A neighborhood-wide power outage has affected the strong tourist area of Hollywood Boulevard, including Ovation Hollywood, the complex set to host the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.
The outage was reported Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. The Dolby, located across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — where many A-list stars prepare for the Oscars red carpet — is experiencing a series of damages and recoveries. Power. Ovation Hollywood, a shopping area formerly known as Hollywood & Highland, has seen several key areas completely dark, including the credential and security offices. The Dolby Theatre, which will host Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, is part of the Ovation site.
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Sources close to the Academy say that power has been restored indoors at the Dolby Auditorium for the time being. Rehearsals are going on as planned.
An employee explained, “The Oscars are trying to be more green but this definitely wasn’t part of the plan.” Diversity,
Academy staff informed people waiting on the red carpet and showing credentials that they were working on a fix with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. On-site reporters say that lightning has returned to the red carpet. Parking garage elevators are operational, however escalators are frozen.
Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the Oscars on Sunday evening, marking the third round of late-night hosts for the ceremony. He previously hosted the show in 2017 and 2018. After going two years without a host, the Oscars returned to the traditional format for last year’s ceremony, recruiting Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall for duty.
The 95th Academy Awards are set to air live on ABC on Dolby at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday.
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