And the Emcee is ...

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For the first time in 30 years, the Academy Awards will be without an emcee. Designated host Kevin Hart dropped out after homophobic remarks from his past surfaced and it appears no one dares step in and take the reins. The last time the Academy Awards went without a host, the world got that Rob Lowe/Snow White song and dance. Nobody wants that again. Here's hoping the telecast moves along smoothly with entertainment we expect from the Oscars — and surprises us with some we don't. One thing we can count on is Humboldt's slinkiest soiree is the place to watch the carpet and the fun unfurl.

The sixth annual Red Carpet Gala, presented by Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the historic Eureka Theater, is ready for Humboldt's close up. All the action takes place Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Eureka Theater ($30, $25 advance).

Glam it up for your red carpet entrance, where it's all smiles and snapping bulbs. Then make your way to the lobby for signature cocktails and live music before gathering up your wrap and sashaying down the aisle to watch the 91st Academy Awards broadcast live on the big screen. During the commercials, dash to refill your drink or check your teeth, or stay seated for the Film Commission's local Film-Friendly awards, videos and music by RLA Trio.

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