Oscars hoping for golden moments, prepare for rain

Crews preparing for a rainy red carpet decide to keep tents in place over Academy Awards arrival line.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 22, 2015) (REUTERS) – Early morning gray skies on Sunday (February 22) blocked out the traditional “Kodak” moment of a golden sunrise over the Oscar red carpet on Hollywood Blvd. Instead, the increasing threat of wet weather ahead has resigned organizers to the fact that this year’s Academy Awards arrival line will play out with seven clear canopies providing protection from the weather.

“The tents are not coming off now, we are at the point of no return,” said Joe Lewis, whose job it is to get the red carpet ready for the Oscars. “They’re up and that that’s the first time they’ve been put up on Oscar Sunday but they’re here to stay.”

Lewis and his crew of 30 team members, who’ve worked 18 hour shifts the past week on the red carpet were still busy with final preps on Sunday morning that included putting the famed Oscar statutes in place, checking the seams along the red carpet and dressing the arrival line with drapes and flowers that add the perfect backdrop for the stars to shine.

“We’re in the final touches mode,” said Lewis. “Most of the big things have been done and we are making it pretty as we like to say. We’re just preparing for the rain, and while there is a lot of work to do the big stuff is done.”

The actual task of preparing for the Academy Awards is a year round job, in the planning that it takes in transforming a block long stretch along Hollywood Blvd. into the biggest and most exciting red carpet.

Security for the red carpet as one would expect was very tight and will be throughout the event.

The 87th Academy Awards, the film industry’s biggest night, will serve up its share of suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most seasoned experts.

But those nail-biters will come at the tail end of the three-hour ABC telecast from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where first-time host Neil Patrick Harris will guide a show heavy on humor, magic and music from big artists like Lady Gaga.