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  1. Thursday, November 13, 2014

    today is my one year anniversary at the academy 

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    you never know how life is gonna work out, but it usually does.

    me and jobs. man. on the scoreboard things go well. i try to be nice and lovely to everyone. jokes, stories.

    i try to live by the example that we can kick all our competitors’ butts, etc.

    but after a while i end up on the street. it’s so weird. who did i piss off?

    maybe no one. maybe it was all the stars above saying oh crap, tony needs to be at the academy, dont let him get too comfortable over at the radio station, or newspaper, or tv station.

    or maybe all of those experiences were perfect for what i get to do now, which is communicate digitally through various avenues.

    all i know is im so happy, so stoked, so grateful.

    mostly im grateful to work with the brilliant team i get to be with every day.

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    whats it like at the oscars? you think you know everything about an event youve seen every year,

    but until you’re right there, backstage, or in front of these moviemakers, you realize… i realized, theres a lot more to it.

    emotions, absolute joy, coolnessness.

    the pretty dresses and tuxes all blur, but you can see the auras pretty plainly and often they are glorious.

    it’s also fascinating to watch a telecast that really has no peers.

    there’s nothing in the world like the Oscars.

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    but what i never realized was how many events the academy hosts outside of the big  show.

    fascinating discussions based around movies that changed everything.

    movies that still hold up 20, 30, 50 years later.

    movies i’ve never seen before. people ive never heard of. stories i didnt know existed.

    techniques for telling those stories. costumes, cinematography, sounds

    and one great thing about being at many of these events is you learn so much.

    you hear how all these creative and determined people dealt with politics and technology, and egos and limitations.

    everyone has limitations. everyone has pressures. even the rich and beautiful and successful. everyone.

    say what?

    yep.

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    this year i even had an incredibly bittersweet stroke of success

    which was  a total team effort, as most successes are.

    but heartbreaking all at the same time.

    and as emotional as that was,

    i can’t wait to see what this year brings.

  2. Sunday, November 9, 2014

    dont worry, i know im the luckiest man alive 

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    i may not say it a lot, but i know. and dont think im not grateful. i give thanks every night.

    last night i got paid money to tweet about possibly the coolest awards presentation in all of hollywood

    the governors awards are when the academy gov board honors three people who have meant a Lot to film

    and one person whose humanitarian efforts over a lifetime has meant an awful lot to humankind.

    because it’s star-studded, but not televised, and mostly press-free, many consider it the soul of the Oscar season.

    filmmakers are free to mingle and socialize with other legends, theres good food, good music,

    and the absolute best of the best go home with the most iconic trophy in the world

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    Last night we honored Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara.

    i admit i didn’t know all that much about any of them but after some short videos (starring Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, John Lasseter, and Luke Skywalker’s mom, among others), I was all wow.

    For example who knew that We Are The World was the brainchild of Belafonte?

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    i had a great seat except for this guy

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    JK actually we were sitting on a riser in the back of the Ray Dolby Ballroom adjacent to the Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland

    My boss Josh sat between my co-worker Danielle and I. She ran the liveblog and he and I worked Twitter. So fun!

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    there was free booze everywhere but i resisted until the night was over

    Tilda Swinton, CBI, and Edward Norton

    i didnt wanna get too tipsy and say omg Tilda omg Edward, loved you in Birdman

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    super inspiring night because it taught me that there is a bigger gear we could be motoring in

    and there’s a lot of cool people working in that world.

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    im very lucky to work with and around people who know what the hell they’re doing.

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    it’s also nice to have so many beverage options when it’s time to call it a night

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    for a full rundown of what went down last night, check out the summary by my coworker nate over on Oscars.org

  3. Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  4. Thursday, October 9, 2014

    we have a new website 

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    we’ve been working on it for a very long time. it’s a huuuge website with lots of interesting nooks and crannies.

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    there’s a social media drawer on the right side of every page – something ive never seen before. tons of photos.

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    and right now if you bop around a little on it you might find a contest to win tickets to sit in the stands next to the red carpet.

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    ive been involved in several redesigns and relaunches. this is the first time a newspaper had an article about it the morning it came out.

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    i guess people really do like our story.

  5. Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  6. Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Ask Tony: What was the Oscars like? 

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    You asked so I will answer.

     David DiNucci Are you doing an AMA on Reddit? People would love it.

    Nope I’m doing it on the world famous busblog. Which got me here. And as they say, dance with who brung ya. So lets dance!


    Barbara Doduk “Did you get to take a pee next to anyone super famous?”

    One of the coolest things the Academy did for some of us who were working the Oscars was they gave us hotel rooms at the Loews which is the hotel right next to the Dolby. We had conference rooms where we worked from Friday through yesterday. So we were able to get out of our hotel rooms and walk maybe 200 feet to our temporary work area. One of the best parts about that was we got to pee in the privacy of our rooms. I even took a quick bath in the middle of a particularly stressful day.  I have peed next to famous people before, but not recently.

    spike lees shoesMark Johnson  What was it like hanging with Spike Lee?

