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article imageOscars red carpet is well-oiled machine Special

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Waking the red carpet at The Oscars is a well-timed and rehearsed show. It also takes some time to get all the details into place.
As the week rolls around, Hollywood Boulevard is transformed into what will be the biggest fashion show on earth. Many workers toil to get this done. There is no slowdown once Oscar Week commences. In the process of the bleacher seats being assembled, the lighting, the sound, carpet, and all the other fixtures, the press still does its thing.
When it seems these forces can get in the way – each has their jobs to do – it goes on until show time. The Dolby Theatre is across the street from “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” That may help one get an idea as to where in Hollywood this takes place.
Now that the red carpet (more burgundy) is down, the rule for the last few years has been to keep plastic over it. This year’s color scheme has, of course, the red carpet, but there will be strips of black as well. This has been part of this scheme for the last few years. The bleacher seats will have black drapes, too. The art along the avenue will have black and white features, tinged with grey.
Sketchings adjourn the walkway and provides a feel of Oscar’s past. Plus, rehearsals take place as well. People are brought in to act as stand-ins for the stars and practice a walk through. This is needed for lighting and timing, and such.
2013 Oscars are here.
2013 Oscars are here.
Meanwhile, there will be no mention of the number this year. The number is 85. That would be The 85th Academy Awards. Nope, strike that. It is The Oscars.
Note that in many photos, too. In big bold letters, it screams – THE OSCARS.
- "After the Best Picture award has been given, Seth (MacFarlane) and Kristin (Chenoweth) will perform a special number and we think it will be a 'can't miss' moment," this note came from the producers.
- Some buzz is around noting that “Silver Linings Playbook” has gained ground. “Argo” may not be a shoe in. for "Silver Linings Playbook” may harken back to a "Crash" vs "Brokeback Mountain" year? Vote was completed Feb. 19.
- Added his week: Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe join this year’s Oscar® nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter in a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade, will perform. Truth is they were hoping "Les Miserables" would have done better and went with this theme and fit in nicely with the producers’ background.
- The number of features eligible for Best Picture this year is 282. That up from the previous year, 265.
- There are 5,856 voting members.
- Total number of Oscars awarded over the years, 2,856. This does include the present Governors Awards winners.
- The Oscar statuette is 13 and 1/2 inches tall; Diameter of Oscar statuette base is 5 and 1/4th inches and weight is 8 and 1/2 pounds.
To get an idea of what the walk is like. The limos drop off the stars on the corner of Hollywood and Highland. They will first get the official greeting from the ABC crew. Then they must all enter a security tent, located on the carpet path (this is where the Governors Ball event was held with Wolfgang Puck Feb. 21).
Red carpet in bunches here.
Red carpet in bunches here.
After that the red carpet unfolds with the press to the left and the fans to the right. As they progress, the carpet turns and head indoors. Press and fans line the way. Out of view of most cameras is the indoor path. It is the site of The Dolby Theatre, along with many shops, which are closed at the time. Upon entering there, it is an elegant walk until stairs appear. There are 21 stairs to climb, then a platform. Then there are 14 more stairs to climb before getting to the top.
Entering here means a walk up the stairs.
Entering here means a walk up the stairs.
When there, they will circle and enter the theatre. The must circle because at the top is a Oscar statuette, in all his glory, waiting to greet them. In fact, the red carpet has Oscar strategically placed along the route.
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