Duluth East Grad Live at Oscars
Posted at: 02/25/2013 6:00 PM
| Updated at: 02/25/2013 10:09 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
If you were watching the Oscars last night, you might have seen a familiar face. A Duluth East grad was there passing out Academy Awards to celebrity presenters.
Eighteen-year-old Abe Diaz was one of six people who won a video contest for college students. The prize was a ticket to the Oscars and a live introduction on stage during the show.
"That was something else, looking out there and seeing the people you idolize clapping for you," Diaz said.
During rehearsals, the show and Governors Ball, Abe talked with many celebrities including Meryl Streep and John Travolta. His favorite moment was at the ball where he got a pep talk from Ben Affleck.
"He was really pumped and excited and was just like, 'you guys can do it' and 'don't take any crap from anyone'," Abe said. "It was really cool."
Abe's mom Gina watched her son during the awards show at home.
"He looked very dashing," Gina said.
Her favorite moment of the show was when Abe's name was called and he entered the stage. She also liked seeing him on stage for the Best Picture acceptance speech.
"It is so unbelievable because Jack Nicholson was there," Gina said. "Ben Affleck was there. It's the best picture!"
While the experience will be hard to beat, Abe's mom can't wait for her son's future.
"It is still so exciting what's ahead of him," Gina said.