PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Dorothy Roberts is still beaming from a star-studded weekend at the Academy Awards. Her glamorous trip to the red carpet all started as a conversation months ago with her sister, and "Good Morning America" anchor, Robin Roberts.
Before the tickets were reserved and the trip was finalized, there was planning that had to be done to become red carpet ready.
"Everybody kept saying, 'what are you going to be wearing? What are you going to be wearing,'" said Dorothy.
She picked out some dresses and showed them to Robin's personal stylist.
"I said, well I brought these two for you to look at, and he looked at them and went, hmm," she said with a smirk.
The stylist, Diandre Tristan, then overnighted a handful of selections from New York and had Dorothy fitted.
"We made it happen, and the next thing I knew, I was walking the red carpet," said Dorothy.
It was a surreal moment for the Pass Christian native, and she knew exactly how to make the most of the experience.
"You just soak it in. You just take your time. You walk very slowly, so you can see what you can see. It's just a pure celebration," she said.
Throughout the celebration, there was an underlying controversy that continued to bubble up. Dorothy said being at the ceremony during a public outcry for more diversity in its nominees was humbling.
She said host Chris Rock provided exactly what the audience needed: A dose of reality.
"One of the comments that he made that I thought was really profound was why now? Why now," said Roberts.
She agreed with Rock about the timing of the controversy, and she's glad to hear that there are strides being made for the future of diversity in film.
The night left her with a lifetime of memories. One of her most memorable was an exchange she had with nominee Bryan Cranston.
"When I told him who I was, he just embraced me, and during that embrace he says, 'I love your sister,' and I said and she loves you," said Dorothy.
Now, with the glamorous weekend behind her, Dorothy will surely miss her time in California, but she says there's no place like home.
While Dorothy was in California, she also got to attend a taping of Robin's appearance on Ellen that aired Monday. It was a weekend of fun that she will likely not forget.