Last night was the biggest night on any Hollywood actors calendar. Yep, it was of course The Oscars (y'know, because maybe you somehow managed to miss that memo!!). Now, I know the title might make it look like I'm fishing for an invite, but I'm really not (well, I lie - who wouldn't want an invite to The Oscars, but that is something else completely!). What I really want to know is how some celebrities get invites?
Obviously, everyone who is nominated is invited, as are everyone who is connected with nominated film (or, if they're not, then they should be). And you get the elite actors of Hollywood who always attend, even if they haven't released a film in the past twelve months - that makes sense, because it is their field of work.
The invites that I'm not so sure about are the "celebrities" who aren't actors. They haven't contributed to any films that we're aware of, they're not directors or producers, and if they are artists, they haven't contributed a song to a film. Some celebrities are more "socially active" than being famous for actually doing anything in particular. So, why are they invited to the biggest night of the film year?
I get what is in it for the celebrity: it makes them look good to be seen as attending The Oscars. But, what is in it for The Oscars? Who determines who attends? We all know that going to such a prestigious event is strictly by invitation only, so they have obviously received one, but why?
One answer might be the idea of "seat fillers". This is when people - who are often not famous - are hired (or cast) to fill up empty seats at Award Ceremonies, because it looks bad if there are seats with no one sat in them. By inviting as many celebrities - even those who are not connected to films - as possible, means that they can act as the "seat fillers" as well.