Who gets an Oscar invitation? Why even A-listers have to battle for the exclusive ticket

Your dream is to attend the Oscars? Continue dreaming! Known for its glitter and elegance, the Academy Awards are so sought after that even the renowned are sometimes denied entry.  

Oscar-nominated stars often panhandle to get more than two tickets so their friends and family can see them win.  

That puts us mortal movie fans out of luck when it comes to attending awards season's biggest night, with few exceptions.  

We asked New Yorker writer Michael Schulman, author of “Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears,” and TCM anchor Dave Karger, author of “50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins,” who gets to wear  

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has hosted the Oscars for 20 years. Hotel and nightclub sites were used in the past.  

The 2024 Oscars are hosted where?  

Orchestra-level Dolby seats will allow performers to quickly rush to the stage to claim awards. However, balcony guests aren't alone. Schulman says, 'People go around each floor's bar and popcorn station.  

Schulman adds “half of those people will be connected in some way to nominees or presenters, and the other half are Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members,” which number over 10,000.   

Who gets 2024 Oscar tickets?  

Media and seat fillers (who take celebrities' seats after they accept Oscars) attend. Academy-linked people acquire those spots.  

Attending is unlikely unless you have tickets or movie industry contacts.  

Can I attend the 2024 Oscars?  

“One thing is trying to apply for a lottery to get tickets to the red carpet, which does feature fans,” Karger says of expired giveaways. “But they won't enter the theatre."  

Oscar nominees and presenters get two tickets. Studios get more if their film is the best picture nominee.  

Are actors given many 2024 Academy Awards tickets?  

Da'Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers” co-star and supporting actress nominee, requested more tickets, making headlines. In 2022, “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler was denied a ticket but attended after being asked to present.  

Karger offered Allison Janney his tickets in 2018, and she invited friends to see her win best supporting actress for “I, Tonya.” Karger says, “If I had some this year, I'd give them to Da'Vine.”  

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