- Title: USA: Oscar red carpet readies for its close-up
- Date: 22nd February 2009
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 21, 2008) (REUTERS) RED CARPET OSCAR SIGN 2009 STATUTES UNDER WRAPS VARIOUS OF TV CREWS SETTING UP VARIOUS OF RED CURTAINS BEING PLACED ON THE ARRIVAL LINE WIDE SHOT OF STATUE VARIOUS OF FLOWERS BEING PUT IN PLACE ENTRANCE TO THE KODAK THEATRE VARIOUS OF WORKERS ON THE RED CARPET VARIOUS OF PAINTING OF STATUE (SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGINIA BELLONI, SCENIC ARTIST WORKING ON RED CARPET, ON FINAL PREP WORK, SAYING: "Right, it goes over and over. We go over and over it until looks really sharp." RED CARPET WIDE SHOT WORKERS ON THE RED CARPET STAND INS FOR CELEBRITIES CLOSE UP OF SIGN FOR STAND IN (SOUNDBITE) (English) LESLIE UNGER, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE ACADEMY (AMPAS) ON THE COUNTDOWN TO OSCAR SUNDAY, SAYING: "We still have a whole lot of work to do. We're finalizing a lot of things. Obviously, rehearsals are still going on in the theater and we are still rehearsing here on the red carpet. By showtime, everything will look beautiful and everyone watching on TV will love and enjoy the red carpet." RED CARPET ARRIVAL SIGN
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- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:02:32
- Topics: Entertainment
- Story Text: Final preparations are underway in Hollywood for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
With Oscar Sunday (February 22, 2009) less than 24 hours away, an army of workers were busy outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood readying the red carpet for its close-up. The final prep work for the 81st Annual Academy Awards focused on things like the correct placement of fresh flowers, last minute paint touch ups and a rehearsal run through to make sure that everything looks the way it's supposed to for Hollywood's biggest night.
Scenic artist and red carpet veteran Virginia Belloni was among those working hard. She spent much of Saturday (February 21, 2009) touching up and re-touching up the giant Oscar statues that grace the arrival line.
"Right, it goes over and over," joked Belloni, on why she was in the process of repainting the Oscar display statues for a third time.
"We go over and over it until it looks really sharp."
Despite the recent run of wet weather in Southern California, Oscar organizers say they'll be ready for big night.
"We still have a whole lot of work to do," explained Leslie Unger, the Academy's Director of Communications.
"We're finalizing a lot of things. Obviously, rehearsals are still going on in the theater and we are still rehearsing here on the red carpet. By showtime, everything will look beautiful and everyone watching on TV will love and enjoy the red carpet."
The Oscars are given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The honors have become the world's top film awards and are coveted by filmmakers, actors and actresses around the globe.
The 81st Annual Academy Awards will take place and be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 22, 2009.
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