To a great number of you, the Oscars are a fun night in, a chance to gawk at celebrities, check out ladies fashion, and make bets on who’s going to win or lose.
To us in Los Angeles, it’s also a headache.
It’s a couple weeks of trying to find out when they’re going to shut down that stretch of Highland Avenue (a block from the former Kodak Theater), and generally make life a nightmare for people who actually live in Hollywood.
From the USA Today, pretty much boiling it down:
“The 84th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, and as we all know that means a traffic cluster**** for those among us who aren’t being escorted down Hollywood Boulevard by helicopter or limousine or something else that we don’t even know about,” whines the local blog LAist.
The Los AngelesTimes is a bit more subdued, stating that “Hollywood street traffic and subway operations were being disrupted Sunday in preparation for the evening’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony.”
The website says several blocks of main thoroughfares Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue are closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Several streets around the Hollywood & Highland Center — home to the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, site of tonight’s show — also will be closed.
Some streets aren’t scheduled to reopen until Tuesday, the Times reports.
Public transportation won’t help much, either. The Times says the Hollywood/Highland Station subway stop is closed today.