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Red carpet officially rolled out for Oscars

February 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The world's most famous carpet was rolled out Wednesday as preparations for Oscar Sunday continued in Hollywood.

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A section of the red carpet was set up outside of what was formerly the Kodak Theatre and was protected by a plastic cover. The rest of the carpet was rolled out at noon. The plastic cover will keep the carpet pristine until the stars arrive Sunday.

Plenty of Oscar work has already been done over the last few days. Bleachers and press stands have been set up, and the Kodak Theatre's new name was revealed exclusively on Eyewitness News Makers.

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"It will be live from the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California," said Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "That's what the landlord has asked us to do, and we're going to do it."

Red carpet officials have not yet been instructed to cover up the Kodak name, but they say they have the material and man power to accomplish the task by Sunday.

While it is crunch time for Oscar preparations, many of the workers appeared very relaxed Wednesday. Contributing to this sense of calm is the weather, which has been great all week and is expected to continue through Oscar Sunday.

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No stars have yet revealed their Oscar fashion choices, although George Clooney has joked about wearing long johns under his tux to keep warm.

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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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