February 21, 2015
The One Ring.net group has hosted several Oscar parties throughout the years of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films being released. This year, the last Hobbit film was released, and TORN had an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to host “One Last Party” to celebrate the six films. I had heard about but had never attended these parties, and really didn’t want to miss out on this party. The only way to buy tickets to the party with dinner was through the Indiegogo campaign and it wasn’t cheap. I really didn’t have the money to spend, but I felt that it would be worth eating Top Ramen for a week to attend.
The party was being held at the American Legion in Hollywood, and I would have taken the Metro Rail to get there except that I was afraid the Hollywood and Highland station would be closed early due to the Oscars happening on Sunday. Luckily, TORN, sent an email saying that the parking would be free! Yay! I took a little nap and woke up late and didn’t really have time to do my hair or makeup properly, but I’m not good at hair and makeup anyway.
There was a green screen photobooth set up outside, but I wanted to get inside and see everything (and eat!). I found the dining room, and got my food. I found a seat and saw one of the girls I had taken to the Page Museum (since I was local I gave rides to anyone who needed it from the Hollywood & Highland Center to the Tar Pits). She got her food and came to sit with me. There were several Gandalfs and one stopped by our table and did a magic trick for Iris. It was pretty cool and very fun!
|Video greeting from Peter Jackson|
|Video greeting from Adam Brown|
|Celtic Band Emerald Rose|
|1st performance by the California Dreamers|
It’s funny that with the VIPs there, I actually only spoke with CJ Henderson from the Wicked Tinkers when I recognized him. I had a nice conversation with Bernie from Nerds Like Us, too! I was really surprised to see him and I mentioned that I’ve gone to a few of their screenings including The Princess Bride the night before. Nerds Like Us also hosts a Club Cosplay at various comic conventions as well as around Los Angeles and Orange Counties, even San Diego!
|CJ Henderson of the Wicked Tinkers (R -In Kilt)|
Since I wasn’t doing much dancing, I really wish I had taken more pictures of the amazing costumes many of the guests were wearing.
|Kirstie came all the way from Australia and made a beautiful Arwen|
|Having fun with the poster|
I had a great time and even ran into a colleague (technically a supervisor) from work at the very end of the evening. I had recently found out she and her husband were Tolkien fans, and I expected her to be there, but I didn’t want to ask at work. She was in complete shock when she saw me, especially as I had been there about as long as she had.
The decorations were really fantastic!
|This is what greets you when you walk in the door!|
|Unfortunately, this picture of Gollum is blocked.|
Until next time!