Cross-Country Oscar Road Trip Gets Rolling in NYC

The Academy keeps a bunch of unmarked Oscars on hand for various promotional purposes. One of those is officially on its way from New York to LA today as part of a three-week cross-country promotional “Oscar Road Trip.”

The statuette’s traveling companions are comedians Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup, who are both tweeting about their progress (alongside official account @OscarRoadTrip) as they also give away red carpet bleacher tickets for the big night February 24 in Hollywood. There are various blanks on the itinerary, so as to allow fans via the road trip website and Facebook to multiple-choice vote for additional meet-and-greet destinations.

One of the cities on the list this week for the Academy-sponsored RV caravan is Baltimore. A Super Bowl victory parade and an Oscar in the same week!? That’s the way to do it. Below is Sandy Kenyon‘s report from Katz’s Deli, where Lower East Side patrons got to schmooze this morning with the gold guy and re-enact a certain scene from When Harry Met Sally….