2:30 p.m. update: Oscar's charmed run with Mr. Doppler Radar continues. It's overcast and gusty but not even drizzling anymore. The Hollywood hills look Kodak-moment ready, with all the smog blown off into the Valley and points beyond. (For what it's worth, the Sunday school field trip went off just fine too.) Looking forward to having an early dinner tonight and live blogging ABC's telecast of the Big Kahuna of kudocasts. Curious to see what ABC skeins win the gold in terms of getting the most promo love from the network during the telecast. And I wonder what the over/under is on when the first reference will be made to the writers strike or the pending Screen Actors Guild contract negotiations. I'm thinking 10-15 minutes in, max.
This morning's precipitation isn't just creating angst for Team Oscar -- it's messing with my daughter's planned Sunday school field trip. So let's all appeal to the higher power of our choice and think positive, dry thoughts that the rain eases up pronto.
Rain or shine, however, the Oscars will go on (at this writing I'm not sure that's the case for the field trip) tonight, complete with a covered red carpet processional.
On Saturday, the final-final prep at the Kodak Theater included the ceremonial transport of the not-yet-inscribed statuettes, and on Friday, Oscar preshow host Regis Philbin, helmer Louis Horvitz (Regis and Lou pictured below), exec producer Gil Cates and Acad prexy Sid Ganis held a powwow with reporters to talk up the show.