Oscar love and road closure news…

white_gloves.jpgThis is the first year in many that I’ve actually looked forward to watching the Academy Awards. For once, almost everything and everyone I wanted to receive an Oscar nomination actually received one, from Terrence Howard’s performance in “Hustle & Flow” to the best film and directing nods for “Good Night and Good Luck.” And Jon Stewart as host? Pure genius.

Anyway, in spite of being one of the few contributors here that happens to love the movie industry, and who still gets a thrill when a film crew is crashing my neighborhood, it’s still my duty to give a heads up that Hollywood will be a pain in the ass to navigate until sometime early next week:

A block-long stretch of Hollywood Boulevard will remain closed for at least a week to accommodate preparations for the 78th annual Academy Awards presentation scheduled for Sunday, authorities said.

The closure from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive, in front of the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars will be handed out, will allow for the installation of bleachers, pre-show stages and red carpet. In addition, authorities will conduct thorough security checks, said Sgt. Karen Leong, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police recommend that motorists use Franklin Avenue or Sunset Boulevard.

Police recommend that motorists use Franklin Avenue or Sunset Boulevard. (LA Times)

And if you’re like me, you may want to check out the “Meet the Oscars” exhibition at Hollywood & Highland where you can hold and get a photo with an Academy Awards statuette. There’s also a gallery of Oscar related photos, plus the fifty statuettes to be handed out on Sunday will be on display. The exhibit runs until Friday. (picture from A.M.P.A.S.)