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Oscar Red Carpet: Wolfgang, Price Waterhouse, and the Rain!

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2010 at 11:37AM

It was pouring rain for a bit on the red carpet; The tarps held up but there were gaps and handlers were whipping out umbrellas. Virginia Madsen got caught and had to wait for someone to cover her. The dynamic changed.
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Thompson on Hollywood

It was pouring rain for a bit on the red carpet; The tarps held up but there were gaps and handlers were whipping out umbrellas. Virginia Madsen got caught and had to wait for someone to cover her. The dynamic changed.

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The Price Waterhouse guys posed before the red carpet bleacher press with their briefcases and winning envelopes. Its part of the ritual. The London Daily Mail's tall drink of water Baz Bamigboye has arrived. The Brits always come over to him, he's a familiar friendly face.

Wolfgang Puck and his chefs in white carry in trays of 0scar food--0scar-shaped pizza with caviar on top--for the Governor's Ball. It's obviously a PR opportunity and again, part of the annual ritual. Puck told Jeanne Wolf, west coast editor of Parade, that he designed the kitchens at the Hollywood and Highland ballroom, so he won't let anyone else cook there. My interview with Puck is on the jump:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.