Sure, it sounds cool to get to go to the Oscars and hobnob with all of the year's biggest stars on Hollywood's biggest night and for most of us, the only chance we'd ever have to attend the awards show is if we were to be a seat-filler. Yes, that is actually a real thing and it's treated like a "job" with some pretty strict rules.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, a seat-filler from the 2013 Oscars revealed that seat-filling is serious business and it's not as glamorous as it might seem.
First of all, there is an application process. Even though their source says most people that were selected were "connected to the Oscars" in some way, such as "family friends of staffers, industry insiders, etc," applicants still had to submit a passport (why?), a job application and photos of what they plan to wear.
Speaking of which, you have to look the part. You can't just throw on a pair of jeans, slap on some makeup and throw your hair back in a ponytail.
While you're supposed to look like you're a guest at the Oscars, you clearly aren't and you have to abide by a different set of rules than the actual invited guests. Unfortunately, that means not so much as uttering a single word to any of the invitees (you are only allowed to talk to other seat-fillers) and drinking is also out of the question.
Starting to sound a lot less fun, isn't it? Add that to the fact that you sometimes have to scramble during commercial breaks to even fill a seat, many of them have obstructed views AND you don't make a single cent for the 14 hours of work, you might have more fun if you just fill a seat on your sofa and enjoy the show from there.