The War Horse Red Carpet Premiere Recap and Official Photos #DisneyDreamWorksEvent

On Sunday, December 4, 2011, I attended the Red Carpet Premiere of War Horse at the Lincoln Center in New York City. I never thought I would ever attend such an extravagant event, yet this is now my second premiere. The first premiere I attended was this last summer for Cars 2 in Los Angeles…but oh, to be in New York City, and at winter time when the tree is lit and there are sheets of people covering every strip of sidewalk. It’s an experience that I will never forget.

Two vans were waiting for us on the streets outside of our hotel, the beautiful and luxurious Jumeirah Essex House (160 Central Park South). New York City traffic is just as congested as we’ve all seen in any number of Hollywood productions set in New York City; the second van (which was the van I rode in to the premiere) arrived late, but it was the bloggers in the first van that had a truly comedic experience arriving at the premiere, which you can read all about here and here. I’ll let you know about the other posts about the “Amazing Race” when they are up and ready to be read.)

The Lincoln Center is walking distance from the Essex House, and it would have been quicker (but painful, for those of us wearing heels) for all of us to simply walk there–or run, for those of the mommy bloggers who sprinted in a mad dash to arrive before the clock struck 6pm. Luckily, the premiere began a little bit late at 6:30, and everyone had arrived by then.

Some of us had been planning what to wear, how to accessorize, and how to style our hair for a whole month prior to even leaving for New York City. All of us glammed up for this very special evening:

Finally, Steven Spielberg himself came on stage to introduce not only the movie, but also the incredible actors and actresses that made this movie such an amazing production. Mr. Spielberg has long been a favorite director of mine, and to see him less than 10 feet in front of me is just indescribable.

Many from the cast were then brought on stage, and Mr. Spielberg introduced them one by one:

After they returned to their seats, the lights dimmed and the film we had all been waiting for began. A full review of War Horse will come later, but I will say that it was nothing short of incredible. I’m very sensitive to any films centered around animals, and War Horse had me in tears in less than 10 minutes. The tears didn’t let up until the curtains went down and the lights came back on again.

We all filed out of the theatre room directly into the after party, where drinks, appetizers, and enough to create a full meal were served. After filling a plate with lots of tasty treats, we took the opportunity to just watch all of the people around us. From the small space that I occupied, I saw several actors and actresses that I recognized from favorite movies and TV shows. In no particular order they are:

1. Cathy Moriarty

2. David Thewlis

3. Stephen Lang

4. Ed Westwick

I was too shy to approach any of them, but I would have loved to chat with Cathy Moriarty briefly, and to get photos with David Thewlis, Stephen Lang, and Ed Westwick.

Here are some official photos that were taken at the Red Carpet premiere:

*Disney/DreamWorks provided me with an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of War Horse. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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