On Oscar night – this year 22 February – the usually car-clogged streets of Hollywood fall silent because everyone is at a viewing party or, if they’re very lucky, sliding into a dress by Dior or slipping on a tuxedo en route to the big show.
The streets aren’t entirely empty: countless limousines are zipping all over town, then making their way to the Dolby Theatre, more than a dozen blocks surrounding Hollywood Boulevard closed to all other traffic as the purring cars patiently wait to drop off their clients…
And does anyone ever leave Oscar behind on the back seat?
“Never!” he laughs. “They always hold onto it. It’s priceless! But when our details guy is washing the cars the next day, our lost and found box is quickly full: iPhones, keys, make up, make up cases, lipsticks, once a watch worth $68,000. The phone rings all day. We also find bras, clothing, underwear. Sometimes there’s no place to change, and clients change in the vehicle.”
But there is one thing that always gets left behind: “Fake hair! Toupees! We have a lot – a lot! No one ever claims those, even though some of them are very expensive!”