The Oscars get the "carpet" rolling

19 de febrero de 2015 04:34 PM

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Los Angeles, Feb 19 (EFE).- The organizers of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony got the ball rolling by rolling out the red carpet, a clear sign that Hollywood's long awaited night is about to get underway.

Ironically, the Oscars' iconic "red carpet," is not red but maroon, and its main job is to make a busy street like Hollywood Boulevard look as a film set for a day.

Nearly 20 workers from ATC company laid the carpet on the boulevard where the Dolby Theater (previously known as Kodak Theater) stands.

It is a trial-and-error manual job, in which measuring tape, glue and rollers are a must.

The workers will cover about 4,200 square meters (45,000 square feet) of road and sidewalks.

The Walk of Fame will also be covered by the flamboyant carpet, down which the nominees and other acclaimed artists from the world of cinema will parade.

Vehicles have not been allowed to drive through Hollywood Boulevard since Feb. 15, when the preparations for the Oscars began.

However, not all their work will appear on TV, as the "red carpet" does not only cover the street outside the theater, but also all the way to the very entrance.

"We try to be a professional body and make everything look good," Rudy Morales said.

He has been working on the setting and removal of the carpet for the last seven Oscar ceremonies.

According to Morales, this was just another job and had none of the charm about which reporters spoke of in their articles.

Apart from some meters of carpet, the Oscars hide a few other secrets.

The Dolby Theater is actually located in a shopping mall, a fact that surprises millions of tourists every year.

Any other day of the year, one can buy make-up, clothes, souvenirs and even have a coffee in the very same corridor actors and actresses use to get to the theater where the Oscars ceremony is held.

Further on, an escalator takes visitors to the second floor, where "50 Shades of Grey" is currently being screened.

A total of 5,000 people are accredited to take part in the Oscars preparations, in which the organization counts on a number of extras that dress up as nominees and sit in seats that would otherwise be empty, so viewers can enjoy a proper Hollywood show.

Once again, Los Angeles -a city that gets 300 days of sun each year- will be threatened by rain Sunday, when nominees will find out whether they will carry home the coveted prize.


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