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Oscars 2008 preview

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Under cloudy skies, the workers prepare the area outside the Kodak Theatre for the Oscars on Sunday. (Ric Francis / Associated Press)
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Yocayani Sanchez of American Turf and Carpet lays out the red carpet on Tuesday morning. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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The curtain outside the Kodak gets raised into place on Monday evening. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Workers help right a giant Oscar statue just off the truck on the Monday morning before the Oscars. The statue will be located next to the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Production assistant Timothy Neighbors carries an Oscar statue into the press room of the Renaissance Hotel on the Tuesday before the awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Backstage at the Academy Awards
Telecast producer Gil Cates, left, and designer Roy Christopher show off the model of the set at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Backstage at the Academy Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled a model of the set it will use for its 80th Academy Awards show, to be telecast Feb. 24 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Movie clips will be shown on a 40-foot screen during the awards show. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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The look of the set’s large columns can be changed with coverings, or they can be moved out of the way entirely. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Backstage at the Academy Awards
Producer Gil Cates talks about the upcoming telecast with a Taiwanese TV station. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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