You, too, can hold an Oscar and pose, if you're in these cities

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

This is not scheduled to stop in Pittsburgh but if you’re in one of the Oscar Roadtrip cities, definitely do this. You get to hold an actual Oscar (it will be on a tether to prevent anyone from absconding) and say, like a winner, “Gee, this is heavier than I thought.” I did it several years ago in Hollywood. 
Here’s the press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: 
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The first-ever Oscar Roadtrip will kick off on Monday, Feb. 4, in New York City, and over the next three weeks will bring the excitement of the Oscars to numerous cities across the country. Fans along the way will have a chance to hold an actual Oscar statuette before it arrives on the Hollywood red carpet in time for the 85th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Oscar’s journey will be chronicled in videos, photos and blog posts by Oscar Roadtrip reporters Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup on, @OscarRoadtrip and 
The pair, clad in clothes from Academy Awards sponsor JCPenney,  will hit the nation’s highways for the 21-day journey to some of Oscar’s favorite cities, with a number of stops along the way to be determined by fans via social media. Everyone is invited to follow the progress of the trip, suggest a location for an impromptu Oscar visit and take a picture holding the coveted statuette.
“We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country,” said Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy. “The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette.”
The Oscar Roadtrip is scheduled to visit the following cities on the following dates:
Feb. 4   New York
Feb. 6   Philadelphia
Feb. 7   Washington, D.C.
Feb. 8   Baltimore
Feb. 11 Chicago
Feb. 13 St. Louis
Feb. 14 Kansas City
Feb. 17 Houston
Feb. 18 Dallas
Feb. 21 Phoenix
Feb. 24 Hollywood
Oscars will be presented on Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. That’s the former Kodak Theatre. 
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