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Plastic comes off for Oscar red carpet

February 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
On the eve of the 83rd annual Academy Awards, there was a last minute rush to make sure everything was perfect for Hollywood's biggest night.

Workers Saturday night were removing one of the rain tents covering the red carpet. Apparently the rain was no longer a concern. Some of the Oscar statuettes were also uncovered.

Reporters from around the world arrived to cover the Oscars. There were also some familiar faces rehearsing Saturday afternoon, including Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and fashion expert Tim Gunn.

One interesting change this year has been the makeover of the Oscar envelope, which reveals the names of the Academy Award winners.

Earlier Saturday, envelope designer Mark Freidland showed off the envelope to the media. He said his idea was to make a special keepsake to go with the golden trophy.

"What's interesting about doing this is that it's only touched by about 24 people for the 24 categories," said Freidland. "But it's seen by hundreds of millions around the world. And the phrase, 'The envelope please' has originated from the Academy Awards."

Young journalists were also honored by the Academy on Saturday. A pair of college students won a contest that gives them a spot on the red carpet for Sunday's arrivals.

Guests attending the Governor's Ball after the award ceremony will enter a vibrantly colored room featuring a palm tree centerpiece, sip champagne, dine and dance to Latin music.

"They just need to feel like they're in an environment where they can say, 'OK, it's over, we're here, let's enjoy the rest of the night, kick up our heels and congratulate each other,'" said Cheryl Cecchetto, the ball's producer.

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.

Then live reports from the post-Oscar parties and on Eyewitness News at 11 p.m. And Jimmy Kimmel is doing a special Oscar show at 11:35 p.m.

Oscar.com is your home for the 83rd Academy Awards.
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