February 27th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
We're accustomed to covering the events, but attending them as spectators is a wholly different thing.
And then, a couple of weeks ago, a funny thing happened: Through an odd set of circumstances, we just happened to receive two unassigned tickets to the Academy Awards (not to mention the Governor's Ball!).
This turn of events didn't exempt us from pre-awards show work, but it did give us insight into the way the show runs from a different point of view:
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