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Meet the man behind the Oscars' red carpet




Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood.
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Before the Oscars begin this Sunday, all eyes will be on the red carpet show.

The gowns, the glitz, the glamor -- but until then, the red carpet is all about hard labor. As the clock winds down Friday, crews kept hard at work, putting up bleachers and tents, laying the carpet, and keeping the tourists off it. 

The carpet is over 600 feet long and more than 30 feet wide. Rolling out the carpet takes just as much planning, too. Joe Lewis is the red carpet king and he said planning for the big event starts early.

"It literally starts early in the summer, planning and the creative and the direction we're going to get from the Academy," he said. 

Lewis said the carpet has to be durable because of the amount of traffic it sees on that one night. And in an effort to be sustainable, crews try to recycle some of the material. 

Construction for the event starts 12 days prior to the big show.

"We progress everyday leading up to show week. Carpet is down now, barricaded off with plastic, and people are walking across it, not the general public," he said.

As for the rest of the time when it's not in use? The glamorous carpet is kept in a storage facility until the big day rolls around again.