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Oscar producers share what's new this year

February 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Nothing can dampen the excitement that's been building for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Oscar weekend kicked in with an abundance of crews from all over the world, many of them arriving to weather they did not expect in sunny Southern California.

But the people working on the show aren't worried about any kind of weather raining on their parade.

"There are events where if it is going to rain the whole thing is ruined and you are in this complete panic," said Oscar producer Bruce Cohen. "The Oscars isn't really one of those. We are inside and the carpet is tented. But are we wishing for a beautiful, sunny day? Yes we are."

But for the time being, the plastic is in place so the stars can be red carpet ready on Sunday. And once they make it inside the Kodak Theatre, the show's producers plan on giving them, and all of us, something new.

"We are trying to use more contemporary technology," said Oscar producer and director Don Mischer. "To create a canvas for the look of the show on the stage, and be able to fill that canvas with types of different imagery as we go through the show."

"One example is that this year is the 10th anniversary of the Best Animated Feature," said Cohen. "So when we give out the two Oscars for animated feature and animated short, we transition the stage to Shrek because Shrek won the first Oscar for Best Animated Oscar 10 years ago."

With James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the helm, this 83rd year for the Academy Awards will mark the first time a man and a woman have hosted together. And when it comes to the acceptance speeches, there's something you won't see, but the winners will.

"We've developed a new device this year," said Mischer. "It is a visual graphic that will move on the teleprompter screen. It starts at the top, begins to move down while they are speaking. So they will have a very gentle reminder of how much time they have left."

On Sunday, the first two awards that will be given out are Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

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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