Toledo native has Oscar fan experienceWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, was a very memorable day for Toledo native Major John Davis Reynolds Jr.
Reynolds had a second-row seat in the bleachers that flank the red carpet for the Oscars. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and is part of the U.S. Army Reserve.
The military has a longstanding relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars.
“Every year the Academy has been grateful in donating several seats to us,” he said from his bleacher seat, in an interview with Toledo Free Press.
Reynolds graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1988, is a Boys and Girls Club of Toledo Hall of Fame Inductee and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1997.
“I do miss Toledo,” he said. “The snow, a little bit.”
Reynolds said he was looking forward to seeing Denzel Washington, nominated for “Flight.”
“He’s a phenomenal actor,” Reynolds said.
A few days after the Oscars, Reynolds said he had a great experience.
“I would recommend this experience to anyone,” he said in a follow-up email. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
As part of the experience, bleacher fans receive goodie bags, along with watching the ceremony across the street in the El Capitan Theatre.
“My wife and I are still using the products in the bag and enjoying some of the snacks,” he said.
While he did not get to see Denzel Washington on the red carpet, Reynolds said he saw Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Stewart and Chris Tucker.
“Django Unchained” director Quentin Tarantino stopped by and gave Reynolds a high five.
While he had a great time in the bleachers, he said his thoughts were with his colleagues in the combat zone.
“The real stars are the ones in Afghanistan protecting our freedom every day,” he said.
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