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Jimmy Kimmel prepares for post-Oscar special

February 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An archway that will welcome the stars to the red carpet Sunday at the Academy Awards was put in place Wednesday night.

The red carpet was also in place, it was just covered in heavy white plastic, and workers were making sure there's plenty of plastic in place for the expected rain.

In fact, workers were making sure of a lot of things as the countdown to the Oscars continues to tick away.

Jimmy Kimmel and his staff have been working for weeks on their late night post-Oscar special.

The yearly special is a golden opportunity for Kimmel.

"We're very fortunate to get Tom Hanks," Kimmel said.

What was the pitch to get Hanks on the show?

"Please, Tom Hanks," Kimmel said. "Please, please, please, God, please do our show."

So just how special will the show be?

"There are going to be at least two bits on the show that people are going to spread around virally afterward," Kimmel said.

While things start in the afternoon on the red carpet, he hopes you'll stay with him for a little late-night fun.

"Don't wait until your grandma e-mails this to you," Kimmel said. "Watch it live, stay up. For God's sake, it's not that late. What are you? Six years old? You should be ashamed of yourself."

This year's Oscar ceremony is set to air live on ABC7 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Check out a full list of Oscar nominations.

ABC7 and OnTheRedCarpet.com are your news sources for Oscars coverage. Live coverage from the Oscar red carpet begins at 2 p.m. PT. "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" broadcasts LIVE on ABC7. We're also streaming the show online and on the free On The Red Carpet iPad app, available now in iTunes.

When the last awards have been given out, watch continuing coverage of the Governor's Ball and all the Oscar night parties as "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" broadcasts LIVE on on ABC7. We're also streaming the show online and on the iPad app.

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