LOS ANGELES — The Oscars red carpet has started with an unwelcome guest — hard rain and a blast of cold air.
Rain was a possibility for Sunday, so the carpet is protected with a large tent.
But just as stars like Billy Porter and Tamron Hall arrived, the skies above the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood opened up in a downpour.
The position of some camera crews had them just outside the tent, sending them scrambling to find tarps and plastic to protect their gear.
“Oh my God the tent is leaking,” said one photographer who noticed a hole over the massive Oscars sign.
Harried staff are running around with squeegees trying to bump excess water off the tent.
Temperatures were in the high 50s on Sunday, which is considered cold in Los Angeles.
The downpour didn't dampen the red carpet looks of early arrivals, including Porter. The “Pose” star wore a glistening, gold metallic top with a feather effect and a full skirt depicting the interior of the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.