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Buncrana couple off to the Oscars 13.02.08

by Liam Porter, Inishowen Independent

NEWS that the screen writers strike has come to an end and this year’s Oscars Ceremony will now go ahead has come as a huge relief to a Buncrana couple who have scooped tickets to the glitzy awards ceremony later this month.
Amanda Doherty and her husband Adrian Gill will be among just 300 invited guests from all over the world who will take their exclusive seats alongside the famous red carpet.
Speaking to the Inishowen Independent, Amanda said she was delighted they had been able to secure the tickets that movie lovers the world over would love to get their hands on.
“There is a lottery every year for the seats called ‘the bleacher seats’ out on the red carpet and I’ve 
Amanda Doherty who is heading off to the Oscars in Hollywood with her husband Adrian.
applied on the website for a few years now but had no luck. I could hardly believe it when we got word that we were successful this year.”
News that Amanda and Adrian were successful came in October, but before they could start planning for their trip they had to fulfil a series of background checks before they were eventually given the nod to say they could attend.
The Buncrana couple are now ready to jet off on February 21 and will stay in posh Beverly Hills for the duration of their once-in-a-lifetime trip.
However, Oscars day itself is set to be a hectic and fun filled day with Amanda who runs the Town Clock Restaurant in Buncrana and Adrian, set to take their seats around 9am.
“There will be a huge build up to the event itself and all the television cameras and reporters will be there early so we have to get along early too for the build up. We’re really looking forward to it, we’ll literally be just two or three feet away from where the stars will walk in on the red carpet.”
Amanda who is a long time movie fan, says she’s been so busy in the restaurant this year that she hasn’t had a chance to see any of the movies nominated for awards.
“I hope that Daniel Day Lewis gets an Oscar though, I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve seen some of the trailers for the movie and it looks excellent. I love his other films anyway so I’d be delighted if he wins.”
But Amanda and Adrian won’t have to sit on the bleachers all night waiting for word on who has been successful because the 300 lucky movie goers who won the bleacher lottery have also been invited to a celebrity Oscars party by television network ABC.
“We are really looking forward to the ABC party and we understand there will be celebrities there so it will be amazing. We’ve heard that Beyonce or Tina Turner might be performing so it would be fantastic to get to see them, but we don’t really care who we see, we’re really looking forward to having a terrific time,” Amanda said.
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