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Oscar Night Gala 2017 for the Utah AIDS Foundation

by dav.d

I was the roving event photographer for the 2017 Oscar Night Gala, a fundraiser for the Utah AIDS Foundation. The event raises money for people living with HIV/AIDS in Utah. They provide counseling, prevention services, testing, and much more.

Looking stunning

Looking stunning

Before each Oscar Gala, I like to see as many nominated movies as possible. I fail miserably each year. I still haven’t seen Black Swan, The Kings Speech, and other best movies. I was hoping more movies would be available to rent before Oscar Night, but no such luck.

A decorated night reminiscent of La La Land but for The Wizard of Oz

A decorated night reminiscent of La La Land but for The Wizard of Oz

The Oscar Night Gala has been held at the Rail Events Center for the last number of years. There is a VIP reception, a step and repeat photo booth, a green screen photo booth, and me capturing candid photos.

The Step and Repeat red carpet photo booth

The Step and Repeat red carpet photo booth

La La Land almost stole best picture, but Moonlight pulled out the win, after I left! I missed out on the big controversy. Apparently it was a bigger comeback than the Patriots win in the Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons. And I missed it.

Tables are set for the gala

Tables are set for the gala

It is a fun night. My job is to capture candids, some group photos, and some of the details of the night. It is similar to a wedding reception—photograph people before they get too drunk!

Mama J was the musical entertainment during the dinner portion of the evening. Fantastic music and very entertaining.

Mama J performs for the event

Mama J performs for the event

Some dancing

Some dancing

Hors d'oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres

Wonderful couples

Wonderful couples

The emcees for the event were from Utah’s Channel 4 morning show. They interview the audience, drum up support for the silent auction, and move the night along during commercial breaks.

Shirtless hunks accompany the married television host. Don't tell the husband.

Shirtless hunks accompany the married television host. Don’t tell the husband.

Dressed to the nines for the evening

Dressed to the nines for the evening

A toast!

A toast!

Suits galore

Suits galore

The green screen photo booth with props

The green screen photo booth with props

A night for drinking, eating, movies, and fun

A night for drinking, eating, movies, and fun

Music for the evening

Music for the evening

Light Jazz music and just just because of La La Land

Light Jazz music and just just because of La La Land

Bass player

Bass player

It's me in a red ruby slipper

It’s me in a red ruby slipper

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