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Despite traffic, Oscar prep excites visitors

February 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The barricades are up, Hollywood Boulevard is closed and the red carpet bleachers are in place.

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The Academy Awards is on Sunday. So expect delays if you're headed through Hollywood this week. Road closures around the Kodak Theatre are planned as crews get ready for the movie industry's big night.

There is nothing simple about getting ready for the world's most famous movie ceremony, and motorists are the first casualties when it comes to Oscar preparation.

"I think it's a little bit of a headache just having to detour," said Eric Maestre, who was visiting from Santa Clara. "We're here from out of town, just wanting to see the Chinese Theatre, so it's kind of an inconvenience."

Just six days are left before the Academy Awards, and drivers can expect to feel the pinch of preparations all six of those days.

Hollywood Boulevard is currently closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. There will be more closures in the area on Oscar Sunday, and the streets won't reopen until 6 a.m. on the Tuesday following the ceremony.

View an interactive map of all closures expected this week.

Some people visiting didn't realize the boulevard would be sealed off in front of some popular tourist attractions.

"I think it's a little bit of a headache just having to detour," said Eric Maestre, who was visiting from Santa Clara. "We're here from out of town, just wanting to see the Chinese Theatre, so it's kind of an inconvenience."

Security guards have been on standby around the clock since crews began moving equipment into place this past weekend.

"One thing I am amazed about is the amount of security," said Lynn Owen, visiting with friends from Austin. "Even a week ahead of time, there is so much security here. So that's interesting to see."

The bleachers, where fans will get an up-close look at celebrities, have begun to take shape. The red carpet and statutes will be assembled later in the week.

Watch a LIVE cam, as crews transform the streets for Oscar Sunday..

But traffic or no traffic, Hollywood enthusiasts are soaking up the experience.

"This is excellent, I've never seen this before," said Detroit, Mich. resident Jeffrey Jenkins. "This is very exciting for me."

Check out moments in Oscar history on the interactive timeline available on the official Oscar.com website.

Oscar.com also hosts the official Oscar blog, which will feature red carpet fashion trends and tips from chef and lifestyle experts for hosting the best Oscar party.

Leading up to the ceremony, "On The Red Carpet" co-host Rachel Smith will be doing interviews with hair and fashion stylists and makeup artists for the "Best Dressed" video series featured on Oscar.com.

The site also has a social media page, Oscar Buzz, which tracks comments from fans using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.

The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 on ABC7.

  • Live coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. PT with On The Red Carpet at the Oscars.
  • Live coverage of red carpet arrivals begins at 4 p.m.
  • The 84th annual Academy Awards starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • A complete wrap-up of the winners and after parties starts at 8:30 p.m.

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