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Red Carpet Stairway

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Picture of the red carpet stairway leading to the Dolby Theatre

Red Carpet Stairway

©2011 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
On Oscars night, the stars arrive right out front and walk up a real red carpet to the awards ceremony, but the rest of us have to make do with this red-tiled tribute. Flanking the Grand Staircase are lighted columns bearing the name and year of every Academy Award-winning Best Picture since 1927. And the empty spaces should carry them well into the 21st Century.

In case you've watched the ceremony on television and are thinking it doesn't look the same, you're right. Before awards night, draperies are hung to hide the storefronts and lots of lighting is brought in to set the scene. And we've heard (but can't confirm) that the steps were specially designed to make it easier for all those richly-clad celebrities to walk on in ultra-high-heeled shoes.

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