With the Oscars a little over a week away, the excitement is building, not just in Los Angeles, but all across the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched a unique event this year called Oscar Road Trip to introduce Oscar to the public and get everyone excited for the upcoming show.
In an official statement, Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy, said, "We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country. The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette."
Don't worry, Oscar isn't traveling alone. Joining him on his journey are two reporters and comedians, Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup, who keep the golden guy company while out on the road.
We caught up with the trio at the Chicago stop at the famed pizza eatery, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, where Gleib and Greenup talked about some of their adventures so far.
Glieb told us, "We went to areas that no one has been since 9/11 at the Pentagon." If you are looking for government secrets, we now know Oscar is the man to investigate.
Greenup chimed in that at the "Mashable offices in New York, they had Oscar making copies and getting his mail while People magazine made little videos with it and dressed him up. It was fun."
Of course, there was a man who brought his crow to meet Oscar in Philadelphia where Greenup told us the bird "didn't even make eye contact with Oscar." Guess who's eating crow now?
The one comment the public consistently makes about Oscar? "It's so heavy!" Yep, the statuette is 8 1/2 lbs. and much of that weight is attributed to its marble base.
The journey will end on the red carpet on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre where the duo will hand over Oscar to the fans sitting in the Oscar Experience bleacher seats. They will get a chance to hold Oscar for a full Hollywood awards night experience.
Will it be hard to say goodbye to their traveling companion?
Gleib joked, "I just teared up a little bit. I hadn't thought about the end of the journey.Oscar and I rode a bull together. We went line dancing."
But it was Greenup who had the best suggestion for Oscar once he reaches the inside of the Dolby Theatre, "He should be a seat filler!"
Or perhaps he will go home with one of the winners at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24th.
You still have an opportunity to get up-close and personal with Oscar himself. There are three more stops before the big show: Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix. For more information, go to the Oscar Roadtrip website or follow their adventures on Twitter: @OscarRoadtrip.