    Spike was amazing. Very hyped up. Wildly dressed. He had amazing shoes on. So I was all Spike is it the shoes! Is it the shoes! And he let me take a picture of his shoes. And after I did he wanted to see how the picture turned out. When I showed him he pointed and laughed and laughed and laughed.

    Brian Hardison How spun out was John Travolta?

    To be honest it was loud in the room where we were watching and I was transfixed on his hair.

    James Dornan What item did you take that you might not have been allowed to take?

    At the Governors Ball a server offered me lobster while I was taking pictures.  I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to eat it. But then she said, “it aint gonna eat itself.” So, for science, I sampled it.

    Bob Downing Did you wear the Cubs hat at any point?

    I liveblogged in it.

    Yosi Sergant What does Karen O smell like?

    kylaI didn’t run into her Oscar night, but I did at the Nominees Luncheon. She was very sweet, almost shy and nervous which is weird if youve ever seen her rock out live. She smelled like flowers. Actually every Oscar event has so many flowers it’s hard to smell anything other than the freshness of those roses.

    Bob Downing Who were you wearing?

    Friar Tux.

    Hayley Fox Reyna Who dropped the most f-bombs when they were off camera? How late did you stay up? did they save you any awards show pizza?

    1. Tony Pierce. 2. Very. 3. There was sooooo much food for the press and the staff before during and after the Oscars. Also at the Governors Ball, there was Wolfgang Puck pizza being served. But alas, Chicagoans usually shy away from any pies that weren’t produced in the 312.

    Andrew R. Rice Tony Pierce turned loose at Oscars with “all access” one day. Scarlett Johanson pregnant the next. Connected?

    I may have to go over the birds and bees with you Mr. Rice.

    Maria Niles Did Kerry Washington ever get some pizza?

    I believe the pregnant ladies were afforded every luxury. Which, yes, would include pizza.

    Sara Leonard Is Tom Cruise programming John Travolta back stage… cause well – yeah you know why.

    I didn’t see Mr. Cruise anywhere near the big event.

    1947581_10152240670543057_155014019_nMichael Snadden Must’ve been fun :))

    OMG the funnest. Especially about halfway through the Oscars when I realized everything was going to be ok.

    Brian Banks There’s only one question that needs answering — at what point did Travolta realize he’d become a meme?

    The meme I don’t believe happened until yesterday when Slate made that great name generator.

    Kathy Rehn can I be your date next time?

    If I can have a date next year I promised my mom that she has the first shot at it.

    Karen Lujan Was the pizza order planned in advance or was that a spur of the moment thing?

    I didn’t see it at the two rehearsals I went to. And even though Hollywood Blvd was shut down on Oscar night, I’m sure if security was alerted, they would cooperate with Ellen. Everyone loves Ellen.

    lupitaMaria Isabel Delaossa Is Jeremy renner short? Lol lol

    I did not see him in person, but I was a little surprised about Bono.

    Avatar westondeboer Did you actually watch the oscars?

    Yes, parts of two rehearsals and the live show on tv next to my boss as I live-blogged.

     

    Avatar5chw4r7z   Was Lupita Nyong’o as beautiful in real life as she was on TV? 

    I’ve never seen a black woman prettier than my mom until I met Lupita backstage after she won her Oscar.

    Avatar Shelley Han were you able to score one of those $50,000 gift bags?

    They were allegedly $80,000 but because the Academy had nothing to do with them I didn’t even see them.

    Avatar Grace  Was anyone embarrassingly drunk/disorderly?

    No but a few of us tried.

  7. Monday, March 3, 2014
  8. still beaming 

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    one of my coworkers said, there’s a lot of people hanging out by GMA, my feet are sore can you take some pics for the instagram account?

    After 4 hours of live blogging I was more than ready to get out of our position in the hotel conference room.

    First thing I saw was Brad Angelina and Matthew.

    When I saw that two of them were holding Oscars, I was all whoa.

    Then I realized they were all either about to talk with Daily Nexus alum Josh Elliot or they had just finished, so I took some more pics and then told my old cohort (who I hadn’t seen since college) hi

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    UC Santa Barbara Gauchos forevs

  9. Sunday, March 2, 2014

    today was long and stressful and amazing and… wet 

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    but the best part was i just said, i need to get some pictures of the progress of the red carpet.

    so i got out of my chair and just walked through the hotel and got down there

    and i was surprised how many people were there

    people everywhere. everyone was lining up their shots, getting the light right

    figuring out where they were gonna be and what they were gonna do

    find out if their internet had arrived, everything.

    ran into tom mac the long time stage manager at e!

    best known for his off-camera laughing

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    a few hours after this the rain stopped and it hasnt come back since. all of this will prob dry up and it’ll be sunny tomorrow.

    after work i figured i might as well watch them practice stuff in the theatre

    and im really glad i did. i sat pretty close to the stage and got a great view of some elements that will be amazing

    im a very lucky person. thats always been the case. but this is pretty magical.

    even for me.