Of course status-obsessed Hollywood would have an exclusive red carpet, and then an even more exclusive red carpet.
A red velvet rope separated the A-list Oscar red carpet from the B-list one, which was parallel but closer to the fan bleachers. The social rules were as byzantine and strictly enforced as on any studio set. Or in any high school cafeteria.
— Taking cellphone pictures from the B-list red carpet of the megastars a few feet away: allowed.
— Shaking hands across the velvet rope and telling a star how much you admire them: allowed, but only so long as the tuxedoed security guards don't see.
— Walking down the lower-ranking red carpet at a leisurely pace: Not allowed, as evidenced by the guards continually muttering, "Please keep moving."
An A-lister masquerading as a B-lister to get down the carpet quickly: Allowed (and taken advantage of by "Hunger Games" actor Stanley Tucci).
— Hannah Dreier — Twitter: www.twitter.com/HannahDreier.
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