Stars Come Out at the First Annual Red Carpet Academy Awards Ceremony in Valley Village


By Taly Oehler

Nick Searcy and Leslie Riley walk the red carpet at the first annual Red Carpet Academy Awards Ceremony.

Nick Searcy and Leslie Riley walk the red carpet at the first annual Red Carpet Academy Awards Ceremony.

Just north of Hollywood, the stars came out to celebrate the first annual Red Carpet Academy Awards Ceremony at the Royal Bellingham Luxury Senior Residencies in Valley Village. Right outside the doors of the Royal Bellingham, the ceremony commenced with a traditional red carpet glitterati walk. Dior and Versace clad resident actors, including Thadeus Young, Dorothy Titelman, Monteene Ivey, Gloria Casserino, and Sam Krause, walked down the red carpet escorted by their plus ones to the applause of fellow residents, family, friends and caretakers.

Lito and Julio Vitug, owners of this vibrant community, along with Creative Director, Fiera Mooney; Administrator, Lori McKay; Marketing Director, Sherry Chernotsky; and Choreographer, Albert Pilarca, also walked down the red carpet, in recognition for their role of bringing the delight of creativity and the splendor of filmmaking to this community’s residents.

The walk was completed with A-list celebrity judges, including Nick Searcy, Leslie Riley, Jeff Doucette, Haynes Brooke, Adam Levbarg (SAG-AFTRA), and Miriam Hobbs (HBO), who were honored to take part in this one-of-a-kind film festival.

Inside, the patio of the Royal Bellingham was transformed to a formal awards ceremony where residents and their families enjoyed the show. Emceed by Steve Rozic, the awards included five film categories, “Happy,” “Sad,” “Mad,” “a little bit Bad,” and the Online People’s Choice Award. As each actor gave their much deserved acceptance speech, they all thanked Fiera Mooney the staff of the Royal Bellingham and RB Academy for sparking their desire for creativity, and renewing their lust for life.

Winner for the best Sad film, Anne Dudnick Cohen said: “Thanks to Fiera…I began to discover that I could write, and now, I discovered I can act.” The ceremony wrapped the same way Fiera Mooney’s Royal Bellingham Academy improv classes conclude, with everyone singing “When You’re Smiling.”

Thanks to the Royal Bellingham and RB Academy, this event has rekindled a sense of accomplishment and pride in its residents.

To view the films and read more about this event, visit

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