Today is THE BIG DAY IN L.A.!
It's that magical day of the Academy Awards!
Hollywood has been getting ready since this past Monday. Streets have been blocked off, cranes and trucks have moved bleachers, giant Oscar statues and carpeting into place at the Kodak Theatre, while spectators watched.
Even though workers have always covered up everything with protective plastic during the set-up days, because it rained this past week - including late in the day yesterday - they had to make sure that all of the plastic kept the entire area dry. A huge tent was put up over the length of the red carpet, which was also covered in sheets of plastic.
But yesterday evening, it was decided that the tent covering the red carpet wouldn't be needed today, and could be taken down. As crews worked throughout the night, the plastic covering the Oscar statues, the red carpet and everything else was removed. With no rain in sight, and clear blue skies, the finishing touches to the red carpet areas were done!
So, after all of the festivities of the night are finished, just what happens to the "Red Carpet" that is so iconic? Do they clean it and reuse it for the next year - which would be the eco thing to do? Do they cut it up for fans to have pieces of it as souvenirs? Or do they just roll it up and send it to a landfill?
I've lived in L.A. for almost twenty-six years, and have never thought about this before now. But I am on a quest to find out the answer. So if anyone has knowledge about what becomes of the "Red Carpet" used for the Academy Awards when they clean up, please email me. I will also do my own research through some of the local entertainment reporters, and see what I can find!
Have fun watching all of the Oscar festivities, and...
... come along for the ride!
Photos courtesy of Celebrity-Gossip.net and The Red Envelope/The Los Angeles Times