Will This Year's Be the Wettest Oscars? How the Academy Awards Are Prepping to Keep the Stars Dry
The National Weather Service says a storm could impact the area late Sunday
La La Land may be the musical creating the most buzz at this year’s Academy Awards, but outside the Dolby Theatre, the weather is predicted to make it look more like Singin’ in the Rain.
In response to the National Weather Service‘s forecast of storms hitting the Los Angeles area on Oscar Sunday, crews have built a rain structure to keep the night’s movie stars and guests dry on the red carpet.
In addition to the giant tent-like formation, hundreds of feet of plastic have also been used to protect the walkway where celebrities will be photographed heading into the biggest night of the year for films.
The National Weather Service says its current models predict that energy from the north and the west could combine off the coast to produce a storm that would impact the area late Sunday or early Monday.
Rainy weather dampened the Academy Award festivities in both 2014 and 2015.
In 2014, umbrellas ruled when stars began arriving and most of the red carpet was uncovered. Even the giant Oscar statues outside to welcome the honored guests of the evening were covered in plastic. However, the Los Angeles skies soon returned to their usual sunshine.
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The weather proved to be a problem in 2015 as well, when rain gathering on the busy walkway created puddles and turned the carpet into a maroon color. Publicists tried to keep their clients dry and camera-ready, themselves getting soaked in the process.
The Academy Awards kicks off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. ET pre-show and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!