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Oscar coming to Baltimore Friday

Ever wanted to make like you won an Oscar without having to do anything like actually act in a movie?

Area awards-show fans will get their chance Friday when one of the real statuettes makes a stop at Baltimore's Inner Harbor -- part of an 11-city "Roadtrip" to drum-up interest in the Feb. 24 awards ceremony.

Fans will have the chance to pose with the Oscar, practice their acceptance speeches and snap a picture. Short of actually walking the red carpet on Academy Awards night, it may be the closest they'll ever come to one of the coveted figurines. And unlike the actors, actresses and other film folk vying for recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, they won't have to wait until their name is announced to grab the little gold guy.

"We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country," said Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for AMPAS, which has been presenting the Oscars since 1929.

The Oscar will be at the Inner Harbor beginning at 10 a.m. From there, it will be traveling on to more private events, including stops at the Fort Meade USO and at Remington's Charm City Cakes, where the folks there are cooking up a special confection to mark the occasion.

"We're making a really cool, sort-of movie-themed cake," said Charm City Cakes' director of marketing Mary Alice Yeskey. "We were debating whether or not we have to all be in formal wear."

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