There were swine flu masks that look like they had met with the Bedazzler, see through tops, lots of slimming black, The Stig and possibly some Hollywood tape.
There was also a gaggle of media asking “who are you wearing” and “who is your tip to win?” (copy that never delivers so well by the time it makes it to print / on air). And there was more than a few media asking “who was that again?”
Once again they came from across Australia and New Zealand for the country’s premier Red Carpet event to snap and quiz faces from the small screen. They were there from print, television, radio and online. Community television, regional newspapers, magazines of all shapes and sizes, blogs and websites, radio shows from across the land… every gossip columnist and media purveyor in the country clung to their inch of red carpet as the annual glamour-fest began. Even a few performers in their own right (James Tobin, Peter Moon, Benjamin Hart) made it onto the other side of the camera all for the sake of content, content, content….
And as some new media get younger and younger, veteran stars become somewhat forgotten. Shows like Sons and Daughters and The Sullivans must be but a name some have heard their parents mutter, leaving some previous Logie winners to by-pass interview opportunities for fear of being asked “who are you?” It was a similar risk for some subscription TV faces.
This year’s event was said to be trimmed down from 950 to 800, with many stars just receiving one invitation, requiring them to partner with a co-star. Rival personalities were shoulder to shoulder, all gushing with due compliments. First on the carpet this year was Frankie J. Holden. Gold nominee Andrew Denton was a no-show. Sam Newman is reported to have stayed home. Susie Elelman was happy to talk to everyone. Bert must have been busy on stage at Wicked. Executives and producers hurried through or skipped the throng entirely.
Publicists ushered important stars to equally important press. Adjacent media were swift to jump in with a question. No exclusives here. It’s a feeding frenzy, get in or get left behind.
Big name Seven Network personalities arrived late leaving Nine editors with their work cut out for them. Kate Ritchie was last to stroll the carpet.
And did anybody think to invite Maria Venuti?