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Oscar statues fly from Chicago to Los Angeles

Oscar fever took flight as the coveted statues boarded a specially named flight and headed to Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

February 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Oscar fever took flight Thursday as the coveted statues boarded a specially named flight and headed to Los Angeles.

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United Airlines renamed a commercial flight from Chicago to Los Angeles "Oscar 1" in honor of its tiniest and most famous passenger.

Oscar had his own boarding pass and a major entourage, and he even got to tour the cockpit before taking off from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The pilot of the 757 called the statuette his most prestigious "non-human" passenger yet.

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and other officials personally escorted 42 of the coveted trophies to Beverly Hills. The Oscars will be carefully guarded by the Academy until the big day.

The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 on ABC7. Coverage begins at noon PT.

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, beginning on Feb. 11. Smith will also be covering live events and offering post-show analysis of Oscar night fashions for the site.

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

It was announced in November, that Billy Crystal would return to host the 84th annual Academy Awards.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.