Oscars 2023: Power Outage in Hollywood Threatens Awards Show Prep

Power Outage in Hollywood Threatens Awards Show Prep

The power just went out near the Dolby Theatre a day before Hollywood’s most glamorous night.

The lights went out Saturday afternoon on one of the most famous blocks in Hollywood.

With a day to go before the Oscars showtime, a power outage threatened preparations for Sunday’s telecast. Shortly after 1 p.m., a source on-site at the Ovation Hollywood complex reported that power was out on the entire block between Highland and Orange Avenues, a stretch of Hollywood that is about to be the most heavily trafficked block in town.

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Crew and awards insiders were stuck in elevators, and local shop owners were forced to close up for the day, per eyewitness accounts. The news comes after a few days of heavy rainstorms across Los Angeles that are expected to clear up before the awards show begins Sunday.

The outage was devastating from an event production standpoint. Per the insider, power was out at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue for upwards of three hours. The Academy’s credential team — a group stationed inside the Loews and responsible for credentialing hundreds of media professionals, publicists and crew — was been disrupted as the server is down. “Chaos,” the person said, adding, “Everything is at a standstill.”

Rehearsals inside the Dolby Theatre were ongoing and outage inside was only temporary, lasting seconds before it went back on. It’s unclear if the Dolby’s electricity was able to operate using separate generator.

Per an update close to 3:30 p.m., sources reported the power had been restored on the block. The Academy notified press that shortly after 3 p.m. that the credentialing process was being extended by several hours, until 7 p.m., “due to today’s unexpected power outage.”