Preparations underway on Hollywood Boulevard for cinema's biggest night
With excitement approaching fever pitch in Hollywood ahead of this weekend's Academy Awards, workers have been busily preparing the venue ahead of the big night.
A team of workmen descended on Hollywood Boulevard and roads were closed around the Dolby Theatre, which plays host to the awards.
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The first of the giant Oscar statuettes was put up in front of the theatre, and elsewhere giant billboards were installed bearing the Oscar logo and images of host Ellen DeGeneres.
And an integral part of the preparations will be the laying of the all-important red carpet that will be trod by Tinseltown's biggest names.
Although the aesthetics of the ceremony are still a working progress, the nominees' fates were sealed on Tuesday.
Thousands of ballot slips – both physical and in online format - were counted as esteemed members of the acting community submitted their votes before the 5pm deadline.
More than 5,000 panel members are responsible for deciding who will be going home with the prestigious accolades.
A full list of those who will hand out trophies was released on Monday. Other big stars announcing winners include Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L Jackson, Jamie Foxx and Penelope Cruz.
Those performing on the night, meanwhile include Bette Midler. Shortly after the news of her first ever Oscars gig was out, the iconic singer took to Twitter to ask her fans for song suggestions.
She wrote: "Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this years#Oscars?"
Her fans aren't the only ones who are looking forward to seeing Bette's performance. "This makes me so happy," wrote the night's host, Ellen, on her Twitter after retweeting Bette's big news.
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