Wanna be an Oscar bleacher creature?

Sep 10, 2009 by Ian Evans

For fans of the Academy Awards, the next best thing to walking the Oscar®’s red carpet would be watching other people walk it.

Beginning on Monday, September 14, at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, and continuing for only one week, fans from throughout the world may apply on www.oscars.org/bleachers to take part in a random drawing for seats on the 82nd Academy Awards® red carpet.

Hundreds of millions may be watching at home, but only 700 seats are available along the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. After watching the arrivals for the ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, the “bleacher creatures” will be invited to watch the Academy Awards telecast at a nearby location.

The online-only application process will close on Sunday, September 20, at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT. Here’s the fine print:

To be eligible for the random drawing, an individual must complete the application form in its entirety. Applications may only be submitted online. Forms may not be returned via U.S. mail, fax or private delivery service such as UPS or FedEx.

Applicants may register up to four persons; however, only one form will be accepted per person or group.

Those whose names are selected in the random drawing will be notified in early October. They will then be required to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Eligible attendees will receive a confirmation letter in early December with information pertinent to the event.

Only those individuals who have been pre-approved by the Academy will have access to the bleachers. Those who wait overnight to attempt admittance will not be granted entry.

The Academy will not be responsible for securing travel and/or hotel accommodations for bleacher fans.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network in the U.S. Stick with DigitalHit.com for your Oscar® coverage.