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  • 3 March 2014, 2:57

Oscars: Wettest Academy Awards In History

The 86th Academy Awards are set to be the wettest ever after Southern California's 100-year drought ended very abruptly when torrential rain swept the sunshine state.

The onslaught resulted in road closures and mud slides, as 1.53ins of rain fell on Los Angeles on Friday alone - that's more than the city's had in the last eight months, according to the National Weather Service.

The downpours were welcomed by farmers in fear of economic disaster, but the rain has created a painstaking job for Oscars ceremony organisers, who are battling to keep the famous 500 feet-long red carpet pristine under plastic sheeting.

Water seeped under the covering to make the carpet slippy and soggy, and workmen battled the elements as they erected the huge structure which supports the world's media (2,000 member of the press are here), and 700 fans who come to watch arrivals from the bleachers seats.

The set-up for Oscars night is huge.

Hollywood Boulevard is closed for over a week, and hundreds of people are employed to construct the site, deal with media, cover catering and support the event.

Ellen Degeneres returns to host for a second time and show producers hope to attract more than 40 million US viewers, as well as many more in the other 225 countries the show is watched live from.

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