Preparations have begun for the glittering 2016 Oscars ceremony

by hellomagazine.com

Rows and rows of Oscar statuettes have been set up outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, which can only mean one thing – it's almost time for the Academy Awards! The A-lister event falls on Sunday and ahead of the 88th annual ceremony, preparations have begun.

Staff have been working around the clock to ensure that everything is in order for what is arguably the biggest night in film.

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This year's Oscars ceremony takes place on Sunday

The larger-than-life gold statues have been wiped and polished with a fresh lick of paint, while workmen have built stages and media pens outside the venue.

The 500 foot-long red carpet is yet to be rolled out but when it is, it will be flanked by rows of tiered seating where superfans, who have already bought tickets, can sit and watch Hollywood's finest arrive.

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The larger-than-life gold statues have been given a fresh lick of gold paint

Indoors, behind-the-scenes staff are preparing the golden envelopes that will be sealed and will hold the names of Sunday's winners. Labels, such as those for Best Picture and Leading Actor, have been pressed onto the envelopes and the embossed cards that read "And the Oscar goes to..." have been carefully placed inside.

Hundreds of millions of viewers will be tuning in around the globe to watch the glittering ceremony. Leonardo DiCaprio's legions of fans are hoping that 2016 will finally be his year. The 41-year-old has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant.

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The dozens of envelopes are being prepared

In London's Leicester Square, the Odeon cinema has shown its support for the popular nominee by temporarily changing its name to "Leodeon".

Despite some actors and actresses boycotting this year's ceremony, Leo's friend and former co-star Kate Winslet, who is also up for an award, has said that she will attend.

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The Odeon cinema is rooting for Leo, who has been nominated for Best Actor

"I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo's year," Kate told Press Association. "And he's my closest friend in the world and I just couldn't imagine not being there to support him, and I think those are reasons enough really to show my face."

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