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Photos: Oscar gets red carpet-ready for the Academy Awards

BY   February 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT

Final preparations were underway in downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon for the 87th Academy Awards just hours before the toast of the town was set to arrive.

Although the height of the event will last only a few hours at LA’s Dolby Theatre, preparation for the Oscars venue began weeks ago when an entire block of Hollywood Boulevard was shut down.

And as workers meticulously comb every last fiber of the red carpet (literally) and polish the statuettes, the rest of Hollywood also prepares for its biggest night of the year.

An Oscar statue is surrounded with roses during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015.  Photo by REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An Oscar statue is surrounded with roses during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A man makes final preparations along the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A man makes final preparations along the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Adrees Latif

An Oscar statue is uncovered outside the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

An Oscar statue is uncovered outside the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Opera singer Carol Froehlich of New York sings on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Opera singer Carol Froehlich of New York sings on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Rehearsal actors stand on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Rehearsal actors stand on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater during preparations leading up to the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 21, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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