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Oscars: LAPD plans heavy security; Hollywood streets shut down

February 24, 2013 | 10:40 am

Oscar statues are moved into place for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

The Los Angeles Police Department will be on high alert during the Academy Awards, and numerous streets around the show's Hollywood venue will be closed Sunday.

The LAPD has not released any details of its security plans. A law enforcement source told The Times Sunday that security will be heavy but that there are no extra precautions being taken this year. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the security measures were ongoing.

The Oscars are being held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland Center. 

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Typically, the LAPD has snipers with 50-caliber rifle on roofs and a robotic forklift known as "Batcat" capable of lifting a bomb-filled truck. Even the way the limousines enter the area has been designed to slow their passage by forcing them to weave around concrete barriers.

Several hundred officers in uniform will staff checkpoints and road blocks while a couple hundred are working as private security, donning tuxedos to provide personal and red-carpet protection.

Hollywood Boulevard was to be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Public buses were to be rerouted, according to the Oscars' website.

Additionally, the Highland Avenue offramps from the 101 Freeway will close.

Here are some of the other planned closures, according to the website:

-- Orchid Street from 60 feet south of Franklin Boulevard to Orchid Alley until 6 a.m. Monday, except for residents, emergency vehicles and hotel loading.

-- Orange Drive from Orchid Alley to Hollywood Boulevard until 6 a.m. Monday, except for residents, local business access and emergency vehicles.

-- North and south sidewalk of Hawthorn Avenue from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive to 6 a.m. Monday.

-- North sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday. MTA station to be bypassed by the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday until the first scheduled train after 6 a.m. Monday. Pedestrian traffic rerouted to south sidewalk.

-- West sidewalk of Highland from Johnny Grant Way south to Hollywood Boulevard from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday.

-- Johnny Grant Way from Highland to Orchid Street from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday.

-- Remainder of Hawthorn Alley from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

-- Orange Drive from Hawthorn Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

-- North sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to 300 feet east in front of closed businesses from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. 

-- South sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to 300 feet east from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, except for 8-foot pedestrian access. 

-- South sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the north-south-running Hawthorn Alley from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. No pedestrian access to cross alley.

-- East sidewalk of Highland from Hollywood Boulevard to Hawthorn from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, except for 8-foot pedestrian access. 

-- West sidewalk of Highland from Hollywood Boulevard south to Hawthorn from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, except for 8-foot pedestrian access.

-- East sidewalk of Highland from Yucca Street south to the alley from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, except for 8-foot pedestrian access.

-- North and south crosswalks on Hollywood Boulevard at the Highland intersection from 4 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

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Photo: Oscar statues are moved into place for the Academy Awards. Credit: Al Seib/ Los Angeles Times

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