Final Touches Made to Red Carpet Before 2015 Oscars; Street Closures in Effect

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The 87th Academy Awards were scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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As final touches were made to the red carpet before the stars made their debut at the 87th Academy Awards Sunday, Angelenos were warned of street closures and the possibility of rain and protests.

The 87th Academy Awards were scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
The 87th Academy Awards were scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Actor Neil Patrick Harris was lined up to host the Oscars Sunday night, and KTLA anchors Sam Rubin and Jessica Holms’ coverage of red carpet arrivals was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. A preview show aired at 2 p.m.

Nominations for best picture included “American Sniper,” also nominated for best actor Bradley Cooper; “The Imitation Game,” also nominated for best actor Benedict Cumberbatch; “Birdman,” also nominated for best actor Michael Keaton; “The Theory of Everything,” also nominated for best actor Eddie Redmayne and best actress Felicity Jones; “Selma,” “Boyhood," “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash.”

Other best actor nominees included Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher.” And best actress nominees included Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night,” Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl,” Reese Witherspoon in “Wild” and Julianne Moore for “Ask Alice.”

Civil rights groups planned a protest of the Oscars over its lack of diversity, as no ethnic minority groups were represented among the actor and actress nominees, Reuters reported.

Street closures were in effect Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, through Monday morning due to the Oscars. (Credit: KTLA)
Street closures were in effect Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, through Monday morning due to the Oscars. (Credit: KTLA)

And Sunday could be the first Oscars to see rain since 2010, with a 70 percent chance of showers in the Hollywood area after 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A winter weather warning was issued for Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, warning of the possibility or rain through 4 p.m. Monday, the service stated.

Closures Sunday and Monday include the following locations and times, according to the Oscars' website.

  • Hawthorn Alley from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue until 6 a.m. Monday
  • Orange Drive from Hawthorn Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard until 6 a.m. Monday
  • North sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to 300 feet east of Highland Avenue in front of closed businesses until 6 a.m. Monday
  • South sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to 300 feet east of Highland Avenue, except for 8-foot pedestrian access, until 6 a.m. Monday
  • South sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the north-south running Hawthorn Alley until 6 a.m. Monday. No pedestrian access to cross alley.
  • East sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Hawthorn Avenue,  except for 8-foot pedestrian access, until 6 a.m. Monday
  • West sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard south to Hawthorn Avenue, except for 8-foot pedestrian access, until 6 a.m. Monday
  • East sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Yucca Street south to the alley, except for 8-foot pedestrian access, until 6 a.m. Monday
  • North and south crosswalks on Hollywood Boulevard at the Highland Avenue intersection  until 6 a.m. Monday
  • Highland Avenue from Sunset Boulevard to Franklin Avenue  until 6 a.m. Monday
  • Hollywood Boulevard from La Brea Boulevard to Orange Drive  until 6 a.m. Monday
  • Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Cahuenga Boulevard until 4 a.m. Monday

The following closures have an exception for local residents, local business access, and emergency vehicles, the Oscars' website stated.

  • Hawthorn Avenue between Orange Drive and La Brea Boulevard until 4 a.m. Monday
  • Hawthorn Avenue between Highland Avenue and McCadden Place until 4 a.m. Monday
  • McCadden Place between Yucca Street and Hollywood Boulevard until 4 a.m. Monday
  • Yucca Street between Highland Avenue and Wilcox Avenue until 4 a.m. Monday
  • Wilcox Avenue between Sunset Blvd and Cahuenga Boulevard until 4 a.m. Monday

Restricted access on streets that end at or intersect Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue were at the discretion of the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation, according to the Oscars' website.

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