LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the red carpet is chaotic outside, it's mostly calm within the Oscar ceremony's home.
As attendees sip cocktails in the lobby, stagehands are doing some last-minute hammering on the stage and vacuuming in the aisles inside the Dolby Theatre.
Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris is also in the midst of some final prep work for his first turn as Academy Awards host.
The "How I Met Your Mother" co-star changed out of the grey tux he was sporting minutes ago on the red carpet and into a pair of jeans and a shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
Harris is running through a bit of jazzy choreography in the middle of the stage, a final run-through before Hollywood's biggest night begins.
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