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Breaking down what it takes to produce the Oscars this year

A statue of the Oscar is placed for transportation along Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the red carpet arrivals area continues on March 25, 2022 in Hollywood, California. - The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27, 2022. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
A statue of the Oscar is placed for transportation along Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the red carpet arrivals area continued March 25.

It will take more than 5,000 broadcast technicians, stagehands and associate directors, among many other professionals, to produce the Oscars this year.

Here's a glimpse at the large undertaking the production will take this year, according to Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis, an independent full-service communications and narrative consulting firm:

  • 55 cameras are used across the Oscars, pre-show, digital show and international feeds
  • 12 broadcast mobile units and more than 20 technical support and office trailers are used in the production
  • It requires 30 days to load, set up, rehearse and strike the show
  • All electrical power is provided by Los Angeles DWP. In the event of a power failure, a dual UPS backup system is used saving hundreds of hours of generator time and diesel fuel use
  • 14 miles of fiber optic cable are used to support the broadcast infrastructure
  • 1,500 lighting instruments and 18 miles of data and power cable are used to light the show
  • There are over 120 musicians and 80 dancers performing on this year's show
  • More than 45 presenters participated in Saturday rehearsals. The orchestra rehearses and records at the world-famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood prior to moving into the Dolby Theatre
  • The stage is 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep
  • There's a 32-foot-wide elevator on-stage that descends 50 feet into the basement to assist in changing scenery
  • The set is embedded with almost a mile of custom LED tape and is covered in 3,500 yards of pleated fabric
  • The on-stage video wall surface totals 2,400 square feet
  • There are more than 3,000 linear feet of red carpet created in custom "academy" red
  • It takes 600 man-hours to install and remove the carpet. The entire length of carpet is cleaned the morning of the show
  • There's a 70-person COVID team administrating over 14,000 PCR tests for the cast and crew
  • More than 200 countries air the Oscars, many of them live
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