Today, Feb. 23, 2013, Hollywood is putting the final touches on the most watch red carpet in the world. As the film industry sets to honor the best filmmakers of last year, hundreds of workers prepare the length of one block on closed Hollywood boulevard to welcome the biggest and brightest of film stars, directors, writers and various filmmakers.
The red carpet was open to tourists as of yesterday, but today access was limited to credential press only. Most of the Oscar statues are ready for their day in the spotlight as fill-in models pose in front of the cameras for sound and camera checks on the red carpet to prepare for talking to the celebrities in attendance. Lined-up along the red carpet are large drawings of Oscar ladies of yesteryear, including Grace Kelly and Bette Davis. Gracing the entrance of the Dobly Theatre (renamed after the bankruptcy of Kodak) is a beautiful gold statue consisting of several Oscars of various heights. The statue will greet Oscar attendees once they finish climbing the staircase of gold and red.
Tomorrow, just one day shy of a full moon, stars will arrive to the red carpet, entering from Hollywood and Highland. In what is a secure. lock-down moment for Hollywood, the sky will be blue and the temperature agreeable.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 and will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The night will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com