Inside the Oscars: a seat-filler’s perspective

Vanity Fair:

Just who are those unrecognizable Oscar audience members sandwiched between the stars this Sunday? To get a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes responsibilities of these glammed-up Oscar gophers, we tracked down a seat-filler from last year’s Seth MacFarlane-hosted ceremony.

I’ve read a lot of stories about these people and it always strikes me as so odd. Does anyone watching on TV really care if there’s an empty seat next to Jennifer Lawrence?