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Fans gather for Hollywood Oscars

2009-02-23 06:17:00 GMT2009-02-23 14:17:00 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Excitement and nerves for the biggest annual event in Hollywood is bubbling over, fans from all around the world are starting to gather and crews, production staff and the international press corps are working overtime to make sure it all goes to plan.

The Academy Awards celebrity arrivals and ceremony are among the most highly-watched events on television. So getting that all important red carpet prepared to perfection is vital.

Head of red carpet production Joe Lewis.

SOUNDBITE: Head Of Red Carpet Production Joe Lewis (English):

"The biggest challenge? I don't know that there are many challenges unless the weather changes. If the weather changes, then our challenge is just to stay ahead of it. Keep people safe and keep people dry. If the weather does not change, our challenge is really just flow and execution."

As crews work on the final touches, fans sit counting down the hours.

SOUNDBITE: Patricia Deledos, exchange student from San Sebastian, Spain (English)

"We've been here since I don't know what time waiting if we get the first line to see Brad Pitt, or I don't know who. So yeah, we're so excited to be here. (What celebrities do you want to see?) Yeah Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, I don't know, everybody. Yeah, Penelope Cruz, she is from Spain. I hope she wins the Oscar."

SOUNDBITE: Natalie Ship from Tiberias, Israel (English)

"Actually I came to the Oscar first of all to see Natalie Portman and second because I watch the Oscars for something like ten years. I love it. So it's my life right now."

Britain's Kate Winslet has been tipped to pick up her first Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of a Nazi prison guard in The Reader after being nominated six times before.

Neena Dhaun, Reuters.

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