Is David Carr retiring from his excellent NY Times blog, The Carpetbagger? I really hope not, he's been a wonderful part of awards season, but in a recent post today, he pledges that today's red carpet duty at the Oscars will be his last. And for more, today he offers a terrific look at his life on the party circuit the past few months in an NYT dispatch, Red Carpet Confidential.
[Penelope Cruz on the red carpet at AFI Fest earlier this year... I pissed a carpet guard by taking these shots and also angered photographers when she waved at me enthusiastically, ruining a bunch of photos...]
Brian Brooks and I from indieWIRE always reject invitations to cover the red carpet at film events (we also generally pass on press junkets), our overall policy is essentially that we need to be invited to attend an event to actually cover it (call us crazy, thats just us). As Carr explains perfectly, in part here's why:
The rope, which over the course of the season was followed by drapes, hedges and barriers, was there to remind me that even though the people on the carpet are friendly, they are not my friends. Reporters get to dress up and stand adjacent to, never on, the carpet. Yes, they sometimes take apart the human jewelry before them. Who told her she could get away with that dress? But by any analysis, the reporters are at the bottom of the pile.