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Oscar red carpet bleacher seat lottery opens today

Star-gazers interested in snagging a bleacher seat along the red carpet for next year’s Oscar ceremony will have one week beginning today to enter an online lottery.

The online registration will be available at www.oscars.org/bleachers beginning at 9 a.m. and ending 9 p.m. Sunday.

Only 700 bleacher seats are available for the Feb. 27 event. In late September, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will notify the winners, who will then be required to submit additional information for security information and final approval.

According to the Academy, as many as 20,000 people have applied online in past years for a shot at the coveted seats.

In addition to sitting along the red carpet prior to the Oscars, winners also will be invited to watch the telecast at a nearby private location, according to the Academy.

Winners are responsible for arranging their own travel and hotel accommodations.“

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