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.
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 ...