George Clooney and I at the Oscars®

March 9, 2010 Katja Presnal

George Clooney and I at the Oscars®

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

9:45 AM We woke up early on the morning to head to the Oscar® red carpet bleachers, and took a cab to few blocks away from the Kodak Theatre. The Hollywood Boulevard and the few close blocks surrounding the Kodak Theatre were closed. The city was quiet before the storm, and excitement was felt in the smiles of my fellow bloggers and the obvious other tourists walking the famous star-filled Hollywood Boulevard. 10:30 AM After the security check and getting our bleacher passes, we are shown our seats. Everyone has an assigned seat, and we are so afraid to even think of sitting anywhere else, we don’t want to do anything making The Academy mad. All of us Kodak-invited bloggers are in different bleacher sections, and my seat is right next to the Rock and Roll Mama Lindsay. We are getting so excited and snapping pictures already of the red carpet, and the golden man standing next to it. 12:00 PM The sun is shining and we are still keeping in good spirits, after just waiting and waiting… But we are in slight sugar high after eating the complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnuts and turkey sandwiches. The red carpet is getting the finishing touches and the last vacuum, and we are just waiting and giddy for the upcoming afternoon. 12:41 PM Waiting and waiting. And I am getting slightly bored so I keep snapping silly photos, like of my shoes. And hand. 1:15 PM It starts raining and we are frantically trying to take cover. It stops raining. 2:30 PM Finally people start arriving, we get our Kodak cameras snapping photos like there is no tomorrow. I’m trying to remember everyone’s name (“I know she is in that movie with that guy, you know, who was in that other movie with..”) and trying to focus my camera. It’s sort of surreal, and at times we are in euphoria seeing the stars we have been admiring for years. And some make us mad. Like Zac Efron – he doesn’t stop even for one photo for my kids.

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

3:13 PM Matt Damon arrives and I realize that I am no good at being a paparazzi. I don’t know if I should just soak this moment in, or try to take photos. People are going crazy at the bleachers next to us. George Clooney just arrived. O-M-G. George Clooney. Even hottie Mattie becomes second next to Clooney’s charisma. Clooney is giving autographs at the bleacher next to us, and I can not focus that damn camera. I am trying to take a picture of a living legend, but I don’t think I even know if the camera is on (it wasn’t).

Then the climax happens and George Clooney comes to our bleacher section and right in the front of me and looks at me. I know that he is coming to give autographs for the people at our bleacher section too. But my brain has a temporary malfunction, and I can not think of giving anything for him to sign. So I reach out to him.. and give my.. hand? I don’t know what I was thinking, and the brainfart that I am having also makes me unable to say anything. (it was probably best that I just smiled, at that point the words would not have impressed anyone) George has seen this all before. So he just softly touches my hand, the top of my hand, and squeezes gently. It takes at least 10 seconds, which is in the red carpet world an eternity. OMG. George Clooney just touched my hand. Once I come down from clooneyphoria, all I can think is “I have to tweet this”. Obviously, the rest of the night was irrelevant, I got The Award Winning Experience of the lifetime.

Kodak red carpet, Oscars, Academy Awards, Kodak bloggers, George Clooney

Disclosure: I’ve been a George Clooney fan for a long time, and never missed a Kodak moment like this before. But I still love Kodak and am forever thankful for them inviting me to the Kodak Red Carpet Bleachers.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (22)

  1. Wow. Just — wow. How cool for you. I’m sooooooo very envious.

    As I watched the red carpet show with my 10-year-old and ogled George Clooney from my couch, she said, “Who’s that? He’s hideous!”

    I think she’s probably found a good new home by now.

  2. Donna Presnal

    I loved your commentary! So real! We feel like we are there with you!
    What a trip!!

  3. Clooney touched your hand??? I would have fainted girl!

    SO happy to live these amazing moments through you Katja!

  4. Okay, so I’m sure you already noticed this, but just in case you haven’t….

    Quentin Tarantino was totally looking right at you and smiling. And waving. How cool are you?

    What an amazing experience and how perfect to happen to such fabulous ladies. Congrats!

  5. kristy (wormdrink)

    I had soooo much fun watching the commotion on TV and following you & RockandRollMama Lindsay Maines on Twitter…what a fabulous world we live in!

  6. Huge Clooney fan here! Would have died to know I was in the same town with him, let alone see him him person. Have him smile at me? Faint!


    So glad you had a fabulous time.

  7. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I doubt I would have been as composed as you seemed to be after having George Clooney actually touch your hand!!! And why is it the young actors like Zac Efron that think they’re above rubbing elbows (or tops of hands) with regular people? He should take lessons from Mr. Clooney’s grace. There’s a reason why he’s where he is in the industry.

  8. Stina

    WOW!!! I SO wanna be you!!! :)) Very exciting! No, mä olisin stressannut itseni vatsahaavaiseksi, joten ehkä kuitenkin parasta että se olit sinä kun sinne pääsit, enkä minä :)).

  9. Thank you for sahring the experience with us!!! I love how starstruck you were and am so totally fangirl squee-ing about George Clooney touching your hand. :-D

  10. Great pictures! I’m a Matt Damon fan so I appreciate the picture. Ah, yes, I would most likely fainted if I had a star like George Clooney touch my hand.

  11. Katja

    You guys are making ME smile :) It really was a fun experience, and something I totally did not expect, nor was prepared for.

  12. I am living through you right now… imagining George touching my hand, softly, gently… oh swoon! Katja the whole experience sounds like it was AMAZING.

  13. That’s so exciting! OMG, maybe YOU’RE the reason he was so mad during the ceremony! He was all, “Now WHY didn’t I get that redhead hottie’s number?! Dammity damn damn!”

  14. Holy Cow, you’re one lucky lady! I probably would have given a blank stare, like I was about to get hit by a truck. At least your brain functioned enough to reach out your hand!!

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