Alumnus Covers Oscars for Arise Entertainment 360

Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus Shannon LaNier, recently took the red carpet for the 2017 Oscars.

LaNier, who graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in media production and media management in 2003, is a television host and author. For the 2017 Oscars, he was hosting “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily international TV show that covers popular stories in American entertainment, culture and sports.

This was his third time attending the Oscars and he said every time is different and every time gets better than the last.

“It was pretty amazing, a lot of fun,” he said.

His night at the Oscars gave him the chance to meet a handful of stars on the red carpet, including a couple of the night’s award winners: Casey Affleck, who earned “Best Actor” for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” and Viola Davis, who earned “Best Supporting Actress” for “Fences.”  

But it wasn’t all fun and games – it was a lot of work, too.

“Everyone sees the fun pictures and celebrities, but (they) don’t realize the people on the red carpet are working 19-20 hour days,” he said.

LaNier said there’s a lot of prep work that goes into working the red carpet, such as reading long packets on celebrities. These packets tell him who is walking down the red carpet, what’s going on their personal lives and what movies they’re in.

“There’s a lot of pressure, and it can be overwhelming because you may not know who is going to come and talk to you,” he said.

LaNier documented the experience on his Facebook page, which showed photos with stars such as Justin Timberlake, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Biel. 

This year’s awards ceremony proved to be especially entertaining when the award for “Best Picture” was wrongly awarded to “La La Land.” The cast was then pulled off stage and it was announced “Moonlight” was the best picture. LaNier said there was a lot of speculation going around in the moment, but it was an exciting moment for reporters outside.

More pictures can be found on LaNier’s Instagram and Twitter accounts at @MrShannonLanier.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:04pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 4:40pm
Keri Richmond, '17