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8:30 p.m., ABC

Oscars night heats up on the red carpet

The 88th Academy Awards are kicking off with the usual red carpet festivities. Hollywood’s biggest stars are arriving in style in Los Angeles before the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. The show, hosted by Chris Rock, will be broadcast on ABC.

And the weather is perfect.

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Skies are partly sunny in LA and it’s 73 degrees on Hollywood Boulevard outside the Dolby Theatre with a slight breeze.

It’s a far cry from last year’s cold and showery conditions.

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There’s no plastic covering the carpet, leaving it open to reveal a palm tree backdrop along the boulevard.

This year, however, protesters urging a boycott of the awards have been congregating not too far from the red carpet.

Dozens of protesters converged on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue holding signs and calling for more diversity in feature films. The protest site is on a route traveled by many Oscars attendees and media covering the ceremony.

See photos of stars arriving on the red carpet ...

Matt Damon is nominated for best actor for his role in "The Martian."

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Matt Damon is nominated for best actor for his role in "The Martian."

“Spotlight” actor Michael Keaton.

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“Spotlight” actor Michael Keaton.

Actress Brie Larson.

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Actress Brie Larson.

Actress Reese Witherspoon.

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Actress Reese Witherspoon.

Presenter Charlize Theron.

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Presenter Charlize Theron.

Kate Capshaw (left) and Steven Spielberg.

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Kate Capshaw (left) and Steven Spielberg.

Charlotte Rampling.

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Charlotte Rampling.

Actress Olivia Wilde.

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Actress Olivia Wilde.

Cambridge’s own Mindy Kaling.

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Cambridge’s own Mindy Kaling.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum.

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum.

Actress Sofia Vergara.

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Actress Sofia Vergara.

Presenter Byung-hun Lee.

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Presenter Byung-hun Lee.

Michael Sugar, producer of the film "Spotlight.”

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Michael Sugar, producer of the film "Spotlight.”

TV personality Kelly Ripa.

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TV personality Kelly Ripa.

Whoopi Goldberg.

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Whoopi Goldberg.

From left: Joy Mangano, Jacqueline Miranne, and Mindy Kaling

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From left: Joy Mangano, Jacqueline Miranne, and Mindy Kaling.

Actor Abraham Attah.

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Actor Abraham Attah.

TV personality Michael Strahan.

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TV personality Michael Strahan.

TV personality Ryan Seacrest.

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TV personality Ryan Seacrest.

E! host Giuliana Rancic.

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E! host Giuliana Rancic.

Medford’s own Maria Menounos of the E! Network.

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Medford’s own Maria Menounos of the E! Network.

Actress Anne-Marie Carpendale.

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Actress Anne-Marie Carpendale.

People mingle by Academy Award statuettes on display at Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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People mingled by Academy Award statuettes on display at the Oscars.

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