A neighborhood-wide power outage affected a stretch of the tourist-heavy Hollywood Boulevard area, including Ovation Hollywood, the complex that will host the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Reports about the blackout first surfaced on Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. force. Ovation Hollywood, a commercial area formerly known as Hollywood & Highland, saw several key areas go completely black, including security and credential offices. The Dolby Theatre, which will host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, is part of the Ovation venue.
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Sources close to the Academy claim that power was quickly restored to the Dolby Auditorium after a brief blackout inside. Trials continue as planned.
“The Oscars are trying to go greener, but this was definitely not part of the plan,” a staff member said. Variety.
Power was restored to the site at approximately 3:00 pm Operations resumed at the credentialing offices.
Academy staff informed people waiting for the red carpet and displaying their credentials that they were working in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on a solution. On-site reporters claim power was back on the red carpet within an hour.
Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the Oscars on Sunday night, marking the late-night host’s third round as the ceremony’s emcee. He previously directed 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, enlisting Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall for the duty.
The 95th Academy Awards will air live on ABC from Dolby on Sunday at 5 pm PT.
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