Money can buy you everything except, possibly, love and definitely, a ticket to the Oscars.
Half of the 3,400 seats at the Kodak Theatre, the venue for Sunday’s Academy Awards, will be filled by presenters, nominees in the 24 categories and their guests and Hollywood studio executives. The other half are given away by lottery to the 6,700 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Let’s say you find yourself in the highly unlikely situation that you’re in Los Angeles this weekend with an unlimited budget, decide on a whim to attend the 74th Academy Awards and find someone prepared to illicitly sell you their ticket.
Back in the day, that might have worked out. But in recent years the Academy has tightened up on security. Now, all guests have their photo taken beforehand, in addition to being subject to stringent identity checks upon arrival, so the odds of getting in as someone else are less than zero.
It’s much easier to buy a real Oscar than it is to attend the ceremony. Even A-list celebrities are now subject to security checks and have to go through metal detectors. Citing increased security concerns, the academy has clamped down on fans having bleacher access to watch movie stars arriving at the Oscars, requiring them to undergo background checks this year.
But it is still possible to attend Oscars parties…for a price.
As of early Friday afternoon, ticket broker VIP Concierge was selling a ticket to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party for $25,000.
Access to Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation Academy Award party will set you back $3,990.