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Final preparations underway for Oscars

March 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
With a little more than 48 hours left before the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, the countdown is on as final preparations are underway. By Friday afternoon the Oscar crews were well into their around-the-clock mode, scrambling and trying to get the Kodak Theatre ready for the big awards show.

Journalists from all across the globe are still arriving and staking out their claim along the red carpet. Slowly but surely the world's most famous award show is gradually coming together in Hollywood.

Preparations are also taking place for the people covering the show. A wide spectrum of reporters from all around the world will be attending the Oscars.

"It's a thrilling experience to be here on the red carpet," said Terry Stackhouse, a student from Emerson College covering the show for MTV. "It's very exciting, a lot of hype and we're just waiting for the big day."

On Friday the Oscars behind-the-scenes names talked to crowds about what viewers can expect to see at this year's show. Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, will be the first tandem hosts since 1928.

"It will be a dynamic on the show that you haven't seen that makes the show more interesting and faster paced," said Academy Awards producer Bill Mechanic.

The producers of the show issued a warning to viewers, saying do not miss the beginning of the show. They said it's going to be the best start to the show ever.

Millions of eyes will watch the show worldwide and while only a select few will get to see it in person, others can at least see some of the costumes that helped earn the stars a trip to the Academy Awards at a new exhibit.

"And The Winner Is..." is the latest exhibit to hit the Hollywood Museum. It features the outfits worn in many of the Oscar nominated films this year.

"We have the top contenders; Meryl Streep and of course are Sandra Bullock both vying for best actress. So you have Meryl Streep with her fabulous Julia and Juliet costumes and of course Sandra Bullock from the Blind Side," said Hollywood Museum fonder Donelle Dadigan.

Getting into the Hollywood Museum will cost $15 for adults and $5 for kids. The exhibit will run until the end of April.