed interviewing Doris Roberts, from Everyone Loves Raymond. She’s appearing on an episode of The Middle this week, which stars Patricia Heaton, so she had a lot to say about being reunited with her on set.
“My interview with Ernest Borgnine was great. He just celebrated his 94th birthday and the organisers of Night of 100 Stars presented him with a plaque for his 60 years of acting.
“It was also great talking to stars about their current shows, like Patrick Warburton who is on Rules of Engagement and Family Guy, Stephen Collins who stars on No Ordinary Family and Jason Ritter on The Event.”
More than 50 previous Oscar winners and nominees also made an appearance.
Mr Garen, an Ipswich Advertiser reporter from 2005 to 2008, moved to the bright lights of Los Angeles in 2008.
“Being in the centre of the entertainment industry keeps us busy, that’s for sure,” Mr Garen said.
“The trial of Michael Jackon’s doctor in March next month will be an even bigger media circus.”