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Join celebrities at the Academy Awards

Each year in late February or early March, the Dolby Theatre hosts the oldest awards show - the Academy Awards. Join celebrities and movie pioneers on the red carpet after picking up your Los Angeles airport rental car and heading to Hollywood for the big event! But before you arrive, make sure you've done your research, and you might find yourself sitting beside some of the world's most well-known names, such as Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Amy Adams or Cate Blanchett.

Sitting among the stars

Contrary to popular belief, the Oscars aren't just for A-listers. While tickets ran a mere $5 in 1927, the first year that the Academy Awards were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, today you can actually volunteer to attend. So while booking your California car rental, hotel and flight, make sure that you register for casting as a seat filler through seatfiler.com, 1iota.com or another website. It's free to do so, and you can increase your chances for getting picked if you sign up to volunteer at another event as well.

Steps to get yourself on the red carpet include submitting a photo, essay and background check. But if you can dress well and have a high enthusiasm level, you will be in luck! Seat fillers on the other hand need to be a little more tame - after all, they don't want you taking away attention from the award winners. If you are cast as a seat filler, it's important that you dress well without being a distraction. You'll have to be ready to do as you're told and go where you're told upon event day - oh, and don't forget to smile, clap and cheer when the show begins!

What makes up the Academy Awards

Aside from all the big names in Hollywood that attend the event, perhaps the most attention of the Academy Awards is put on the Oscar - the 13.5-inch statute that winners are given. As of 2014, a total of 2,809 Oscars have been presented to winners in a variety of categories. Since the start of the awards, a number of categories have been added, reaching more than 50 now. Some of the most sought after nominations are for best actor and actress in a leading role, best actor and actress in a supporting role, best picture and best director. Lesser-known categories include best story, best title writing, and best unique and artistic picture.

The first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and there were a mere 270 guests in attendance. Back then, winning wasn't quite the buzz it is today, as winners were announced three months before the Oscars were even presented. This quickly changed the following year, when the results were kept secret until the ceremony. Overtime, the awards have vastly increased in size and become a live televised event - going international in 1969. In 1999, the producers decided to host the Academy Awards on Sunday to increase viewership.


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