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Oscars? What Oscars? We want fashion!

by Sam Blum | Off-Ramp®

Actress Zoe Saldana at the 2010 Academy Awards /Getty Images

What do you look forward to most about the Academy Awards? Is it the hard work and fortitude of filmmakers, and actors being honored by the Academy? A trip down Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pasadena proved that notion utterly wrong.

Most passersby willing to chat admitted they were eager to gawk at celebrities on the red carpet and didn't really have too much to say about nominees and their favorite movies. A handful of interviewees admitted, albeit with some embarrassment, that they didn't even know the Oscars were this Sunday.

Although representative of just a small pool of movie fans, the Old Town foot-traffickers reasons for watching the Oscars point to a striking revelation: We don't care about the awards, but we do want a fashion show!

Some conclusions as to why people look forward to the red carpet catwalk are obvious. Celebrities are nice to look at, and on the red carpet, we get to do just that, devoid of the shame that comes with reading National Enquirer or browsing TMZ. We get to see up to the minute, cutting edge style that fascinates the average design aficionados.

So this Sunday, Oscar (or fashion) fans will sit comfortably on their tushes and critique the outlandish dresses and dapper tuxes worn by their favorite movie stars. It will give them the opportunity to critique and praise who looks the best, or on the other hand, provide more cynical viewers to just "make fun of people," as one interviewee stated.

ABC's coverage of the red carpet begins at 4pm Sunday.

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