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Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.21 at 23:48

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We’re less than 24 hours away from this year’s Academy Awards — and they’re a long way removed from the ceremonies Carole Lombard attended. For one thing, the event’s predominant media coverage will come from television, not radio, print or newsreels. For another, they’ve been stationed in one spot for about a dozen years now…the Dolby (neeKodak) Theater, part of the huge Hollywood-Highland complex.

Since this is the first Oscars I’ve witnessed as a Los Angeles resident, I made my way to Hollywood Boulevard today, getting off at the Hollywood/Highland station. (The stop will be closed all day Sunday.) As soon as I made my way outside, here’s what I saw…

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..a huge version of Oscar, as well as two billboards for the event. Yes indeed, this is Hollywood’s (figurative) high holy day.

Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange has been shut down for a week to set things up for both the press and for those stars who’ll walk along the red carpet…

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As the overcast morning continued, I kept playing tourist by photographing the Walk of Fame stars — including this one, of course:

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But other stars were snapped as well, such as Roger Ebert (I’m still ticked off the fine bio-documentary “Life Itself” did not receive an Oscar nomination)…

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…as well as another fine writer and an upstate New York hero of mine, Rod Serling:

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Across the street at Grauman’s Chinese, I photographed the footprints of William Powell and Myrna Loy…

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…Doris Day and Joan Crawford (not a team, just concrete neighbors)…

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…Joan Blondell…

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…Marion Davies…

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…Jean Harlow…

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…and Constance Talmadge, who with sister Norma helped start the tradition:

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It should be a wide-open Academy Awards, though I must confess I have no real rooting interest this year (unlike a few years back, when I was pulling for “The Artist”). All I know is that I’m currently learning the ropes of screenwriting, and one of these years I hope to give an acceptance speech for winning Best Original Screenplay. Keep your fingers crossed.

maryland women's basketball big ten champs 2014-2015

Meanwhile, I’m delighted to deliver this news: The University of Maryland women’s basketball team are the 2014-2015 Big Ten champions in their initial season in the conference…and they didn’t even have to play Saturday to clinch the crown. That’s because Ohio State knocked off second-place Iowa, the only member with a chance of even tying the Terrapins. (How remote were the Hawkeyes’ chances? Maryland still has three games to play.) The Terps, ranked fifth nationally, are currently 15-0 in the B1G, bidding to become the first team to go 18-0 in conference play since Ohio State did it 30 years ago.

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Posted February 22, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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