Final preparations before Oscars night are underway

Mark Ross
By Mark Ross
February 26, 2017USshare

Media crews began setting up as lighting engineers and construction crews put the finishing touches on the Oscars red carpet on Saturday (February 25), one day ahead of Hollywood’s biggest night.

More than 1200 media personnel have been credentialed for the Oscars this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and their broadcast partner ABC have spent millions of dollars to produce the awards show.

An entire block of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theatre, where the event is held, has been gated off and closed to the public. Tourists armed with smartphones and cameras packed in against the gate to take selfies in front of the red carpet where Hollywood’s elite will stroll into the theater tomorrow.

“It’s really cool because I saw it on TV and now I am looking at, it so it is really cool,” said Auria Forney, a 12-year-old from nearby Santa Clarita, California.

Sasha Davenport from Fairfax, Virginia flew in with her friends, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star star-studded red carpet on Sunday (February 26).

“Well, it is just an opportunity to see so much going on that ‘s going to be aired in front of the whole world. So it is just a great experience to be here and be able to witness first-hand.”

The show begins on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST.


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