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Oscar final touchups, preparations under way

February 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
With the 84th annual Academy Awards just hours away, crews are working on final touchups before the stars arrive on Sunday.

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The protective plastic cover on the red carpet was taken off, leaving it exposed to a barrage of footsteps. The carpet looked a bit worn and dingy by Saturday afternoon, but crews planned to vacuum the carpet for a thorough sprucing up later in the evening.

Highland Avenue was expected to be closed starting midnight so the red carpet can be extended a little further for the stars' arrival.

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Television crews have been rehearsing nonstop with stand-ins assisting by doing interviews and walking the red carpet, just as the stars will when they arrive Sunday at around 2 p.m.

Crews are able to pay more attention to details this year because they don't have to worry about having a rain tent up and having to take it back down.

"We've never really had that much time to do that before because it was like, put up the tent, take down the tent. It's a luxury. If you look around, my crew and everybody is just smiling. No umbrellas, just sunscreen," said Bob Rang, art director for the Academy Awards.

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Tourists out on Hollywood Boulevard are snapping pictures and taking in all the sights. Two sisters from New Hampshire say it's not what they expected after watching the Oscar arrivals on TV.

"Totally different from what you see on television. In some ways, it's smaller, but in other ways it's big. It's definitely an experience, a terrific experience," said Donna Burke from Portsmouth, N.H.

Burke and her sister Debbie Sutherland said they got to walk on the red carpet Friday and even touch the Oscar statues.

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"We were like right in there. It was awesome," said Sutherland.

The statues are covered in protective plastic bags, which will be removed Sunday so the statues can get their final paint touchups.

Early Sunday morning, crews plan to execute a security sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs to make sure everything is safe in the bleacher area as well as the security tents for the stars' arrival.

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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 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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