This year’s Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris reminded me that celebrities sometimes need to pee, grab a smoke or have a drink even at the Oscars. When they get up someone has to fill their seat. What? I could actually warm the seats of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest.
Neil Patrick Harris had some fun calling out the seat fillers and putting them on the spot at this year’s Oscars. It was all for a laugh but it made me think that this is something I could seriously do. I can’t say I was alone in this thought since #seatfiller was trending like crazy on Twitter. I guess as Oscar viewers we never gave it much thought before. I wonder a lot of things while I watch the Oscars like, “Who the hell saw half these movies?” but I am certainly not pondering the possibility of empty seats in the theatre. Heaven forbid there be an empty seat while the camera pans the audience.
Prior to Sunday night’s Oscars the only recollection I had of seat fillers was on Seinfeld when Kramer manages to get a gig as a seat filler at the Tony’s and ends up excepting the Tony Award for best musical.
So now my brain is burning. How does one become a seat filler at the Oscars? After a little research I learned that you can sign up at Seatfiller.com. I was pretty pumped that this might actually be a possibility. Forget the fact that I live in New York and would have to fly myself out there, make arrangements for my kids, and take time off work. Minor details! Sadly upon further research it seems that it is not meant to be. The Oscars is not one of the events that is handled by Seatfillers.com however they do provide seat fillers for over 40 award shows and events every year.
According to the A.V. Club the Oscar seat fillers are provided by Academy relatives and people who work for PriceWaterHouseCoopers, the accounting firm that counts all the votes. Therefore it is highly unlikely I will ever be a seat filler. Ahh dreams dashed again.
Also it looks like I if I tried to tell JK Simmons how much I love his work as the yellow M&M or declare my undying love to Scott Foley I would be removed and banned immediately for fraternizing with the talent. The rules are pretty strict. Check out the AV club to read an interview from an actual Oscar seat filler.
I am thinking I am going to fill out the application on Seatfillers.com anyway and see what happens… I will keep you posted.