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The 82nd Academy Awards

Hi-res images from Los Angeles Times photographers as Hollywood celebrates its big night.



BEST ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock accepts the Academy Award for actress in a lead role for "The Blind Side." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, after becoming the first woman to win the directing award, said: "There's no other way to describe it. It's the moment of a lifetime." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
BEST PICTURE: Kathryn Bigelow congratulates cast members from left, Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie of "The Hurt Locker" after the film won the Oscar for best picture. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges seemed to mention everybody he could think of after winning for his role in "Crazy Heart." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
GOLDEN TOAST: Supporting actress winner Mo'Nique and adapted screenplay victor Geoffrey Fletcher clink their Oscars in celebration. They won for "Precious." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
BACKSTAGE: Penelope Cruz prepares backstage before presenting an award. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
'AVATAR' SIGHTING: Ben Stiller, dressed as an "Avatar" blue man, prepares backstage before presenting an award. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
THE SCENE: Kathryn Bigelow and the cast of "The Hurt Locker." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
OSCAR EMBRACE: Nicolas Schmerkin, whose "Logorama" won for best animated short film, hugs his award. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
THE SHOW: Photo from the balcony of the Kodak Theatre during the opening of the 82nd Academy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
SHOW OPENER: Neil Patrick Harris performs a song-and-dance number to kick off the show. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
KIDDING AROUND: Kathryn Bigelow takes a choke gesture from James Cameron in good spirits prior to the start of the show. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
ON THE CARPET: Robert Downey Jr. romances his wife, producer Susan Levin, as they arrive at the Kodak Theatre under skittering clouds in an otherwise sunny sky. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
ON THE CARPET: Actor Morgan Freeman arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
FASHION: Cameron Diaz arrivals in the Orchid Court area at the Kodak Theatre. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
HOLLYWOOD GLAM: Charlize Theron on the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
ARRIVALS: Best supporting actor nominee Christoph Waltz arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards. Waltz would win the award for his role in "Inglourious Basterds." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
CONGRATS: Kathryn Bigelow is congratulated at the Governors Ball following the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. Bigelow won for "The Hurt Locker" and became the first female director to win the award. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
ALL SMILES: Kathryn Bigelow is all smiles as she holds her Oscar at the Governors Ball. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
GOVERNOR'S BALL: Jeff Bridges is greeted by Wolfgang Puck at the Governors Ball. Bridges won best actor for the movie "Crazy Heart." (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
OSCAR FOR AVATAR: Kim Sinclair holds his Oscar as he talks with James Cameron at the Governors Ball. Sinclair won the award for best art direction for "Avatar," which was directed by Cameron. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
ATTENDEES: Barbra Streisand with her husband, James Brolin, and John Travolta at the Governors Ball. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2010)
UNDER WRAPS: Oscar statues protected along the covered red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard as rain is expected for Saturday but is still uncertain for Sunday's 82nd Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 5, 2010)
ROLL UP: Juan Castro, left, and Claudio Gonzalez from American Turf and Carpet roll up red carpet to be moved to another location for installation as workers continue preparations for Sunday's 82nd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 5, 2010)
OSCAR RISING: Workers lift into place one of several 14-foot-tall Oscar statues at the base of the grand stairway along the Awards Walk to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 5, 2010)
FINISHING TOUCHES: Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo spraypaints the base of the giant Oscar statue placed Friday morning at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood which marks the entrance to the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 5, 2010)
MASTER CHEF: Wolfgang Puck conducts interviews at the Oscar Food and Beverage Previews, presenting food to be served at the Academy Awards Governors Ball following the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve the academy's 1,500 Governors Ball guests, which will include Oscar winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
FIRST COURSE: Crispy potato galette, smoked salmon, dill cream and baby greens created by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck will be the first course served at the Governors Ball dinner. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
GLAMOUR COCKTAIL: Julia Fitzroy, spokesperson for Moet and Chandon Champagne, pours the Moet Golden Glamour Cocktail, the featured cocktail for the red carpet and Governors Ball. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
EXCLUSIVE BUBBLY: Moet and Chandon Champagne is the exclusive Champagne for the Oscars. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
CHOCOLATE OSCARS: Chocolate Oscar statuettes created by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck will be featured at a Champagne bar at the Governors Ball following the awards ceremony. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
HEAVY LIFTING: Lighting crews work along the red carpet in front of the Hollywood and Highland Center as preparations continue for the 82nd Academy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
SIGNAGE: Academy Awards signage in front of the Hollywood and Highland Center. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
FINISHING TOUCHES: Scenic artist Stasys Pinkus adds finishing touches inside the Kodak Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 4, 2010)
CHOCOLATE OSCARS: Small chocolate Oscar statues, a signature treat of Chef Wolfgang Puck, will be available at the Governors Ball following the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 3, 2010)
UNDER WRAPS: Pedestrians walk on plastic-covered red carpet into the Hollywood and Highland complex past weather-protected Oscar statues. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 3, 2010)
COVERED: The red carpet along Hollywood Boulevard is covered with plastic -- and a giant tent -- in front of the Kodak Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 3, 2010)
BLUE CREW: Checka Propper, left, and John Campanelli pose for pictures outside the Kodak Theatre after recording a video segment that will air during the Oscar countdown on Sunday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 2, 2010)

COVERING UP: William Connor uses red drapes to decorate the stands outside the Kodak Theatre, where fans will pack the bleachers for a glimpse of their favorite celebrities. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 2, 2010)

MOVING DAY: Geoffrey Doleman carries an Oscar statue to a waiting cart to be transported to the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland for the 82nd Academy Awards this Sunday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 2, 2010)

HOLD STILL, OSCAR: Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo sands down an Oscar statue. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 1, 2010)

GOING FOR THE GLOW: Dena D'Angelo brushes up the golden guys as production crews begin set-up work on the grounds around the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 1, 2010)

PHOTO OP: A visitor from Germany, Christian Baab, takes photos of the Kodak Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 1, 2010)

LAYERING: Scenic artist Gayle Etcheverry applies a coat of primer to the statues. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 1, 2010)

LOOKING UP: Heidi Metzler, on spring break from college in Pennsylvania, takes photos of the Kodak Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 1, 2010)

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