Oscars venue hit by power outages ahead of ceremony – Variety

A neighborhood-wide power outage impacted part of the rugged tourist area of ​​Hollywood Boulevard, including Ovation Hollywood, the complex that will host the Oscars on Sunday night.

Information about the outage first emerged on Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. Located across from the Dolby, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – where many A-list stars do their makeup for the Oscars red carpet – has seen a series of power losses and recoveries. Ovation Hollywood, a commercial area formerly known as Hollywood & Highland, saw several key areas go completely dark, including the accreditation and security desks. The Dolby Theater, which will host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, is part of the Ovation site.

Sources close to the Academy say power was quickly restored to the Dolby Auditorium after a brief blackout inside. Rehearsals are going as planned.

“The Oscars are trying to be greener, but that was definitely not part of the plan,” a staffer said. Variety.

Power was restored to the site around 3 p.m. Operations at the accreditation offices have resumed.

Academy staff briefed those waiting on the red carpet and showed they are working in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on a fix. Reporters on the spot specify that the current returned to the red carpet within the hour.

Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the Oscars on Sunday night, marking the late-night host’s third round as host of the ceremony. He previously directed the show in 2017 and 2018. After 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 the duty.

The 95th Academy Awards are scheduled to air live on ABC from Dolby on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. PT.

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