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In pictures: Oscars preparation

Waterproof coverings for the red carpet

Water sight! This year's Oscars could be rather wet, so every step is being taken to try to keep the red carpet outside dry.

Laying down the red carpet

The Oscars are the film industry's top awards. This is where all the top stars - including Johnny Depp - will make their glamorous arrivals, so it's got to be kept immaculate.

Security in place for the Oscars

Security is always tight at the Oscars, which are being held in a swish theatre in Hollywood, America, on Sunday.

Oscar statues covered in plastic attract some attention

These statues are even covered in plastic! At the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, 270 guests attended and tickets cost $5.

Gloria Taylor

There's loads of preparation and practice before the big event. Here Gloria Taylor is standing in for stars during preparations, including UK actress Dame Helen Mirren.

Microphone being tested

Testing testing: the microphones are all checked to ensure they will work on the night, which is the 80th annual event.

TV stations' spots on the red carpet

See the small writing? That's the place that TV stations have been given on the red carpet to try to catch a chat with the stars.

Two statues are transported for a famous after show party

All around Hollywood, preparations are going on for post-Oscars parties. Someone's even having two giant statues delivered. Cool!

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