Final preparations for the 84th Academy Awards are in full swing at the Kodak Theatre as the big event is just hours away.

While the rehearsals for the award presentations and acceptance speeches are progressing at the back stage, television crews are busy rehearsing for the non-stop coverage of the event.

Crews are not leaving anything for chance as they spruce up the red carpet before the arrival of the guests Sunday and conduct security sweep in the area with the sniffer dogs to make sure the safety of the evening.

Take a look at the preparations at the Kodak Theatre for the annual big event in the film world.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, more viewers tuned in for this year's Grammy Awards than this past Sunday's Oscar ceremony. The Academy Awards raked in 39.3 million total viewers, a boost of 1.4 million to their usual audience. But it wasn't enough to outshine the Grammy telecast, which drew in 39.9 million viewers earlier this month.Reuters
A photographer takes pictures of an Oscar statue on the red carpet arrival area during preparations for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2012.Reuters
An Oscar statue in preparation for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 23, 2012.Reuters
Workers unload an Oscar statue in preparation for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 23, 2012.Reuters
A general view of the red carpet area as preparations for the 84th Academy Awards continue in Hollywood, California February 25, 2012. The Oscars will be presented on February 26.Reuters
Preparations for the 84th Academy Awards continue in Hollywood, California February 25, 2012.Reuters
A general view of the red carpet area as preparations for the 84th Academy Awards continue in Hollywood, California February 25, 2012. The Oscars will be presented on February 26.Reuters
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Shawn Schull (2nd-L) greets another worker after he and John Shipston (R) carried a large piece of artwork to the red carpet area during preparations for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 23, 2012Reuters